This article has been updated since originally posted.*
Colorado Democrats in the state legislature claim to serve families ad nauseum, but the reality is they serve only a callus and brutal anti-family ideology.
On 18 Feb, 2015, “a pregnant Colorado woman lost her unborn baby after a car hit her while she walking with her 18-month-old son and his grandmother. This family who lost so much is now being denied justice by Colorado Democrats.
In each of the previous three legislative sessions, Representative Janak Joshi introduced a “fetal homicide” bill, and each year Democrats have killed it. Nationally, 36 states allow prosecutors to charge criminals for two crimes when they kill and injure both a pregnant mother and her unborn child in the commission of a violent crime.
These fetal homicide laws are outside the framework of abortion, and in no way impact state abortion statues. Without these laws, assailants are only held accountable for killing or injuring the mother and face no penalty for killing her unborn baby. Colorado allows no provisions for such punishment. LifeNews reported that:
Although the baby died, prosecutors will not be able to bring charges for the unborn child’s death because Colorado state law does not regard unborn children as human beings who deserve justice when they are killed, even outside the context of abortion.
Colorado Democrats deny justice to families who are victims of violent or negligent acts if an unborn child is ripped from their lives by a criminal assailant. Why? Because the Democrats’ slavish devotion to abortion will not even allow for a mother to know her child’s murderer will be brought to justice for killing her child.
They fear a “slippery slope,” where their revered abortion laws could somehow come under attack. They cannot allow themselves to admit, even in this single instance, the truth that even late in a pregnancy it is a child existing in its mother’s womb. They tell these grieving families they cannot allow this truth to bleed into their unholy denial that a feeling, living child does exist before delivery.
To Democrats some lives just don’t matter. To the families to whom they deny justice those lost lives mean everything. Colorado Democrats in our state legislature are not for Colorado families. They are for a radical agenda where no life really matters unless they deem it worthy. How many of their constituents really understand how extreme their elected officials truly are?
*UPDATE 3/6/15: Don’t buy the line that fetal homicide protections already exist in Colorado.
Thanks to some devoted followers of this blog, I’ve updated this post with some insightful information to help further explain what’s going on in Colorado regarding the selected lack of protections for defenseless lives. The information I wrote above was challenged by someone claiming that the Democrats already passed a “fetal homicide” law in 2013 via HB13-1154.
In truth, HB13-1154 is an abortion protection bill. It was sponsored by two liberal Democrats, and it merely expanded a law passed in 2003 which made it a crime to “illegally terminate a pregnancy” beyond violent acts. HB13-1154 expanded this law to add and codify penalties for “careless conduct.” HB13-1154 also repealed “abortion” language from the 2003 law.
HB13-1154 was carefully crafted to sound as though fetal homicides are penalized by law. However, believing that HB13-1154, as currently in statute, brings justice to families who lose a pre-born child that they love with all their hearts is believing a lie. This insidious law goes out of its way to be sure that all of Colorado – law-abiding, God fearing citizens and criminals alike – knows that if a pregnancy is terminated “illegally,” that no CHILD was harmed in the commission of the crime. The bill goes beyond callus and distortive legal word games; it’s immoral.
The law recognizes the “pregnant woman as THE victim of criminal conduct.” She is the ONLY victim. Nowhere in the law is the pre-born child allowed to be considered as a human with God-given rights, much less a victim. In fact, the authors of the law go out of their way to deny that a child is involved in its death stating that:
…nothing in this act shall be construed to confer personhood, or any rights associated with that status, on a HUMAN being at any time prior to live birth.
This “any time prior to live birth” declaration is a mind-bending piece of denial. It reminds me of something I read as a kid, from a doltish twist of Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox which asked, “If you put a cat in a box, does it still exist?” Of course, the cat exists, just as a woman who is an hour from “live birth” is carrying an actual child. But HB13-1154 denies even the possibility. In Colorado, if a pregnant woman falls victim to a violent attack and loses her child, there is NO crime committed against her child. Only the woman is a victim. The existence of a child is denied.
We live in a world where people will go to the mat to protect a salamander at the expense of an entire agricultural industry, because there are only 5 million such salamanders left on earth, but people will deny that a child is a child, even minutes before it is welcomed by its family.
I was once a “cat in the box” denier, but reason has changed me. A woman is carrying a baby, and that child is as much alive as anyone who is reading this. Families who fall victim to having that life ripped away from them deserve justice, and so does their child.
Not only do defenseless lives not matter to Democrats, but this historical trail of pro-death-supporting legislation perfectly illustrates just how far they will go to stage and disguise their agenda as something it’s not.
Don Rodgers has been an influential political activist and leader in Colorado for 8 years. He is the founder, leader, and organizer of the local 9-12 Project Pikes Peak Patriots, and a military veteran. Find Don on Twitter and Facebook.