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Published:February 12th, 2007 11:40 EST
Colorado Seeking Ban on Abortions

Colorado Seeking Ban on Abortions

By Krista Belles

Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe is among one of the biggest sponsors in Senate Bill 143, a bill that seeks to ban all abortions in the state of Colorado unless the mother's life is in danger.  When asked why he was such a staunch advocator of an anti-abortion bill, Senator Renfroe replied, "I think today's aborted baby is the black slave of our history, and when you take a look at that, that was piece of property, it had no rights the owner was able to do what they wanted." The controversial proposal is being debated today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The ban would make no exceptions for abortions in cases of rape or incest.

Organizations such as Planned Parenthood are opposing the legislation. Daniel Kessler, the spokesman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has stated that he feels the utility of the bill is suspect. He doesn't feel that a ban on abortion would lower unplanned pregnancies or abortions. He stated, "All the statistics show that women who have access to family planning and good information make good decisions."

Kessler also states that the bill is not only irrational, but illegal. He is referring to the constitutional right granted to women in Roe v. Wade. Kessler has also raised questions about the bill's approach to cases of rape and incest. "It's completely extreme," he said. "It would force a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault to carry her pregnancy to term."

Last year, South Dakota became the first state to approve a ban of this type but the voters later repealed the decision because it lacked exceptions for rape and incest victims. State Senator Renfroe has acknowledged that the bill is facing an uphill battle but is confident of the outcome.