Campaign to get abortion ban on Colorado ballot fails to garner enough signatures

Supporters of a ballot initiative that would have banned abortion in Colorado did not get enough signatures by Monday’s deadline, so the measure will not appear on the November ballot.

Initiative 56, “unlawful killing of a child,” would have prevented abortion at any stage of pregnancy and made no exceptions for rape or incest.

Fans were expected to collect nearly 125,000 valid signatures, but they fell short of the required number, organizers confirmed. The campaign declined to say exactly how many signatures they obtained and said representatives did not deliver any signatures Monday to the Colorado secretary of state.

The grassroots effort to pass the measure was led by a group of Northeast Colorado women who were asked by ‘pro-life leaders’ to advance an initiative to ‘keep up the momentum’ after Proposition 115 , said spokeswoman Faye Barnhart, who lives outside of Fort Morgan. Voters rejected the measure in 2020, which would have banned abortion at 22 weeks.

Colorado voters have rejected four other measures since 2008 that would have restricted abortions, and the Democratic-led state legislature this year passed a law that would guarantee the right to an abortion at any time during pregnancy without government interference. government.

Barnhart said the group began praying to work on an anti-abortion measure nine months before pursuing the issue and plans to try to push it through again in the future.


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