They’re at it again. They just can’t stay out of women’s wombs and couples’ bedrooms. They say they are protecting the unborn or preborn or whatever language they can dream up to cast one-cell, two-cells, few-cells as “persons”. There was a resounding “NO” in 2008. But they will keep it up until they get some state, any state, to pass it. They hope for a legal challenge so that they can take it all the way to the Roberts U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning Roe v Wade. As a Coloradan, I don’t appreciate being used and abused to advance someone’s or some group’s religious dogma.
Our young women don’t remember a time when a woman didn’t have the right to make her own reproductive choices. They don’t remember that it took two Supreme Court rulings to make it legal for women to use birth control. And they assume that Roe v Wade is the law of the land – and will remain that way.
But there’s even more to this than a religious belief. Those of us of a certain age remember the days when society supported the notion that the proper role for women was “to keep them barefoot and pregnant.” Most men and many women subscribed to the notion that a woman’s place was in the “house” not the “House.” And there are those who still believe this and who are determined to turn back time to achieve it.
Amendment 62 is a measure that if passed, would change the state constitution and insert the government into the personal, private health care decisions that women and their families make every single day. The amendment seeks to extend legal and constitutional rights to fertilized eggs. It would ban all abortion, including in cases of rape, incest and when the woman’s life is at risk. It could also ban emergency contraception and commonly used birth control.
So keep saying NO to these people. Say it loud and say it often. And make sure no judge ever sits on a bench that could rob women and families of their rights to self-determination. Talk to your friends, your neighbors, members of your extended family. Make sure that when November’s votes are counted that the rejection of the amendment is larger than the last time. Keep saying NO for as long as it takes. Only you can protect your reproductive rights.