At rally, Christian Univ Prez falsely claims OC lawmakers want to protect abortion ‘even after birth, if necessary’
This year’s Colorado Celebrate Life Rally began on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol on Saturday afternoon with large crowds gathering and carrying signs with anti-abortion slogans, emboldened by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear arguments in a Mississippi case that threatens to overturn a 50-year precedent of federally protected abortion access vis à vis Decision Roe v. Wade from 1973.
Meanwhile, with the start of the 73rd Colorado Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers announced their the intention to introduce a bill protecting access to abortion throughout pregnancy for women in the state, creating a dramatic and controversial backdrop for advocates on both sides of the issue.
Saturday’s rally and march, sponsored by Respect Life Denver, a arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, was preceded by a Catholic Mass celebrated by Bishop Samuel Aquila at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
The rally began outside the legislative chambers at 1 p.m. with emcee Dan Caplis, a Tory talking radio host and rally sponsor, welcoming the crowd and exposing the seminal nature of the current political and legal landscapes around the issue of abortion in America and Colorado.
Caplis told the crowd that Roe v. Wade, pending the next Supreme Court ruling in Mississippi Dobbs Case, is about to be relegated to the “ash heap of history”.
“When Roe falls,” Caplis told the cheering crowd, “you can come here and to state legislatures across America and have a chance to make laws and save babies. So today let’s use the joy and momentum of this victory to fuel us as we now prepare to climb each of these peaks – these doors you have opened – and step out and together into this promised land where every child can be saved . »
“Like all major civil rights movements, it is non-partisan. It’s completely non-partisan,” he told the crowd. “It’s neither left nor right, it’s neither red nor blue. It’s good or bad. It’s crystal clear, … and everyone from both parties or no party at all is equally welcome in this early civil rights movement.
Caplis introduced State Representative Barbara Kirkmeyer (R-Weld County), who spoke about the legislative challenges facing the anti-abortion movement in Colorado.
“The debate over abortion and life is heating up across the country, including right here in Colorado. In 2020, Coloradans put Proposition 115 on the ballot, which, if passed, would have bans abortion after 22 weeks. Now, in 2022, my fellow Democrats are introducing legislation that will codify abortion up to the time of birth into state law,” Kirkmeyer said, to boos from the crowd. “This is a scary proposition. As Coloradans, we don’t want to be the most radical abortion state in the country, which we will be if this bill passes. Today, I stand by your side and I walk with you as your state senator, as a mother, as a grandmother of six children, and I will continue to fight every day for the lives of the unborn children on Capitol Hill, because taking the lives of innocent children for convenience is not and never will be a tenet of a decent society , moral and just. We can never stop fighting. Never!”
During a preview of the legislative session last week, House Democratic Majority Leader Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo) pointed to the 2022 bill Kirkmeyer referred to in her speech, story The Colorado Sun she will prioritize legislation to ensure abortion access while federal protections are debated.
“It’s clear that a patient’s basic right to have an abortion is under threat across the country in our country right now,” Esgar said. “And we’re not just going to sit back and let Republican politicians jeopardize that here in Colorado as well. We will codify the right to abortion and stop all efforts to limit access to abortion in our state.
Initiative 115, Colorado’s 2020 referendum banning abortions later in pregnancy, which Kirkmeyer referenced in his speech, was defeated by nearly 18 percentage points.
Previous state referendums known as “personhood” measures – proposals for laws stipulating that life begins at conception and thereby banning all abortions, including for rape and incest – also failed in 2008, 2010 and 2014.
Current Colorado Republican Party Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown cut her teeth in activism at age 20, leading the initiative effort in 2008.
Another initiative was proposed this year by anti-abortion activists. Initiative #51 was recently rejected by the Titles Committee. It proposes “equal protection of every child living in Colorado that will prevent the willful murder of any living child before, during, or after birth.”
Saturday’s rally at the Colorado Capitol also featured speeches from Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, Jorge Rodriguez, who addressed the crowd in English and Spanish, thanking them for their advocacy and activism. .
The theme for this year’s rally was “Honoring Brave Mothers”.
The McGarrity family, adoption and Down syndrome advocates who had appeared at the 2019 Celebrate Life rally, also addressed the crowd. The family has eight children – adopted and biological – four of whom have trisomy 21, a genetic condition commonly known as Down syndrome. Sonia McGarrity received a certificate honoring her as a brave mother, in keeping with the theme of the rally.
Also in keeping with the theme, Joshua, a student at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, read his essay honoring Saint Elizabeth, for which he received a commendation.
A representative of the Knights of Columbus detailed the organization’s efforts to donate ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers in crisis so they can offer free ultrasounds to expectant mothers. He shared the anecdote of a woman who changed her mind when her 7-year-old daughter, attending the ultrasound session with her mother, exclaimed, “Look, mom! The baby is waving at us!
Donald Sweeting, president of Colorado Christian University (CCU), delivered a forceful speech encouraging activists to step up efforts in all sectors of society to end abortion in America.
He spoke to the crowd about CCU’s national position as a pro-life university and mentioned CCU’s think tank, the Centennial Institute, as a lobbying arm in support of anti-abortion legislation and its efforts to thwart “the so-called Reproductive Health Equity Act”.
Sweeting cited Colorado, along with California, New York and Oregon as states “when Roe v. Wade is overturned, will become travel destinations for women seeking abortions” and where activists and lawmakers will try to protect access to abortion throughout pregnancy and “even after birth, if necessary,” which has recently become a misleading and false call for anti-abortion activists.
The Saint John Vianney Seminary Choir gave musical presentations.
Closing the rally, Caplis celebrated Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila as a fearless leader who speaks the truth and told the crowd to congratulate each other on the progress they have made. Somehow, he said, Roe is dead! And that’s thanks to you !”