Support Personhood in 2016!

 

Some establishment pro-life groups are trying to get rid of the Personhood movement.  They say the Personhood strategy has failed and therefore should be abandoned.  Ironically, they suggest we go back to the same incremental "chip away" strategy that's been failing for 40 years.


The fact is, public opinion has been split on abortion 50/50 for that whole 40 year period, plus or minus a point.  Yet Personhood has been driving a shift in public opinion here in Colorado toward a 100% BAN ON ABORTION!

2010 Amendment 62 YES votes
: 509,062 (29%)

2014 Amendment 67 YES votes: 702,544 (35%)

In 2014,
200,000 MORE Coloradans voted to end abortion than just 4 years before!  That's despite being outspent 1300 to 1 and the GOP nominee for US Senate chickened out and come out against Personhood!  No other strategy has the power to change public opinion at that rate.  Certainly not the "chip away" strategy that's been failing for 40 years.

  • Since 1967 Gallup Polls show a consistent 48-52% opposition to abortion. That's not changing... except in Colorado, where an increasing number of voters want to end all abortion

  • Supposedly, incremental regulations have reduced the number of abortions in states where they've been tried.  But they're counting only surgical abortions, whereas chemical abortions (using abortion pills) are killing millions of already-conceived human children every year.

  • By definition, Personhood protects the "human person" -- Personhood doesn't ban birth control.  Personhood laws can't affect anything that doesn't kill a human child.  Personhood says killing a human being is murder, no matter what tool is used.  Some forms of birth control will kill a developing human child. Every other form of birth control is NOT AFFECTED!

  • Anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce is often cited as having used incremental regulations to end slavery, but that's not how it happened!  In 1818 he realized even though he'd banned the slave trade, the British public was still pro-slavery.  Why?  He realized he'd cleaned up the industry, and the public figured a "well regulated" slave industry was painless and ethical.  Wilberforce embraced the Personhood strategy, and banned slavery in the British Empire in 1833, having taught the British public that Black people are human beings with rights.

  • Regulations that "draw the line," saying abortion can happen here, but not there, fail to teach the humanity of the unborn child.  Instead, the public learns to see the unborn as a dehumanized commodity (as owned property), and "the abortion debate" as merely a squabble between advocates of two extremes.  Personhood, instead, teaches the public about the humanity of the unborn child -- it's a human rights crusade!  If the population speaks, it doesn't matter what courts say.


The "Substantial Obstacle" Test: In both 1992 (PP vs. Casey) and 2007 (Gonzalez v. Carhart) the US Supreme Court  indicated any law which poses a "substantial obstacle" to "the abortion right" would be considered unconstitutional.  In other words, any pro-life law that's effective, they've already said it's unconstitutional!!!


The only way around that is...


The Blackmun Loophole: In the text of Roe v. Wade, Justice Blackmun concluded: “(If the) suggestion of personhood [of the preborn] is established, the [abortion rights] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”  Over and over, in the written and verbal discussions of Roe v Wade, Supreme Court justices identified Personhood as the trigger that invokes 14th Amendment protection. Society has shown a willingness to accept “human being = person” and the courts may also, especially  if the public does.


Do the Math
: Personhood will save more babies over time, while "chip away" can't save many at all.  In Colorado Personhood has already gone from 27% to 35% of voters saying "End all abortion now!" So it's not unreasonable to believe Personhood could succeed in abolishing abortion within 10-15 years.

  • If regulations save 12,000 babies a year for 20 years that’s 240,000 babies saved over 20 years.

  • If regulations save 100,000 babies a year for 20 years that’s 2 million babies saved over 20 years.

  • If Personhood takes 10 years to pass, but protects 100% of babies from legal abortion, that’s 10-20 million babies saved over 20 years!

Personhood will save more babies than regulations in the long term. But pro-lifers are busy spending millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours pushing ineffective "chip away" regulations instead of Personhood!

-Colorado Right To Life

p.s. Not convinced yet? See another way of viewing this!

