Repub. Senate Pres. Bill Cadman Should Stop Affirming Abortion

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Colorado RTL Urging Republican Senate President Cadman
Not to Reaffirm Abortion in Moment of Crisis

Denver, 3/31/15 -- Colorado Republican Bill Cadman is opposing efforts to pass a Fetal Homicide bill that is abortion neutral. The Senate president is unwittingly making a horrific moment even worse. "The unconscionable crime against Michelle Wilkins and her baby Aurora in no conceivable way justifies Cadman's plan," said CRTL president Biff Gore, "which would mar new legislation by using it to reaffirm abortion."

While the abortion industry opposes any kind of fetal homicide legislation, Sen. Cadman is playing into Planned Parenthood's hands by using his office to affirm their core business. Alternative legislation, appearing in full just below, has previously passed the Republican-controlled House. This single-sentence bill is abortion neutral because, unlike other states' laws, it authorizes homicide charges while neither addressing nor affirming abortion.

"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."

"We ask Senate President Bill Cadman to reverse course," said CRTL vice president Susan Sutherland, "and to oppose any effort to explicitly exempt some killing of unborn children. Colorado deserves fetal homicide legislation not bogged down in abortion politics."


Contact Donna Ballentine
Colorado Right to Life
1-888-888-CRTL
303-753-9394


Please Help: Please contact Republican state legislators, initially especially the senators at 720-432-3467, and ask them to introduce a fetal homicide bill that does not reaffirm abortion.

CRTL Battle to Pass an Abortion-Neutral Fetal Homicide Law

March 2015 Update 
Longmont 2015Michelle Wilkins suffers perhaps 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 in recent years been passed by the House but killed by the Democrat-controlled State Senate :

"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."

Colorado's HB 15-1128 vs. Good Incrementalism

[For pain capable bills, waiting periods, abortion clinic regulations (like HB 15-1128), heartbeat bills, informed consent, anesthesia, "protected class" bills, etc., see Compromised Incrementalism below.]

PRINCIPLED INCREMENTALISM

When personhood is finally enforced in law, of all the abortion laws then in effect, only the principled incrementalism bills will not be thereby abolished. All compromised incrementalism will be repealed when personhood is in effect. As American RTL wrote to Dr. James Dobson in American RTL's full-page open letter that appeared in newspapers around the country, "Incrementalism is fine; compromised incre­mentalism violates God's enduring command, Do not murder."

Examples of Principled Laws

  • Fetal Crimes Bills: only principled UVCA bills, but not those re-affirming abortion
  • Divesting Pension Funds: from companies that perform or support abortion
  • Parental Involvement: in medical care, but not mentioning nor re-affirming abortion
  • Born-Alive Infant Protection: though moral, legal protection for survivors backfires
  • Prohibit Embryonic Stem Cell Research: for both publicly and privately funded use
  • Prevent Insurance Coverage: prohibit any health insurance from covering abortion
  • Prevent Funding of Abortion: prohibit financing of abortion (without re-affirming abortion and its funding as is usually done)

American RTL's two must-read articles, Oppose Regulations Because... and Oppose Exceptions Because... explain the principles that must be adhered to in order to write principled incremental legislation. In summary, the God-given right to life must be advocated without exception. As an example of a horrendous violation of those principles, see ARTL's PBA Summary: Saved Not One, about the 15-year fundraiser that took in a quarter-of-a-billion dollars for the pro-life industry, yet as Dr. Dobson wrote, "Ending partial-birth abortion... does not save a single human life." Rather than being a victory, many pro-life leaders have since condemned the U.S. Supreme Court's Gonzales v. Carhart ruling upholding the PBA "Ban" for being a virtual late-term abortion manual.

COMPROMISED INCREMENTALISM

On the other hand, morally compromised legislation can be recognized in that they are child-killing regulations, present child-killing exceptions, and in that they therefore:
   - end with "and then you can kill the baby"
   - would keep abortion legal if Roe were ever merely overturned.
"And then you can kill the baby" bills include:

Examples of Unprincipled Laws

  • Informed Consent (here's an example)
  • Waiting Periods
  • Abortion Clinic Regulations (like HB 15-1128)
  • Partial-Birth Abortion "Ban" (for example PBA: Saved Not One)
  • Late-term Bans (including pain capable, heartbeat, and anesthesia bills)
  • Fetal Pain Anesthesia Bills (here's an example)
  • Parental Notification or Consent
  • Etc.

