3:13 pm - Monday December 18, 1882

Gardner Isn’t Being Honest With Coloradans

“Gardner said he stepped forward because Udall and his allies have spent the last three weeks ‘distorting my record.’ Among the ‘lies,’ he said, claiming that he opposes abortion even in the cases or rape or incest.” — Denver Post, 3/21/14

 

Once again, Congressman Gardner is trying to run from his long record of turning his back on Colorado women. Despite Gardner’s crocodile tears, the fact remains that the 2007 Colorado abortion ban that bears his name banned abortion even in cases of rape and incest. And for the past two years Gardner cosponsored the Life at Conception Act, which would ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest, and outlaw common forms of birth control. The only person not being honest with Colorado voters is Cory Gardner.

 

You can see the bills for yourself HERE and HERE.

 

Gardner Opposed Abortion In ALL Instances. “Gardner says abortion should be illegal in all instances. ‘I’ve been very up-front on it; I am pro-life,’ Gardner, a state representative from Yuma, said in an interview with the Coloradoan.” [Fort Collins Coloradoan, 9/26/2010]

 

Gardner Cosponsored Bill To Make Abortion A Class 3 Felony. In 2007, Gardner sponsored SB 07-143 in the Colorado General Assembly which was an anti-abortion bill that would outlaw all abortions with the exception of cases that is “designed to protect the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice.” It would make it a class 3 felony to perform an abortion [Colorado General Assembly, SB 07-143; Fort Collins Coloradoan, 10/3/2010]

 

  • The Bill Would Have Banned Abortion In Cases Of Rape And Incest, Doctors Would Face Class 3 Felony And A Prison Term Of Up To 12 Years. In February 2007, the CU Independent reported that “Senate Bill 143 proposed to ban all abortions in Colorado, except when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk. This would include banning abortions to women who have been victims of rape and/or incest. Any doctors who performed abortions outside of these lines would face a third degree felony that could carry a prison term up to 12 years.” Life News, an anti-abortion news outlet stated “Colorado legislators voted on Monday to kill a bill that would have offered legal protection to unborn children who are victims of abortion. The measure, modeled after the abortion ban the South Dakota state legislature approved last year, would have banned most abortions, except in very rare cases to save the life of the mother.” [Life News, 2/12/2007; The Denver Channel, 2/11/2007; CU Independent, 2/14/2007, KDVR, 3/10/2014]

 

Gardner cosponsored the Life Begins at Conception Act in July 2013. [HR 1091, cosponsored 7/23/2013]

 

  • Gardner Also Cosponsored The Legislation In 2012. [HR 374, cosponsored 3/20/2012]

 

Life Begins At Conception Act Defined A Human Being As “A Member Of The Species Homo Sapiens” At The Moment Of Fertilization.“To implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty and authority of the Congress, including Congress’ power under article I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress’ power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being. …Human person; human being.–The terms “human person” and “human being” include each and every member of the  species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.” [HR 1091, Bill Text, introduced 3/12/2013]

  • Legislation That Defines A Fertilized Egg As A Human Being Would Ban All Abortions, Including Those Resulting From Rape And Incest, And Would Declare Common Forms Of Birth Control, Like The IUD, As Murder. In October 2011, the New York Times reported “A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder. […]The amendment in Mississippi would ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and ‘morning-after pills,’ which prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.” [New York Times, 10/26/2011]

 

  • American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists: Legislation Defining A Fertilized Egg As A Person Would Abolish Regular Forms Of Birth Control Like The IUD And The Common, Everyday Birth Control Pill. [ACOG, 2/10/2012]

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