CRTL Battle to Pass an Abortion-Neutral Fetal Homicide Law

Crimes Without Justice Served:
Longmont 2015Michelle Wilkins suffered the most atrocious killing ever of a Colorado mother's unborn child.
Aurora 2012: Ashley Moser's unborn baby is the unrecognized 13th victim in the Aurora murders.
Longmont 2012: Heather Surovik's baby "Calling him a 'fetus' is offensive to our family."
Denver 2011: Lori Gorham's eight-month old baby was killed by a hit-and-run driver. 
Grand Junction 2007:  Lileigh Lehnen died an hour after she was born. Colorado courts rejected the murder charge but contradicted themselves, not surprising in our abortion-confused world, by upholding other charges including "child abuse leading to death". So, Lileigh was a child but not a person.
Colorado Springs 2003: Leah Gee was murdered while 7 months pregnant with little Jerimiah fighting for life for weeks before dying yet the courts ruled against filing a murder charge for his death.
Colorado Springs 2002: Amanda Hanson was four months pregnant when she was murdered along with her unborn son.

CRTL's Abortion-neutral Unborn Victims of Crime Act: Colorado Right To Life asked a prosecutor to write a single-sentence abortion neutral law that would enable prosecutors to fight for justice in such cases. The resulting law has been introduced in the state legislature year after year. It has passed the House once, but typically is killed by the pro-abortion Democrats and Republican establishment leaders:

"If the commission of any crime in this Title [18 of the Colorado Criminal Code] or Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statutes is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species Homo sapiens, the respective homicide and assault charges for that death or injury may be brought contemporaneously with the underlying charges."

 

 

 

 

 

CRTL in Newsweek's Cover Story: Any politician willing to kill a single person is disqualified.

The cover story for the October 9, 2015 issue of Newsweek magazine quotes Colorado Right To Life saying about the anti-abortion personhood amendment, "Any politician willing to kill a single person is disqualified." Subtitled, Colorado is the future of American politics, the story by Nina Burleigh reports on marijuana, guns, and God.

CRTL's 2-Minute Contribution to the Viral Videos Phenomenon

A TEACHABLE MOMENT
Outrage Over Body Parts Videos Squandered by Defunding Efforts
Defund Planned Parenthood Bills Typically Fund Abortion
Politicians Against PP Funding Give Record Funds to Abortion 

Lesson from Presidential History: Former president George W. Bush claimed to be against tax funding of abortion yet the Bush administration increased funding to Planned Parenthood by nearly a billion tax dollars over and above what Bill Clinton had been able to give them, and this was true even though for four years Bush and the Republicans had a historic monopoly on power with the trifecta of control over the executive branch, and the legislative branch, and the U.S. Supreme Court. And G. W. Bush gave Planned Parenthood all that money even though it is fungible, and even though in a typical year 98% of Planned Parenthood's pregnancy "services" consist of abortion. Further, just like Roe v. Wade was a Republican ruling, written by Republican Justice Harry Blackmun and passed by a Republican majority, so too, Republican George H.W. Bush initiated Title X funding, amounting to many millions of dollars per year, to Planned Parenthood.  

Lesson from Baby Body Parts Videos: With the public outrage over Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts, what should pro-lifers do now? Do we provide political cover for "pro-life" politicians and talk show hosts like FNC's Megan Kelly who can grandstand against harvesting body parts from "potential life" by urging them to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood? Of course not. Instead, CRTL offers this response:

"With the viral body parts videos, America has run out of excuses. The abortion clinic says that they are merely removing tissue. But 'tissue' does not have a heart, lungs, arms and legs. Planned Parenthood is killing babies. Everyone knows that. And they're even selling the body parts. A baby is a person made in God's image so we must all fight to protect each child by love and by law."

RegulationsR.us Begins ISIS Ad Campaign

DENVER, Summer 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than a dozen organizations along with www.RegulationsR.us have launched a social media campaign to urge the Islamic terrorist group ISIS to employ more humane forms of killing. A series of messages, each inspired by a specific piece of pro-life legislation, urges ISIS, for example, to use anesthetics prior to a beheading. For more info, click here or email, write or call us:

Colorado Right To Life
3401 Quebec St #10300
Denver, CO 80207
office@ColoradoRTL.org
1-888-888-CRTL

Ongoing: If you see a misguided "pro-life" child killing regulation being proposed, please make it a habit to post one of these ISIS Regulations memes to help people realize the immorality and absurdity of the effort to regulate murder. You can grab them from our page here at CRTL, or go to AmericanRTL.org/isis for a handy list of links. Thank you!

