Colorado GOP Goes All In on Cruel Abortion Ban
Today is the start of the 15-day period where proponents will attempt to gather signatures to get yet another abortion ban onto the ballot in Colorado this November. Supporters of Initiative 120 are currently short by almost 10,000 signatures, and with the backing of the Colorado Republican Party, they promoting a cruel 22-week abortion ban that offers no exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, fetal diagnosis, or domestic violence.
Despite Colorado voters of all affiliations rejecting abortion bans at the ballot not just once, not just twice, but three times in the past 12 years, anti-choice proponents continue to attempt to insert a blatantly political ban on a medical procedure into our Constitution. This year, they’re doing it with the full support of the state’s Republican Party, whether it’s from Chair Ken Buck or their vice chair/renowned anti-choice activist Kristi Burton Brown. This past December, the Denver Post Editorial Board called on voters to not let Initiative 120 make it onto the ballot.
Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll released the following statement in response:
“Again and again, Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters in Colorado have rejected attempts to restrict reproductive freedoms at the ballot box — yet anti-choice proponents won’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Initiative 120 is a cruel, calculated proposed ballot measure that would put the Colorado government in OBGYN offices between patients and their doctors. The idea that the Colorado Republican Party would enthusiastically endorse an abortion ban that leaves no exception for cases of rape or incest is beyond the pale, but ultimately not surprising.
“If the Colorado Republican Party would like to join us in reducing unwanted and unintended pregnancies, they should start by supporting LARC and other measures offered by Colorado Democrats in the state legislature to expand access to contraceptives, which has led to a huge decrease in teen pregnancies. Otherwise, we should call Initiative 120 what it is — a cruel, cynical attempt to take away a Coloradan’s ability to control their own body.”