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Pro-life group pressured Bradford

By Charles Ashby

It was a hardcore pro-life group that primarily was behind the pressure that got Rep. Laura Bradford to withdraw her own measure to add criminal penalties to the state's criminal code against anyone who kills a pregnant woman.

The Denver-based Christian Family Alliance of Colorado hated the measure because of fears it would remove any state law against criminal abortions "thereby ratifying abortion-on-demand" in the state, the group's executive director, Joe Neville, said Thursday.

Thing is, there are no such laws in Colorado.

Earlier today, Bradford, R-Collbran, and Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, asked the GOP controlled House Judiciary Committee to kill their bill to add felonies to anyone who kills or injures a woman because she is pregnant.

The Alliance, however, called the measure "deceptive," saying it was designed to subvert Colorado's voter-passed pro-life laws.

“It saddens CFAC to know that even House GOP leadership seemed prepared to nullify all of Colorado’s voter-passed pro-life laws and therefore ratify abortion-on-demand in the Centennial State,” Neville said in a statement. “We’d expect that from a Planned Parenthood lobbyist like Senate sponsor Pat Steadman, but not from those who claim to value the lives of unborn children.”

The only abortion laws Colorado has center on what is a legal abortion, where they can be performed and who can perform them. That is to say, certified clinics by licensed doctors. Beyond that, the state does require girls under the age of 18 to get their parents permission to have an abortion.

Waller and Bradford, said the bill never had anything to do with any of that. They said it was always about protecting women who become targets simply because they are pregnant, such as a father who doesn't want to be a father.

"I have said all along, this is a criminal justice issue, and I still believe it is," Bradford said. "This bill was never intended to move the abortion debate in one direction or the other. I only want to criminalize horrible acts committed against women and their unborn children."


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