Governor Owens' letter regarding veto of HB 1212, Emergency Contraception bill

April 13, 2006

The Honorable Colorado House of Representatives
Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Second Regular Session
State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am filing with the Secretary of State House Bill 06-1212, "Concerning Authority of a Pharmacist Regarding Emergency Contraception." I vetoed this bill as of 1:44 p.m. today and this letter sets forth my reasons for doing so.

Colorado Abortion Statistics

Colorado Abortion Statistics

The statistics below are the latest available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Department reports that "A study by the Health Statistics Section in 1985 revealed that a possible 30 percent of terminations in the state were not reported. Given the likelihood of under reporting...the ratio of terminations per 1,000 live births would probably be higher with more complete reporting."

In 1999, the following was said about under reporting:


Policy on Cloning 

WHEREAS, society's acceptance of legalized abortion has caused deterioration of the respect for human life and the devaluing of human beings; and

WHEREAS, Colorado Right to Life is committed to promote, foster, encourage, uphold and support reverence and respect for human life without regard to condition, quality, age, race, religion, creed or color, whether born or unborn; and

History of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Studies



(For a 2010 update, see

Biological Technology

Policy on Biological Technology

The Declaration of Independence sets forth the basic principle upon which this Nation and the Right to Life Movement were established, which is that "all men (human beings) are created equal" with regard to their natural and unalienable right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and therefore they are entitled to equal protection under the law. Colorado Right to Life opposes the use of any technology in ways that are not consistent with this principle of equal protection.

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