On April 25 at 3 p.m., pro-life prayer warriors will gather to peacefully pray in reparation for Colorado’s part in spreading the culture of death for the last 55 years. We will meet on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, 3480 Centennial Blvd., and everyone is invited to join us.
While there is some debate about which state was the first to legalize abortion in the U.S., Colorado definitely has the dubious honor of being one of the most likely candidates.
Governor John Love signed the bill decriminalizing abortion in Colorado on April 25, 1967. The bill, introduced by then-freshman representative Dick Lamm in the Colorado House of Representatives, allowed for abortion up to 16 weeks gestation in cases of incest, rape, or where a woman’s physical or mental health was believed to be at stake. The ruling on eligibility for abortion was made by a three-doctor panel.
By today’s standards, this is a very restrictive law. However, by the standards of the day, it was quite liberal in its approach. Colorado has led the nation ever since with permissive abortion policy. The only real limitations to abortion in our state are a parental notification requirement (for women under 18) and a prohibition against public funding of abortion.
The last several weeks saw one of the most liberal abortion access bills in the country get pushed rapidly through the Colorado General Assembly. That bill, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), awaits the signature of Governor Jared Polis to become Colorado statute. If he signs it, as he has promised to do, any limitations may go by the wayside soon.
Many of the faithful have approached me in despair over the last week as we have watched this bill advance in spite of our best efforts. To them, and to all, I say, in the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
We must have the courage to continue informing and educating our fellow Coloradans. We must continue to pray for the conversion of hearts throughout our state. We must not give up.
Do you feel called to “do something”? Come out on April 25 and pray.
(Julie Bailey is Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.