Colorado voters will decide this fall to make abortions illegal after 22 weeks of gestation.
The office of the Colorado secretary of state announced on Monday that the group Due Date Too Late had collected enough signatures to put Initiative 120 in the November ballot. the the group initially failed but a judge said he could wait for stay-at-home orders to be lifted to ‘cure’ or make up the shortfall.
Colorado is one of the few states that does not currently have a law restricting abortion later in pregnancy, so it has become a destination for women seeking one for medical or other reasons.
Voters in the state have rejected so-called personality ballot measures three times before â most recently by a 2-1 margin in 2016 â so this initiative takes a different approach. The measure would make it a crime for medical providers to perform abortions after 22 weeks for any reason except to save the life of the mother. The mother would not expose herself to criminal sanctions.
Due Date Too Late’s signature collection efforts were complicated when the coronavirus began spreading in Colorado in March. When the band ran out of signatures, they sued for more time to collect more. The judge ruled the 15-day clock would not begin until after the state’s stay-at-home order was lifted, and more than 38,000 valid signatures were then collected, the secretary’s office determined. ‘State.
âThe numbers handed over are a testament to the overwhelming support for Initiative 120 and we are prepared and excited for the next stage of the campaign,â Due Date Too Late campaign spokesperson Lauren Castillo said Monday.
But Cobalt, the statewide reproductive rights organization, predicted the measure will fail.
“Initiative 120 means government intrusion into decisions for the family with a much-desired pregnancy in the face of an unimaginable and heartbreaking decision in the face of a fatal fetal diagnosis,” President Karen Middleton said in a statement. “It means government intruding on the parent who is forced to choose between carrying a pregnancy to term or starting cancer treatment that will save their life. It means government intrusion into decisions made by a pregnant person who faced significant barriers to accessing abortion care while under COVID-19 lockdown.
The latest abortion vote in Colorado comes as several different approaches to stopping legal abortions in other states are to be tried in court.