COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It?s the second time Colorado voters will see an abortion-related measure on the statewide ballot.
Opponents of Amendment 62 held a rally Thursday afternoon to speak out against a measure they feel aims to overturn Roe v. Wade. Proponents of the measure went out to make sure their voices were heard too.
Amendment 62 seeks to amend Colorado?s constitution and ban abortion and emergency contraception. It?s a measure that both sides describe very differently.
?Amendment 62 gives the rights of a person to every human being, no matter their age, their race, their sex,? said Keith Mason, the President for Personhood U.S.A. ?So basically it says that all humans are persons.?
?What Amendment 62 is doing is giving constitutional and legal rights to a woman's fertilized egg, and by doing so, not only are you creating far reaching consequences for families in the state of Colorado, you are also impacting literally thousands of laws,? said Fofi Mendez, the Campaign Director for No On 62.
?It is inviting politicians, courts and lawyers into our personal private decisions, like when we use family planning,? said Mendez. ?If we're raped, if we choose to have an abortion that's the impact that this amendment has.?
Amendment 62 seeks to extend legal and constitutional protections to fertilized eggs.
?I think it's important to note with the term fertilized egg, that's the same thing as using the N word for an African American,? said Mason. ?Because it's a dehumanizing term and it's not based in science. The term would be a zygote, or an embryo, speaking of a unique individual.? Mason is hoping the passage of the amendment will lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
?It's a bad law,? said Mason, referring to Roe v. Wade. ?It was not based in reason. They ignored the concept of the pre-born child being a person.?
?I think that the majority of Americans believe that individuals should be able to choose whether they want to have an abortion, and that these are personal private decisions that the government should not be intruding in on,? said Mendez.
?I think that the majority of even the people that support 62 see a problem with 97 percent of abortions, 20,000 every year in the state of Colorado, happening for convenience, and abortion actually being used as birth control,? said Mason.
?I?m sort of speechless,? said Mendez, in response to Mason?s suggestion that abortion is used as birth control. ?I?m not really sure exactly what to say, other than I do believe that there are many reasons why a woman may choose an abortion. It may be because she?s been raped, or it may be because her life is endangered.?
?We have broad based support of doctors, nurses, faith leaders and health advocacy organizations throughout the state of Colorado that want folks to understand the far reaching consequences of Amendment 62, and what those far reaching consequences will do to our women, our families and the state,? said Mendez.
?This is really a human rights campaign,? said Mason. ?A pre-born child?s rights began where the mother?s rights end.?
Amendment 62 will appear on the November ballot.