Target: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Don’t let fetuses be defined as people from the moment of conception.
Fetuses in Colorado could soon be defined as “people” and given special legal protections if legislation introduced by state Republican lawmakers becomes law. This would severely curtail the reproductive rights of Coloradans with uteruses. Demand that this regressive legislation be tossed and never becomes law.
Republicans are capitalizing on a horrific attack against a Colorado woman that left her seven-month-old fetus dead to advance their anti-choice legislative agenda. Despite the fact that the state already has a law on the books that protects fetuses from harm and death—one that was drafted with the help of Planned Parenthood so that it could never be construed to infringe on a person’s right to have an abortion—Republicans are trying to pass a new law to replace it that lacks any such deliberate abortion protections.
The proposed law would give the state the right to charge anyone who commits a crime that results in the loss of a pregnancy with murder. It also specifies that “the term ‘person’ includes an unborn child at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth.” This wording has many pro-choice organizations rightfully worried that it will used as legal precedent to to restrict abortions in the future.
The codification of the idea that personhood starts at the moment of conception into law is the first step in making abortions much harder to access. Sign the petition below to demand that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper veto this proposal when it arrives on his desk so that it can never become law.
Dear Governor Hickenlooper,
I am writing you today regarding Senate Bill 268, the piece of legislation Senate Republicans introduced in the wake of the terrible attack on Michelle Wilkins to ostensibly protect such horror from happening again. Make no mistake, though—this is nothing but a shameless political move by conservatives to take advantage of this woman’s suffering to advance their own anti-women agenda, and should be dismissed without a second thought.
What makes this maneuvering abundantly clear is that your state already has laws that protect fetuses while also reserving the right for people to have abortions. As such, SB 268 is entirely redundant and unnecessary. Republicans are just trying to pass it so that a legal doctrine of “personhood beginning at conception” is established in your state. If this proposal becomes law, they will use the precedent of personhood it created to disrupt reproductive rights and dramatically curtail access to abortions in the future.
Republicans should be ashamed that they are using what happened to Wilkins for emotional and political leverage. You should not fall into their trap. I demand that you veto SB 268 as soon as it arrives on your desk so that it can never become law.
[Your Name Here]
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