The Daily Kill: Warren Hern 40 Years Later

* The Daily Camera: Boulder, Colorado, May 30, 2015: After 40 years in Boulder, abortion doctor Warren Hern is still at war. From this Alex Burness article:

Hern collects himself and, with cutting, dead-serious eyes, says, "You see why I hate these people? I hate them." He repeats that twice more under his breath.

"I hate them. I hate them."

'It's a civil war'

The feeling is quite mutual.

Bob Enyart... spokesman for Colorado Right to Life — roundly condemns the killing of abortion doctors and says there is "no justification" for their role in "the long war against God."

Even in cases of fetal anomaly, he says, "It's never a thorny issue whether to love a child.

"You don't love the child by killing it, and you don't love the mother by turning her into an accomplice," Enyart says. "Warren Hern is not motivated by a desire of freedom for the woman and her family. As with the left generally, his is a world view of killing the innocent and protecting the guilty."

The full Boulder Daily Camera story appears here. Bob provided the following to Burness, but this information did not make the cut:

* 1991 Flashback -- Pro-lifer Interviews Warren Hern: Nearly a quarter century ago, on July 3, 1991, late-term abortionist Warren Hern appeared as a guest on a Denver radio station on the pro-life radio program Bob Enyart Live. As then published in the Denver Catholic Register, the following dialogue on Denver radio's 50,000-watt AM 670 KLTT occurred between Mr. Enyart and nationally-known author of the Abortion Practice textbook, Boulder Colorado's late-term abortionist Warren Hern:

HERN: Abortion has to do with fundamental decisions people make about their lives... Of course the public debate is about who is going to make that decision. The individual or the state.

ENYART: So women and families should make the decisions, these life or death decisions?
HERN: Yes.

ENYART: Did you notice the news story this week; some doctors went to a judge to try and appoint a legal guardian for a woman who was in a coma? Her husband wanted to continue medical treatment.
HERN: Yes, I saw that.

ENYART: But the doctors wanted to cancel medical treatment.
HERN: Right.

ENYART: Would you have agreed with that judge, then, that no, those doctors didn't have a right to appoint a legal guardian?
HERN: No, I think the doctors were doing the right thing and I support the doctors' point of view although I'm not involved in that case and it has obviously nothing to do with abortion. But I think it's absurd to maintain someone on life support systems when they are not even functioning.

ENYART: So even though the family wanted to continue to medical care, you would have taken that decision away from the family?
HERN: Well, I think that is, a, I, I thought we going to be talking about abortion. This is really not a question I was prepared to discuss. It's clearly one in which I have interest in, and it relevant, but why don't we stick to abortion.

This transcript, first published statewide in the Denver Catholic Register, alerted a hundred thousand families to the truth that abortionist Warren Hern unwittingly admitted: that it is people like him who should decide who should live and who should die. The pro-abortion American Bar Association summarized the case as "the first attempt in the nation to wrest control of a patient's fate out of the family's hands." Oliver Wanglie wanted to continue care for his 87-year old wife Helga, as did their two children and other doctors at the same hospital, yet they were dragged into court by two Minneapolis doctors and the hospital that was trying to get the state to overrule the family. This case illustrates the deception of abortion and euthanasia advocates who claim to believe that these "life and death decisions" are for the family and individuals to make, when in reality, they will urge the state to come down against the family on the side of killing the innocent.

The family should be overruled by the government imposing the euthanasia and abortion industry's decision to euthanize (or abort) the innocent, including our own loved ones. This is the actual belief system of this nationally-known abortionist. By claiming to be "pro-choice," he is a liar. The entire Planned Parenthood organization, by extension and evidence, also lies about its own position. The abortion industry's lack of action against, and even arguably its funding of, China's forced-abortion program proves that Planned Parenthood itself is not even "pro-choice" but simply pro-death. Abortionist Warren Hern violates even his own immoral standard, and would usurp the family's supposed right, and give that power to the government, to "make that decision" regarding life and death. The truth is that the abortion and euthanasia leaders believe "unwanted" human beings should die. The family's desire is irrelevant to them, unless it coincides with their own desire to kill the innocent.

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