Prop 115, Colorado’s proposed late-term abortion ban, fails

Aaron Lambert

In a tough loss for Colorado’s pro-life community, Proposition 115, a proposed ban on late-term abortion in Colorado, failed on election night.

Proposition 115 would have banned abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, changing the current Colorado law that allows babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth. The proposition would have allowed for an exception if the mother’s life is at risk. Under the proposed statutory change, a physician performing a prohibited abortion would have been subject to a three-year license suspension, but it would not have imposed any penalty on a woman receiving an abortion.

“Despite the disappointing result, the campaign to pass Proposition 115 has demonstrated that support for human life at every stage is widespread across our state,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila told the Denver Catholic. “I am deeply grateful to the thousands of people who worked tirelessly to pass this measure, and for all those who care for mothers, fathers and children in need, including many Catholic institutions and individuals. I pray that we will soon see the day when Colorado embraces a culture of life and recognizes the dignity of every human life at every stage of life, from conception to natural death.”

Propelled by an enthusiastic grassroots campaign that was carried out largely in the middle of a global pandemic, Prop 115 would have been a huge pro-life victory in the state that was the first to liberalize its abortion laws in 1967. Today, it remains a destination for late-term abortions. Colorado is one of only seven states that currently has no restrictions on abortion.

In order to get Proposition 115 on the ballot, petitioners had to gather a minimum of 124,632 signatures over a period of six months, beginning in December 2019. All told, they ended up delivering upwards of 150,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, securing its place on the ballot.

“Volunteers gathering petition signatures were utterly heroic in spite of the pandemic” Lynn Grandon, Program Director for Respect Life Denver, told the Denver Catholic earlier this year. “We were charged with gathering 10,000 more signatures during the stay at home orders from the Colorado governor in only a two-week time frame. The totals were nothing short of miraculous – 48,000 signatures were added.”

Prop 115 marks the fourth time petitioners were successful at getting a pro-life initiative on the ballot. In 2008, 2010 and 2014, Colorado voters rejected attempts to introduce a personhood amendment into the Colorado state constitution. There were also various efforts to enact similar laws before 2000.

Despite the loss, the Colorado pro-life community wants women to know that abortion is not the only option, and that they will continue to advocate for the dignity of both moms and babies.

“While Proposition 115 was defeated at the ballot, we’re grateful that more than 1.1 million Coloradans voted to end late-term abortion,” Grandon said. “Most important is that women vulnerable to abortion know that there are life-giving options available. The ongoing need to educate and advocate continues. Every day that passes means more lives are lost. The mobilization to help moms and save babies will continue to be our top priority.” 

For those women who are experiencing an unwanted or crisis pregnancy, you are not alone. Marisol Health and Bella Health + Wellness are two women’s clinics that work to uphold the dignity inherent in every human person with a sincere compassion for life, and they can help you. Contact Marisol Health at 303-320-8352 (Denver) or 303-665-2341 (Lafayette), and contact Bella Health + Wellness at 303-789-4968.

COMING UP: Preparing your Home and Heart for the Advent Season

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The Advent season is a time of preparation for our hearts and minds for the Lord’s birth on Christmas.  It extends over the four Sundays before Christmas.  Try some of these Ideas to celebrate Advent in your home by decorating, cooking, singing, and reading your way to Christmas. Some of the best ideas are the simplest.

Special thanks to Patty Lunder for putting this together!

Advent Crafts

Handprint Advent Wreath for Children 
Bring the meaning of Advent into your home by having your kids make this fun and easy Advent wreath.

Pink and purple construction paper
– Yellow tissue or construction paper (to make a flame)
– One piece of red construction paper cut into 15 small circles
– Scissors
– Glue
– Two colors of green construction paper
– One paper plate
– 2 empty paper towel tubes

1. Take the two shades of green construction paper and cut out several of your child’s (Children’s) handprints. Glue the handprints to the rim of a paper plate with the center cut out.

2. Roll one of the paper towels tubes in purple construction paper and glue in place.

3. Take the second paper towel and roll half in pink construction paper and half in purple construction and glue in place.

4. Cut the covered paper towel tubes in half.

5. Cut 15 small circles from the red construction paper. Take three circles and glue two next to each other and a third below to make berries. Do this next to each candle until all circles are used.

6. Cut 4 rain drop shapes (to make a flame) from the yellow construction paper. Each week glue the yellow construction paper to the candle to make a flame. On the first week light the purple candle, the second week light the second purple candle, the third week light the pink candle and on the fourth week light the final purple candle.

A Meal to Share during the Advent Season

Slow-Cooker Barley & Bean Soup 

Make Sunday dinner during Advent into a special family gathering with a simple, easy dinner. Growing up in a large family, we knew everyone would be together for a family dinner after Mass on Sunday. Let the smells and aromas of a slow stress-free dinner fill your house and heart during the Advent Season. Choose a member of the family to lead grace and enjoy an evening together. This is the perfect setting to light the candles on your Advent wreath and invite all to join in a special prayer for that week.

– 1 cup dried multi-bean mix or Great Northern beans, picked over and rinsed
– 1/2 cup pearl barley (Instant works great, I cook separate and add at end when soup is done)
– 3 cloves garlic, smashed
– 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
– 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
– 1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
– 1 bay leaf
– Salt to taste
– 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend (basil, oregano)
– Freshly ground black pepper
– One 14-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice
– 3 cups cleaned baby spinach leaves (about 3 ounces)
– 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, extra for garnish

1. Put 6 cups water, the beans, barley, garlic, carrots, celery, onions, bay leaf, 1 tablespoons salt, herb blend, some pepper in a slow cooker. Squeeze the tomatoes through your hands over the pot to break them down and add their juices. Cover and cook on high until the beans are quite tender and the soup is thick, about 8 hours. 

2. Add the spinach and cheese, and stir until the spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. 

3. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve with a baguette.