Brandy Mitchell: Amendment 62 would ban all abortions
October 28, 2010
To the Editor:
Do you know how Amendment 62 would impact your health care and the health care of women in your life? You may want to look carefully at this ballot initiative before you head to the polls.
Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood” amendment, is an attempt to redefine the term “person” in the Colorado Constitution, giving fertilized eggs full legal and constitutional rights. This means a fertilized egg would be equal to a living, breathing person.
It’s no secret that the individuals responsible for this initiative are attempting to eliminate all abortions by inviting politicians, lawyers and the courts to come between a woman, her doctor, and her family. Regardless of whether you feel a woman has the right to choose an abortion, there are some very important details you should consider before you vote.
Amendment 62 would ban abortion in all cases, even for victims of rape or incest or if the health or life of the woman was threatened because of a pregnancy-related complication like an ectopic pregnancy.
This amendment has the potential to eliminate the right of women to obtain basic reproductive health care by restricting safe, effective forms of birth control and emergency contraception. Taking away family planning options would lead to more unintended pregnancies and more abortions. No one wants that.
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Extending legal rights to fertilized eggs means if Amendment 62 passes, assisted reproductive technologies and in-vitro fertilization would be banned, which is how many LGBT families and infertile couples have children. Do you know families who have been blessed with children because they underwent infertility treatments? This amendment would diminish that option.
What about the potential for medical breakthroughs using stem cell research? Well, you can forget about that, too.
In 2008, voters defeated a nearly identical ballot initiative, Amendment 48, with a 3 to 1 margin. On Nov. 2, voters should just say no to the dangerous, far-reaching Amendment 62.