In the past, Coloradans have rejected personhood amendments. This latest measure would be more restrictive than its predecessors due to its undefined language. And the wording could very likely expose the state to a cascade of expensive legal challenges that the taxpayers can ill afford.
Sept. 17, 2014
Press Release / For Immediate Release
82 Colorado Faith Leaders Unite to Oppose Amendment 67
Saying “it goes too far and is too extreme,” 82 Colorado faith leaders today joined together in united opposition to Amendment 67, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest and when the health of the mother is at risk. Among many of its far-reaching consequences, Amendment 67 would also restrict access to certain forms of birth control, and restrict access to in-vitro fertilization for women who want to have a family.
“This amendment would impose one religious viewpoint in our state constitution, when there are many religious perspectives on this issue, said Rev. Jann Halloran, president of the board of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which provides faith-based care and services to women. “We support the rights of conscience, and a woman’s capacity to make a personal decision with consultation from her doctor, her family, her clergy and her God.”
Signatories include representatives from Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist organizations and denominations, including Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe, President and CEO of The Iliff School of Theology; Rabbi Joseph R. Blackof Temple Emanuel in Denver; Rev. Amanda Henderson, executive director of the Colorado Interfaith Alliance; Rev. Sue Artt of theRocky Mountain Conference-United Church of Christ; and Rev. Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
“There are several things that are upsetting about Amendment 67,” said RabbiBlack, who heads the largest Jewish congregation in the state. “The manipulative use of language confuses voters to make them think they are voting on behalf of women’s rights, when in fact it’s exactly the opposite. While my tradition upholds the sanctity of life, the life and health of the mother is always more important than that of a fetus. To claim that a fertilized egg is anything other than a potential life is to go against Jewish values. It is a dangerous precedent.”
“This amendment goes too far in criminalizing women and doctors, and intruding on private decisions regarding family planning, birth control and fertility treatments,” said Rev. Amanda Henderson, executive director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. “The Interfaith Alliance stands for freedom for all people to make decisions regarding their own faith and values, and we speak out when this freedom is threatened.”
A copy of the full statement follows. Link here to the list of 82 faith leaders who have signed on.
The Vote NO 67 coalition is broad-based, nonpartisan coalition of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, faith and civil rights leaders, attorneys, Latina, African-American and Asian-American organizations, and dozens of community groups.
More information, including a list of organizations that have also endorsed the Vote NO 67 campaign, can be found at www.VoteNO67.com.
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Statement To Oppose Amendment 67 By Colorado Faith Leaders
As faith leaders, we stand in opposition to Amendment 67. By establishing fertilized eggs as persons, this amendment will in effect outlaw and criminalize abortion under any circumstance, including rape, incest and the life and health risks of the mother. Amendment 67 would effectively put into the Colorado Constitution one religious position, negating other faithful perspectives on this issue. It would, therefore, take away the religious freedom of many people of faith who respect the private rights of women and families to make personal choices based upon their own conscience.
We believe religious freedom is one of the foundations of our democracy, and one religious belief or doctrine should not be written into the state Constitution. There are many religious perspectives on this issue, and many Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and other people of faith agree strongly that a woman can make a faithful decision for an abortion under many circumstances, a decision that is loving, fair, and ethical based upon her own personal medical history, beliefs and needs.
These issues of reproductive justice are played out in public, but we know as clergy that individual women and their families are the ones who suffer in private. We have walked with women who have been abused and violated, and we have struggled with women and families who must make heartrending decisions about their own lives and the future of their families.
We respect open and public dialogue on these issues which affect public policy and the common good, and which include religious perspectives. We do not agree among ourselves as to where each line needs to be drawn, but Amendment 67 goes too far and is too extreme, leaving no ground for the protection of women nor their personal ethical agency to make decisions based upon advice from their doctors, support from their clergy, and their relationship with God.
Please stand with us and vote NO on Amendment 67.
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Catholics for Choice
Sept. 11, 2014-- Media Advisory/For Immediate Release
Catholics for Choice and COLOR
Energize Prochoice Colorado Catholic Latinas to Speak Out
“Being Latina, Catholic and pro-choice is not uncommon. Amendment 67 impacts our community in a very real way,” said COLOR Executive Director Cristina Aguilar. “Decisions about our body, health and family are not for politicians to determine and not to be hidden away never to be talked about. Our goal is to open that dialogue from a faith perspective with our neighbors, tias, sisters and daughters. Together with Catholics for Choice, we are working to raise the voices of the majority in our communities who say NO on 67.”
Amendment 67, a measure on the upcoming statewide ballot would ban all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest and when a mother’s heath is at risk, as well as restrict access to common forms of birth control.
“Catholics for Choice is proud to stand with COLOR and the Vote No 67 campaign, just as we stand with the majority of Catholics, in Colorado and throughout the United States, who believe that each of us has the right and responsibility to follow our own conscience when it comes to reproductive healthcare decisions,” said Meghan Smith, Program Associate at Catholics for Choice. “Amendment 67 is an attempt to shame, judge, and punish women who need reproductive healthcare, and to interfere with women’s conscience-based decisions and personal beliefs.”
This week, COLOR and Catholics for Choice are holding educational and outreach events in the community to raise the voices of Catholic Latinas in the state whose health and lives will be put at risk by the dangerous and disrespectful proposals in Amendment 67.
To arrange media interviews, please contact Ryann Nickerson of COLOR and Claire Gould of Catholics for Choice.
Catholics for Choice shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well-being and respect and affirm the capacity of women and men to make moral decisions about their lives.
COLOR is a Colorado-based organization designed to empower young Latinas and their families, and provide a voice on reproductive rights and health perspective from within the Latino community.
For more information: www.VoteNO67.com
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Sept. 6, 2014
Press Release / For Immediate Release
Vote NO 67 Campaign Response to Blue Book
The Vote NO 67 Campaign is pleased with the final draft of the Blue Book analysis of Amendment 67. Colorado’s bipartisan Legislative Council approved the wording for the Blue Book without comments or amendments this week.
“Voters who refer to the Blue Book as a ballot guide will learn about the far-reaching consequences of Amendment 67, and the myriad of ways that it would criminalize pregnant women and their doctors in Colorado,” said Fofi Mendez, campaign manager for Vote NO 67, which is working to defeat Amendment 67.
“It’s critical that voters understand that Amendment 67 would allow government intrusion into the personal health care decisions of individuals and families. It would make all abortions a crime, including those for victims of rape or incest and when a mother’s health is at risk. It would restrict access to common forms of birth control, and prevent treatment for miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, cancer, and infertility.”
“The campaign believes that the process has been fair, and appreciates the hard work of the Legislative Council staff putting together the Blue Book, and the thoughtful deliberation of Legislative Council,” said Mendez.
As per the Colorado Legislative Council: “The purpose of the ballot information booklet is to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law, or question on the ballot. The analysis must include a summary of the measure, the major arguments both for and against the measure, and a brief fiscal assessment of the measure.”
The Blue Books will be mailed to all Colorado voters on Oct. 3.
The Vote NO 67 coalition is broad-based, nonpartisan coalition of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, faith and civil rights leaders, Latina, African-American and Asian-American organizations, and dozens of community groups.
For more information, check out www.VoteNo67.com
A broad-based coalition opposing Amendment 67 kicked off its statewide campaign this week, hopng that Colorado voters will once again defeat the controversial ballot measure.
Opponents of the amendment view it as another attempt to ban all abortions in Colorado, including in cases of rape and incest and when the health of a woman is at risk.