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Published:February 15th, 2007 15:45 EST
Colorado Lawmakers Reject Ban on Abortion

Colorado Lawmakers Reject Ban on Abortion

By Krista Belles

Lawmakers vote against recent proposal to ban abortions.

A Colorado Senate committee voted yesterday to kill the bill that proposed a statewide ban on abortions. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 against the measure with all Democrats voting against it and all Republicans voting for it.

Senator Bob Bacon stated he remembered the days when classmates of his would die from abortions performed by coat hangers and knitting needles and did not want to return to those days.

Senator Scott Renfroe, the largest supporter of the bill, told the committee that abortion "is the civil rights issue of today." He introduced many speakers including women who had previously had abortions and were suffering from substance abuse, depression, and troubled relationships following the abortion. Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Warne, who suffers from spina bifida and is in a wheelchair, also spoke in favor of the ban. She stated that no one, including her mother, had the right to decide if her life had value.

Karen Allard Campbell of the Republican Majority for Choice was infuriated by the proposal.

"I'm frustrated by my party and their focus on divisive social issues such as this," she said.

In addition, Monday, the Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved a measure that requires hospitals to inform rape victims of the availability of emergency contraception. An amendment was included in the bill to allow pharmacies to post a sign if they do not keep the drug in stock due to religious or moral beliefs.