Will Cory Gardner Attend Tomorrow’s Big Pro-Life Rally?

TUESDAY UPDATE: The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels:

“It’s no surprise that the biggest defenders of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who both made national headlines for their crass and demeaning comments on rape, are parachuting into Colorado to help Congressman Gardner, who wrote a bill to make abortion a felony in cases of rape,” said Udall’s campaign spokeswoman, Kristin Lynch.

“Coloradans won’t be swayed by radical groups like the Susan B. Anthony List. Voters know that Mark respects women and trusts them to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

Akin, of Missouri, and Mourdock, of Indiana, were GOP Senate candidates whose comments on rape helped doom their campaigns…

The group sponsoring the rally is Students for Life, which makes no mention of Gardner on its website. Gardner voted for the bill limiting late-term abortions.


Rep. Cory Gardner (R).

Rep. Cory Gardner (R).

​From the announcement for tomorrow's star-studded pro-life rally at the Colorado Capitol, put on by a coalition of anti-abortion groups including former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's Susan B. Anthony Fund:

Senate Bill 1670, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protect Act, speaks up for those who can't speak for themselves and protects the health of women when it comes to late-term abortion. And our Colorado Senators need to hear from you.

Thanks to scientific research and advancing technology we know the inhumane treatment of babies in the womb, who after 20 weeks (about five months gestation) can feel pain…

The Senate has the opportunity to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and protect the health of women. While all abortions pose physical and psychological risks for the woman, medical risks from abortion increase markedly as pregnancy progresses, including the risk of death.

Join us on Tuesday August 26th at the State Capitol in Downtown Denver to make our voices heard!

Speakers Include:
Kristan Hawkins, SFLA
Marilyn Musgrave, SBA-List
State Senator Vicki Marble, SD-23
Michael Norton, ADF
Debra Chaves, Colorado Family Action
Lynn Grandon, Archdiocese of Denver
Sarah Zagorski, Colorado Citizens for Life
Co-sponsoring groups include FRC Action, Susan B. Anthony, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, and Americans United for Life.

A name we noticed right away was missing from this list of speakers is GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner. Just a couple of weeks ago, Gardner reaffirmed on camera (above) that he would vote again for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as a U.S. Senator as he already has done in the House. Like we said then, this legislation doesn't go quite as far as the no-exceptions Life at Conception Act abortion ban that Gardner remains a sponsor of in the House, but it still represents a direct challenge to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision mandating reproductive choice rights in the United States. Between this bill and the "Personhood" abortion bans at the federal and state level that Gardner still supports and has recently flip-flopped on (respectively), it's very difficult to argue this is not an issue that Gardner and a lot of his fellow Republicans care about.

Keep this in mind next time someone tells you what Democrats call the "war on women" doesn't exist.

With all of this in mind, will Gardner make an appearance at this rally tomorrow celebrating legislation he supports? Either way, it's safe to say he'll be the 800 pound gorilla in–excuse us–on the Capitol steps.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    As long as no one talks about anti-choice legislation at the STATE level, he can show.  At the first mention of STATE legislation or ballot initiatives, he'll bolt like Rand Paul when coming face-to-face with a DREAMER.

  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    I hope that he attempts to speak, and gets booed. Colorado RTL is not happy with Cory Gardner.

    In 2010, the CRTL blog reported that "Cory Gardner (R) supports Personhood, pro-life with no exceptions."

    In 2012, CRTL wrote:

    Other candidates, including Reps. Gardner and Coffman, and including Joe Coors (candidate in the 7th district) are believed to be pro-life, but were not surveyed, and the extent of their continued commitment to Personhood is unclear.

    In 2014, CRTL wrote about Gardner's Senate candidacy:

    Cong. Cory Gardner (R) supported Personhood for a long time but recently rejected a pro-life position in order to become more palatable to moderate voters. Since entering Congress he has steadily “marched left,” turning his back on solidly conservative positions he held on many issues. He says he is “still pro-life” but rejects protections for all innocent human beings at all stages of development and won’t oppose abortifacient birth control.


  3. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Notice that this uses the same misleading language as Amendment 67 claiming to "protect the health" of women. when it does no such ting.  Like the premise of fetal pain at 20 weeks, this too is a lie.

  4. hawkeye says:

    I'd be surprised if he showed up.  Probable excuse … previous commitment. However, it would be wise to have a prepared statement read by proxy sometime during the event.

  5. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Gardner probably will not be able to make it.  Either will Udall.  Udall will be golfing with Obama again, while the world burns.  Photo just in from Obama's foursome last week:

  6. CaninesCanines says:

    Gardner will be attending in a disguise. So if partisans ask him why he wasn't there, he can respond, "Didn't you see me there?" And if detractors ask him if he attended, he can say, "Did you see me there?"

  7. FrankUnderwood says:

    Well, did he show or didn't he……..

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