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On the heels of Kermit Gosnell’s extended abortion murder trial in Philadelphia, in which he was accused of killing infants who had been born alive by using a scissors to cut their spinal cords, majority Democrats in Colorado have adopted a strategy to prevent any such prosecution in Colorado
The Democrats are led by Senate President John Morse, majority caucus chair Jeanne Nicholson and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino. One opponent has come up with a striking name for House Bill 1154, which repeals certain state criminal statutes regarding the abortion procedure.
“Under guise of protecting pregnant women, this bill repeals the Colorado criminal abortion statutes, which in some respects, makes this the Kermit Gosnell Enabler Act,” Colorado Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, told WND.
“In addition, HB 1154 repeals part of the statute that protects freedom of conscience – severing the rights of hospitals, doctors and medical staff to refuse [to participate] in abortions.”
Gosnell’s case attracted attention from even the generally pro-abortion establishment media with its horrific testimony of babies born alive, left on shelves breathing for 20 minutes then summarily killed with the spinal column snip.
The testimony of cat feces, filthy instruments, nonworking instruments and other circumstances revealed the inner workings of a U.S. abortion industry that revolted almost everyone who heard it.
“This bill is an open invitation for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell to come and open up shop here,” said Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood Colorado.
The bill, a slap at the voters in Colorado who repeatedly have voted pro-life, “repeals the criminal abortion statutes” in the state. Democrats were able to adopt legislation virtually at will this year because they control a majority in both the state Senate and House. Gov. John Hickenlooper is a Democrat in support of the legislature’s left-leaning agenda of civil unions, gun control and abortion protection.
The White House also lobbied the state legislature for restrictions on guns, according to Colorado lawmakers, seeking to establish a precedent in a Western state.
The bill claims its purpose is to create new criminal offenses for crimes against pregnant women that terminate their pregnancies. The aim is to prevent what happened to Brady Surovik, an unborn boy who was killed by a drunken driver in Longmont.
However, since Brady was in his mother’s womb, no state charges applied, and Brady had no rights.
The bill states if an individual causes an unborn child to die because of a “highly provoking act of the intended victim,” the perpetrator has only committed a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by only 12 to 18 months in prison and/or a $1,000 to $100,000 fine.
To receive the approval of Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, the bill plainly specifies it does not consider the unborn child to be anything other than an inanimate object on a par with any other property that is destroyed by a criminal.
The bill states its rationale has nothing to do with the child but is the result of lawmakers “recognizing the woman as the victim of criminal conduct.”
To remove all doubt that the bill has nothing to do with the unborn child, it further states 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.”
Cathy Alderman of Planned Parenthood told Denver’s KDVR-TV that the organization is praising the bill because of its approach to ensure the unborn child does not have any rights.
“HB 1154 is a thoughtful and fair approach to a complex area of law that addresses crimes against pregnant women without restricting or infringing upon reproductive health care,” Alderman said.
However, some are concerned that the provisions prohibiting criminal prosecution of abortionists amounts to saying the state would welcome doctors such as Gosnell to come and set up their practices in Colorado without fear of consequences.
The bill states that “nothing in this article shall permit the prosecution of a person for any act of providing” medical, surgical or any other type of care. It also excludes from prosecution any abortion facility that provides abortions, whether it be at a clinic or using telemedicine procedures.
“Planned Parenthood’s backdoor attempt to repeal Colorado criminal laws has passed,” said Jennifer Mason, spokeswoman for Personhood Colorado. “No matter how negligent an abortionist may be, even if he is on par with Kermit Gosnell, he or she can no longer be criminally charged.
“Planned Parenthood has effectively created an abortion free-for-all in Colorado. Planned Parenthood’s deceptive new bill has created an infinitely more dangerous environment for pregnant women.”
At a recent fundraiser, Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania President and CEO Dayle Steinberg said when women came to the organization with concerns about what was happening, they decided to place the burden on the individual patients to report the incident.
“We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg told noted feminist Gloria Steinem in an interview.
Commenting on the Gosnell trial, Steinem said: “It makes more clear why you need Planned Parenthood. There is nothing on Earth more important than what Planned Parenthood is doing.”
However, under the new Colorado law, if Gosnell had been operating his clinic in the state, there would be no trial.
Another danger in the bill is that abortionists cannot be held criminally liable if they perform an abortion against the will of an underage patient. If a minor is brought in by a parent or another adult and insists the child have an abortion against her will, the doctor cannot be charged for performing the abortion.
Saine said another troubling feature of the bill is how it creates different classifications of crime by allowing a person to face a lesser charge for killing a pregnant woman than any other person.
“The vague wording in this bill has many concerned, including district attorneys, that the language allows a murderer to face a lesser charge when killing pregnant women as opposed killing one that is not pregnant,” Saine explained. “The legislation also allows reduced charges for different circumstances: For example, if the victim caused irresistible passion that led an ‘unlawful termination of a pregnancy.’ However, this bill does not expressly include beatings or harm intended to induce abortions based on gender preference.”
She said the Democrat sponsors “twice refused an amendment to identify sex-selection abortion as a crime in the House and in the Senate. HB1154 dredges up the specter of the three-fifths compromise, promising not to confer upon unborn children the status and dignity of being qualified as human beings.”
Surovik has said the Democrats’ bill does nothing to ensure justice for her son because it refuses to acknowledge that he even has rights.
To ensure those like the drunken driver who killed Brady will face the proper consequences for killing a human life, Surovik has sponsored the Brady Amendment, which would enshrine fetal homicide in the Colorado constitution. The amendment, if approved by voters, would overturn the provisions in the Democrats’ bill exempting doctors from prosecution.
Surovik participated in making a video detailing the events surrounding Brady’s life and has launched A Voice For Brady to help pass the amendment. Supporters are currently gathering the required 86,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
“HB 1154 is a defining example of the lengths the abortion industry will go to garner more protection for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell than they will for pregnant women and the children they carry,” Saine said.