The Colorado 2013 Abortion Fight in Four Rounds

Round 1: Rep. Janak Joshi re-introduced CRTL’s single-sentence principled though abortion-neutral bill from last year and HB 13-1032 was killed in committee on a party-line 7-to-4 vote:

“If the commission of any crime codified in this Title [18] or Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statutes is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species Homo sapiens, the respective homicide and assault charges for that death or injury may be brought contemporaneously with the underlying charges.”

Round 2: Immediately after pro-abortion legislators voted down the Joshi bill, Colorado RTL joined with our allies Personhood Colorado and Heather Survoik in announcing the filing of the citizens initiative for the 2014 Brady Amendment to protect all unborn children.

Round 3: Under pressure from the Personhood movement and perhaps for the first time in history, Planned Parenthood is actually supporting a fetal homicide bill, HB 13-1154, something they testified in 2012 that they would never do. More accurately this bill is termed a “fatal homicide bill.” This Democrat bill begins by defining “Unlawful termination of pregnancy,” making it clear that a primary goal is to further entrench in legislation the dismembering of unborn children, explicitly permitting intentional child killing. The bill also says that “nothing in this act shall be construed to confer personhood, or any rights associated with that status, on a human being at any time prior to live birth.” Please note that even in their wickedness, they admit that the unborn child is a “human being.”

Round 4: Rep. Stephen Humphrey has introduced HB 13-1033, an attempt at an abortion ban. CRTL has met with Rep. Humphrey and has asked for two amendments to his bill, one to remove a loophole for abortifacient birth control, and the other to remove an unnecessary affirmation of existing abortion law. CRTL wants to thank Rep. Humphrey for his heroic effort to ban child killing, including for the bill’s excellent wording regarding the life of the mother and we intend to testify at Thursday’s hearing on the bill, Jan. 31st a 2:30 p.m. (you’re invited). Rep. Humphrey has indicated that he is preparing amendments although CRTL has not yet seen them. Of course we will support the bill only if amended so that it does not affirm the killing of even a single child. However, the pro-abortion Democrats who control the committee will likely oppose such amendments, in which case testifying will be only a matter of education, and our full attention will then turn to the 2014 Brady Amendment!

See also, CRTL’s explanation of the principles and pro-life politics involved at

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