Use the Personhood Test: One way to help people see whether or not an abortion law is principled or not is to apply the personhood test. When America finally recognizes the personhood and God-given right to life of every child, some pro-life laws will become redundant and unnecessary. However, other laws which include "pro-life" regulations and exceptions will be explicitly invalidated and annulled. The pro-life laws that will be merely rendered no longer necessary are the principled incrementalism. The abortion regulations that will be invalidated are the compromised laws. An example of this is found in Ohio's HB 125 "heartbeat bill" which bans the killing of an unborn child only after the detectability of a heartbeat). Morally compromised incremental efforts have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their supporters but undermine the nation's recognition of the sanctity of human life. Principled pro-life laws build toward victory. So American Right To Life urges everyone to oppose compromised incrementalism and to support only principled laws, and especially personhood!

Compromised: Abortion Clinic Regulations, Pain Capable, Heartbeat, Etc: Just like Roe v. Wade, pain capable bills, clinic regulation bills, etc., specify the conditions under which a child can be killed. In this 25-second clip, Focus on the Family, without realizing it, demonstrates how the child-killing regulations that they support actually backfire. Still in 2015, the pro-life industry is working to improve the image of the abortion industry. This January 2015 report puts on display the judgment of Americans United for Life (AUL) and the public relations work being done for Planned Parenthood, unintentionally, by this well-meaning state affiliate of Focus on the Family...

Please help Colorado avoid this kind of "pro-life" legislative confusion and moral relativism which, for a third-of-a-century now, has further entrenched child killing in America and continues to postpone the eventual defeat of the child-killing industry.

Personhood Vote Grows from 2010 to 2014!

Personhood Vote Grows from 2008, to 2010, to 2014! The YES vote on Personhood grew to narrow our loss from a 27%, 3-to-1 defeat in 2008 (Amendment 48), to a 29% defeat in 2010 (Amendment 62), to now 35% voting YES on the pro-life Brady personhood Amendment 67. So we've narrowed the loss from 3-to-1 to better than 2-to-1. That encourages us!

Join Us: in praying for the wisdom and resources to build on this increase the Lord has given us. Another way of looking at our growth from 2008 to 2010 is that we saw a ten percent increase in those who voted Yes! Please pray with us and work with us now so that we can reach even more people so that together we will protect every child by love and by law.

So, This Is What "The Beginning" Looks Like:

Colorado's 2014 Personhood Amendment 67 won outright six counties!The Brady Personhood Amendment 67 won six counties outright! So, as it turns out, this map is what the beginning looks like!

CRTL THANK YOU TO:
From Biff Gore and the whole team at Colorado RTL, we give a heartfelt thank you to:
- Heather Surovik, Brady's mom
- our partner Personhood USA
- our campaign director Susan Sutherland
- our supporters, volunteers, and prayer warriors
- the hundreds of churches that honored God by not remaining silent
- And we most want to thank our Lord Jesus Christ, our God, Creator, and Risen Savior!

Colorado RTL needs YOU to be a wise and effective protector of the innocent! So please if you can, sign up for the Right To Life Education program at ARTL and get a 40-year pro-life education in only 40 days!

Kathy Ireland Eloquent on Life at Conception

Kathy Ireland, the grown up Christian Kathy Ireland, eloquently explains the truth that the personhood movement seeks to recognize in law, that life begins at conception...

Please ask God to help you to protect your unborn neighbor by love and by law.

Questions? Call 1-888-888-CRTL

March for Life 2015 - Saturday, January 17

 

 

 March for Life 

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

  The State Capitol in Denver


Bring your family and friends to march with thousands of others for life at
every stage and every age.

 

 

 

THANKS FOR COMING OUT!

 


 

 

The rally on the West side of the State Capitol will be at 1 p.m., with a march around Civic Center Park at 2:30 p.m. See the march route, about 3/4 mile, at this link.

 

Speakers at the 1 p.m. rally:

  • Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver
  • Chris Stefanick, Real Life Catholic
  • Lynn Grandon, Respect Life, Archdiocese of Denver
  • Pastor Biff Gore, President of Colorado Right To Life

Musical guests: Danielle Duffy and Sara Guttormson

 

Please use the graphics in this message generously. Spread the word!  The pictures can be used to promote the Denver March for Life on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. (just right click on the images and save to your desktop).


 

And see the very special invitation
at ccdenver.org/march-for-life!

 

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