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August 19, 2022 10:30 AM UTC

Holy Hell! Joe O'Dea Makes Unreal Error on Abortion Issue

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  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE #2: Joe O’Dea kept digging in an interview today with KOA radio host Mandy Connell:

MANDY CONNELL: I love that attitude. And I think it’s the right attitude. I have two follow up questions on abortion, because I want this issue, like buttoned up to be perfectly honest, I want to know everything. How do you define late term abortion?

JOE O’DEA: Well, uh, late term to me, you know, 7, 8, 9 that’s way too late, 6 is marginal I, I was recently asked a question by Jesse Paul last night on how I voted back in 2020. On banning late term. And I told him I was in favor of that that, was 22 weeks, I believe 20 weeks is right where we need to be…

Again, even more restrictions on abortion than Proposition 115, which voters rejected at the polls less than two years ago.

Noted. Crystal clear.

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UPDATE: It gets worse. Somehow, it gets worse!

Following the below mention in The Colorado Sun’s newsletter called the “Unaffiliated,” Jesse Paul published a full story on O’Dea’s rambling abortion position.

AND THEN…O’Dea’s campaign asked for a clarification to change O’Dea’s position from “21 weeks” to “20 weeks.”

Remember: O’Dea first said that he voted for Prop. 115, which would have limited abortions at 22 weeks of pregnancy. His campaign today said that his real position was that abortion should be barred until the 21st week of pregnancy. Within the hour, O’Dea’s campaign responded back to the Sun to clarify that O’Dea actually believes abortion should be prohibited at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Here’s the original lede from The Colorado Sun:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea believes abortions should be legal up until the 21st week of pregnancy [Pols emphasis], after which the procedure should be allowed only in cases of rape and incest or when a mother’s life is at risk, his campaign told The Colorado Sun on Friday.

Here’s what that lede was changed to say:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea believes abortions should be legal through 20 weeks of pregnancy [Pols emphasis], after which the procedure should be allowed only in cases of rape and incest or when a mother’s life is at risk, his campaign told The Colorado Sun on Friday.

Here’s the “correction,” or “regression,” or whatever you want to call it:

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 12:25 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, to correct a sources error. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea believes abortions should be legal up until the 20th week of pregnancy, after which the procedure should be allowed only in cases of rape and incest or when a mother’s life is at risk

And, finally, here’s what we believe to be a live look from inside O’Dea campaign headquarters:

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What, no good?

Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea has been dancing around on the issue of abortion rights for months as he tries to convince Colorado voters that he is a self-described political “unicorn” who wouldn’t be totally in favor of ending abortion rights in the United States, even though 1) O’Dea has said “Personally, I’m very pro-life”, and 2) O’Dea says that he would have supported all of the recent Supreme Court nominees put forward by former President Donald Trump that paved the road to ending Roe v. Wade..

Colorado Republicans are well aware that the issue of abortion rights is incredibly dangerous for their 2022 candidates. Judging from the social media traffic of O’Dea staffers, they are close to panicking about the fact that their candidate’s position is so at-odds with the rest of Colorado, but they’ve been hoping to spin his various responses enough so that this single issue won’t sink O’Dea in November.

And then on Thursday, O’Dea made a MASSIVE mistake that ended any efforts to establish some sort of ambiguity regarding his position on abortion. As The Colorado Sun reports today for it’s “Unaffiliated” newsletter:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, who has refused to say at what point in a pregnancy he thinks abortions should be banned, told The Colorado Sun on Thursday that he voted for an unsuccessful 2020 ballot measure that would have outlawed the procedure after 22 weeks of gestation, or 5.5 months.

“I voted for that,” O’Dea said in a brief interview after an event in Greenwood Village with U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican. [Pols emphasis]

O’Dea has said he supports a person’s ability to access abortion early on in a pregnancy but that he thinks late-term abortions should be banned with exceptions for victims of rape or incest or when a mother’s life is at risk. He has refused, however, to define what he thinks constitutes an early term or late-term abortion, only that he thinks the procedure shouldn’t be carred out in the last three months of pregnancy.

Gah!

Double Gah!

O’Dea just ADMITTED that he voted in favor of Proposition 115 in 2020, a ballot measure that sought to prohibit abortions in Colorado after a fetus reaches 22-weeks gestational age (as calculated from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period). Why would you say this out loud?

Proposition 115 failed in Colorado by a 18 points (59-41). O’Dea basically just acknowledged that his position on abortion is at odds with 60 PERCENT OF COLORADO VOTERS.

And with that, all the other discussions about how or when or where O’Dea might support abortion rights just went completely out the window.

In fact, you can probably mark it down now: August 18, 2022 was the day in which Joe O’Dea lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado.

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11 thoughts on “Holy Hell! Joe O’Dea Makes Unreal Error on Abortion Issue

  1. Hey Joe!  (might be a song title in there)

    How about if we just continue the abortion status quo here in Colorado. I think there is one restriction, that a parent must be involved if a minor is to have an abortion.

    Otherwise, how about just let the system keep working as is? Trust women to make the decisions that are best for them and their families, while working with their doctors. Keep big religion and big government out of our bedrooms.

    1. There you go being all conservative again, Conserv. Head Banger. 

      Keep doing that and you may be forced to give up the "Head Banger" portion of your name and let the Trumpists take that on.  They seem to be working on banging their heads on various walls, like spending $250,000 for a recount that wasn't going to change enough votes OR find any fraud in the election procedures. And trying once again to get Life at Conception theology passed as legislation or an amendment. And trying to recall Gov. Polis.

    2. Even our law provides for a judicial bypass. If the girl is mature enough to go through that process, she's demonstrated the ability to make an informed choice.

    1. No doubt true on that last part, but also no doubt true that the sound-bite will have well-financed legs from our side.

      That said, O'Dea's calculation perfectly aligns with the GOP base turnout strategy. His only chance is a huge red turn-out. If he gets that, and Dems don't turn out (historically true in mid-terms), Bennet could go the way of Udall.

      BIG gamble, but a better gamble than moving to the center and risking the GOP base. Bottom line: Dems better GOTV like there's no tomorrow, or there won't be.

  2. JOE O’DEA: Well, uh, late term to me, you know, 7, 8, 9 that’s way too late, 6 is marginal I, I was recently asked a question by Jesse Paul last night on how I voted back in 2020. On banning late term. And I told him I was in favor of that that, was 22 weeks, I believe 20 weeks is right where we need to be…

    Research says "1.3 percent of abortions took place at or over 21 weeks out of a total of 926,200 abortions in 2014."  That is about 12,000 — I have a really HARD time imagining Joe O'Dea being able to describe the difference in development between 20, 21, and 22 weeks.  Or why "6 is marginal" but 7, 8, or 9 are "way too late."  [Or presumably, what makes 5 months not objectionable.] 

    Sadly, there is no bright line of the number of weeks that makes medical sense. Developing humans do not come with a "made on" date stamp..

    Washington Post quoted

    Jen Villavicencio, an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Midwest, explained that, in the vast majority of cases in which a woman becomes seriously ill late in pregnancy, doctors are working to save both the woman and the fetus. But in rare situations, it’s clear the fetus will not survive, and then the patients and their loved ones must make a decision about whether to put a sick woman at further risk with a delivery.

    “This is incredibly complex. This is not something that can be litigated on Twitter,” she said, adding that “one of the things I’m concerned in all the rhetoric is that we’re missing compassion and empathy for that patient and what she’s going through.”

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