In a recent e-mail, State Senator Greg Brophy writes:
Amendment 48 Yes – Ignore all the hype over this one, it is really a straightforward question. Should all abortions except those where the life of the mother is threatened be banned in Colorado? That is what A48 really does and it is purposefully written to challenge Roe v. Wade. It doesn’t ban contraception, it does ban RU 486, and it would raise a due process question in those rare pregnancies where the life of the mother is at stake. In those cases, the unborn baby would be represented in a court action as well as the mother.
At least Brophy is forthright about some of the implications regarding the measure. As Diana Hsieh and I write in “Amendment 48 Is Anti-Life,” the measure is indeed intended to overturn Roe v. Wade and outlaw abortion in Colorado — even in cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity, and health risks. Brophy also admits that the life of the egg/embryo/fetus would be weighed against the life of the mother. Legal action could prevent or delay an abortion from proceeding in cases of health risks — causing the deaths of some women. Doctors who performed an abortion over health concerns also could face “court action” — i.e., criminal prosecution — preventing treatment in some cases and causing the deaths of some women.
While Brophy doesn’t come right out and say it, he believes some women should die in order to legally protect fertilized eggs as “persons.”
Laughably, on his web page Brophy claims to endorse “Limited government” and “Personal responsibility.” Exactly how is subjecting women and their doctors to “court action” for health-related (or any) abortions — thereby using government force to kill some women — an instance of “limited government?” Brophy, along with many other Colorado Republicans, have proven that they are mortal enemies of individual rights.
I sent Brophy the following question via e-mail:
In a recent e-mail, you state that Amendment 48 “doesn’t ban contraception.” However, a popular birth-control pill says right in its prescription literature that it can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. Do you believe that the pill or IUD can do that? If so, do you advocate a ban on those forms of birth control? (Yes, I intend to publicize your answer.)
I referred him to pages 3-5 of the paper.
When Brophy encourages voters to “Ignore all the hype,” he is asking them to ignore some of the real legal implications of Amendment 48 and impose religious dogma through force of law.