67 Groups Oppose Amendment 67

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Cara DeGette
Communications Director

October 1, 2014

Media Advisory/For Immediate Release


67 Groups Oppose Amendment 67

El Paso County Libertarian Party and Colorado Bar Association Among The Groups Aligned To Defeat Constitutional Proposal

The El Paso County Libertarian Party is the 67th group to align with the Vote NO 67 Campaign to defeat Amendment 67. On the November ballot in Colorado, Amendment 67 is this year’s so-called “personhood” proposal designed to ban all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest, and when the mother’s health is at risk, as well as restrict access to common forms of birth control. It would go so far as to impact access to in-vitro fertilization treatments for women who want to have children.

The leadership of the El Paso County Libertarian Party, headquartered in Colorado Springs, unanimously voted to oppose Amendment 67: “The Libertarian Party of El Paso County opposes this unnecessary change to the state Constitution and the intrusion into private lives.”

“We are delighted to have the support of so many organizations representing a broad spectrum of Coloradans,” said Fofi Mendez, the Vote NO 67 campaign manager. “67 groups so far have signed up, and that list is growing daily as Coloradans realize just how dangerous Amendment 67 would be if it passed.”

The Vote NO 67 Campaign includes doctors, nurses, medical researchers, faith leaders, civil libertarians, attorneys, Latina, African-American and Asian-American groups, and dozens of community organizations.

The Colorado Bar Association issued the following statement detailing its rationale for opposing Amendment 67:

“The [Colorado Bar Association] is concerned that Amendment 67 has potentially serious, unintended and unknown consequences for Colorado lawyers. The narrowing of this Amendment from versions that were proposed in 2008 and 2010 — and opposed by the CBA both times — does not lessen those concerns regarding its broad and uncertain effects. From areas of Family Law to Probate Law to Real Estate Law, as well as the explicit effect on Criminal Law and Wrongful Death statutes, this Amendment could create uncertainty and endless litigation. These consequences provide the CBA with a clear and convincing reason to oppose this Amendment.”

A complete list of groups endorsing the Vote NO 67 Campaign is at www.VoteNO67.com.