No word yet from Coffman and Gardner, say personhood supporters

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Obviously, the key news from today’s personhood press conference was that personhood supporters turned in 112,121 signatures to Colorado’s Secretary of State, hoping to get their measure on the November ballot.

But the political ramifications of the personhood amendment should continue to be a key part of the coverage. The amendment, which would ban all abortions and some common forms of birth control, is clearly of interest to women, in particular, and women are a key voters in Colorado elections.

Personhood supporters have yet to hear from Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner about whether they will endorse their amendment this year, as they did in 2010, Personhood USA legal analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones told reporters today.

[An early headline on this post had the name “Tipton” instead of “Gardner”]

Garcia Jones said they’d welcome their support again, as they would any candidate, Democrat or Republican.

“To me, they’d be shooting themseves in the foot, if they backtracked,” said Colorado Right to Life Vice President Leslie Hanks. “It would be their loss.”

Coffman was listed as a personhood supporter in 2010. Coffman also supported Personhood in 2008, and, on one occasion, Coffman wrote Dan Caplis, of KHOW’s defunct Caplis and Silverman Show, a letter, specifically clarifying that Coffman, like all personhood supporters, does not support abortion, even in the case of rape and incest.

Likewise, Cory Gardner is praised on the Colorado Right to Life website for his support of personhood in 2010, and earlier this year, Kristi Brown, who initiated the personhood movement in Colorado, said that Rep. Cory Gardner was “one of our main supporters” in 2008.

“Kids are taught that life is cheap,” Hanks told me, referring to legalized abortion. “So we shouldn’t be shocked when we have massacres happening.”

She said collecting signatures is intended to counter this and is a “labor of love.”

“Coloradans trust and respect women,” said Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Director Vicki Cowart in a news release.   “‘Personhood’ measures do not respect women and their families. Today, Planned Parenthood gears up for a third campaign.  We’re hopeful that the third verse will be the same as the first and second.”


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    • MADCO says:

      Archdiocese of Denver’s stance on Personhood Amendment

      [download letter as PDF]

      April 2, 2012

      My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

      You may be aware of a petition drive to collect signatures to place a “personhood” amendment to the Colorado constitution on the November 2012 ballot. Similar initiatives were on the ballot in 2008 and 2010.

      This letter is intended to explain why the Catholic Bishops of Colorado – individually and as members of the Colorado Catholic Conference – are not participating in gathering signatures for this ballot initiative.

      We want this to be perfectly clear: We bishops affirm that “from the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life” CCC 2270.

      While we share the ultimate objective of this effort i.e., to legally recognize the rights of the unborn, we do not, however, think that this strategy will provide a realistic opportunity for reversing Roe v. Wade. Instead, we believe that our limited resources can be more effectively used in pursuing a fetal homicide law, an ultrasound and informed consent law, and other constructive legal measures.

      Nevertheless, some individual Catholics may find this to be an opportunity for meaningful discussion and education. The decision to sign the petition is left to an individual’s prudential judgment. We are not opposed to the collection of signatures in our parishes, granted you have the permission of your pastor.

      So they like it in concept, but not as a solution.

      FYI- the Catholic church also opposes the death penalty and is consistently prolife, in their way.

  1. allyncooper says:

    “Kids are taught that life is cheap,” Hanks told me, referring to legalized abortion. “So we shouldn’t be shocked when we have massacres happening.”

    What a stretch. What we all need to be taught is a greater awareness of mental disorders and mental illness and the need for treatment to mitigate harm to the afflicted or others.  

    • thiokuutoo says:

      Or is everybody hates religion? Maybe he said he was not sure he was gay and hates himself? Cory should give the TV preacher a call on this one. Taking a stance is harder for those who have to take care of Republicans.

  2. nancycronknancycronk says:

    were quite sparce at the Obama event in Denver. I think there may have been only two. Are they starting to see that Coloradans want women to make their own choices?

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