Tens of thousands of Coloradans are ready to end legal late-term abortion in their state. A Democrat trifecta in the Colorado government makes pro-life legislation impossible to pass, so Colorado voters are taking things into their own hands.
On March 3, 2020, the pro-life petition organization Due Date Too Late turned in over 135,000 signatures from citizens of Colorado who all want late-term abortion to end. 43,000 petitions were collected in just the last six days of the effort.
Colorado is one of only seven states in the country that permit abortions to be performed up until the moment of birth. The signatures were collected as a part of Initiative #120 which would prohibit legal abortion in the state after 22-weeks’ gestation, with an exception to save the life of the mother. Expectant mothers would not be punished if the measure passes. Abortionists who violate the law and perform a late-term abortion would face a three-year revocation of their medical license and be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor upon conviction.
Due Date Too Late needed to turn in 124,632 signatures for the Colorado Secretary of State to conduct an initial review of a portion of the signatures to determine if enough are valid. Since not every signature will be determined to be valid, petition organizations typically try to turn in tens of thousands more signatures than are required.
The pro-life petition organization turned in over 10,000 more signatures than needed. If the Colorado Secretary of State determines that an insufficient number of signatures were collected, they will have 15 days to turn in additional signatures to meet the requirement. That’s why Due Date Too Late is gearing up to collect tens of thousands more signatures through both volunteer and paid canvassers if needed.
If enough signatures are ultimately collected, the measure to end late-term abortions will be added to Colorado’s general election ballot for voters to approve or disapprove this November.
In a press release announcing their success so far, organizers touted the bipartisan nature of their effort. “More than 11% of voters signing the petition are Democrats and more than 26% are unaffiliated voters,” the campaign announced.
If the measure makes it onto the November ballot, the Due Date Too Late campaign is confident it will pass with overwhelming approval from voters. The organization cites a recent Gallup poll which found that 74% of Americans favor some kind of limit upon abortion.
“The momentum is building among communities across the state to end late-term abortion,” said Lauren Castillo, spokesperson for Due Date Too Late.
If you want to learn more about the effort to end late-term abortion in the state of Colorado or get involved, visit https://duedatetoolate.com/. To register to vote, visit The Daily Citizen’s Election 2020 webpage.
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