Cory Gardner Again Votes for Partial Abortion Ban

(“No threat to abortion rights” – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner voted today for two anti-choice bills, one to partially ban the procedure, the other requiring doctors to save the life of a baby born alive after an abortion. Both bills failed to pass in the U.S. Senate.

The partial ban, called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” prohibits abortion after 20 weeks and carries an exception for rape victims.

But such rape survivors would be required to get counseling prior to having an abortion. Only 1.2% of abortions occur after 20 weeks, and the ability of a fetus to feel pain has not been proven scientifically.

Gardner voted for a similar bill last year.

The second bill is called the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act” and would address a rare situation when a baby would be expected to die anyway.

“Senator Gardner can try to trick Coloradans into thinking he isn’t a threat to our reproductive freedom, but his record tells the truth: Gardner supports uncompromising measures that would put politicians in charge of personal health care decisions and potentially criminalize doctors,” said Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll in a statement. “These votes are just the latest in a string of Gardner’s attacks on our reproductive freedom, which include confirming anti-choice judges who threaten to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

Proponents of the bills, which would levy penalties, including jail time, on doctors, say the U.S. must use the force of law to stop abortion.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said the partial abortion ban would “bring our nation’s regard for the unborn off this sad and radical fringe and bring it more in line with the global mainstream.”

Gardner’s office did not return a call for comment, but the Republican has long voted to restrict abortion rights and to defund Planned Parenthood.


3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    I'm trying my hand at Colbertisms here with that picture of Coreless.


    "U.S. Senator and, he who smelt it dealt it, Cory Gardner.

  2. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    No weasel words, please.

     the ability of a fetus to feel pain has not been proven scientifically.

    While abortion opponents are making this assertion, based on their ideology, which certainly lacks evidence, people with actual subject matter expertise state:

    A human fetus does not have the capacity to experience pain until after viability. Rigorous scientific studies have found
    that the connections necessary to transmit signals from peripheral sensory nerves to the brain, as well as the brain
    structures necessary to process those signals, do not develop until at least 24 weeks of gestation.i Because it lacks these
    connections and structures, the fetus does not even have the physiological capacity to perceive pain until at least 24
    weeks of gestation.

    In fact, the perception of pain requires more than just the mechanical transmission and reception of signals the ability of a fetus to feel pain has not been proven scientifically. Pain is “an emotional and psychological experience that requires conscious recognition of a noxious stimulus.” This capacity does not develop until the third trimester at the earliest, well past the period between 20 weeks and viability. The evidence shows that the neural circuitry necessary to distinguish touch from painful touch does not, in fact, develop until late in the third trimester.



  3. Genghis says:

    I enjoy seeing the Denver Post get clowned as much as the next person, but  Coreless has gotta go. I'll be caucusing for Romanoff … and fully supporting Hickenlooper come general election time.

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