Marking 50 Years of Legalized Abortion in Colorado
The following statement was issued by the Colorado Catholic Conference, the legislative arm of Colorado’s four Catholic bishops, on April 25:
Amid celebrating the joy of Christ’s resurrection, we pause to remember the dark shadow cast over Colorado 50 years ago. April 25, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to legalize abortion.
As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Colorado, we express immense sympathy for the victims of this horrific assault on human dignity. Most Coloradans are shocked and surprised to learn that, in our state, abortion is legal throughout an entire pregnancy. Despite the relentless propaganda in favor of abortion that permeates our society today, we owe an incredible debt of gratitude to those throughout Colorado who serve the pro-life cause in immeasurable ways.
We are encouraged and uplifted by the great number of young people that have taken up the cause of protecting and defending life with passion and enthusiasm. We honor the incredible work of the pregnancy centers and agencies that provide vital counseling, pre-and post-natal care, housing and material support to those women in need of such care. Accompanied by our denunciation of abortion is our unwavering commitment to providing alternative solutions and compassionate care, without condemnation, for all those women and men wounded by the violence and heart-break of abortion.
We encourage all people of good will to do even more for life in our state. Stand with those who choose life, reach out to those women who are pregnant and in need of help. Pray for an end to this horrific practice that destroys the most vulnerable and weakest among us.
During this Easter season, we are called to be men and women of the Resurrection — messengers of hope and life to a world often filled with affliction and suffering. May God give us strength to continue our efforts in Colorado to promote a culture that recognizes the dignity and beauty of every human life from conception to natural death.