What does everyone think of Amendment 48

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What does everyone think of Amendment 48
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Thu, 10-30-2008 - 10:44pm

Hey All,

What does everyone think of Amendment 48 in Co?

It would ban hormonal birth control and most abortions.

Here's a pro site:

http://www.coloradoforequalrights.com/

Here's a con site:

http://www.protectfamiliesprotectchoices.org/

cnon

ETA I'm in another state, so I can't vote on the, but I'd be opposed!




Edited 10/30/2008 11:00 pm ET by cnon
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Fri, 10-31-2008 - 1:59pm
I'm not in CO but I would never vote for something like this.
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Fri, 10-31-2008 - 7:15pm

"I'm not in CO but I would never vote for something like this. I mean really - "let's lower the number of abortions in this county by limiting BC options" - it just doesn't make sense. Plus, kjdragonfly is right, you can't have two people having equal rights over one body. It just doesn't work. The woman always has to have more rights over her own body than the fetus growing inside of her."

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Fri, 10-31-2008 - 8:09pm

Welcome to the board. We haven't had a testosterone infusion in quite a while.

I just copy and paste what they said into my message, I am not sure if there is another way to do it but highlighting and right clicking is about the extent of my technical prowess

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Sat, 11-01-2008 - 8:04am
I went to the "pro" site to try and learn more about it but they didn't have much in writing. Maybe because they thought it would hurt their chances? Seems pretty stupid to me. The sad part is, if mccain wins, something like this could end up constitutional.
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Registered: 08-31-2004
Sat, 11-01-2008 - 1:20pm

I think this would be a huge and dreadful step back in women's rights.

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Registered: 05-24-2008
Sat, 11-01-2008 - 3:47pm

Hi, I have been a lurker on this board for awhile, but I thought I would share this info with you. I am from CO and the following pro and con arguments are from the "blue" book that breaks down all the amendments into lay-mans terms. Although we won't know till election day, I believe that the majority of CO voters are against this amendment.
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Arguments For

1) Amendment 48 ensures that all human life, beginning with the moment of fertilization, is afforded fair and equal treatment. Currently, these rights are not given until birth. Amendment 48 recognizes that a new human life is created at the moment of fertilization and gives all human life, whether born or unborn, equal rights and protections.

2) Amendment 48 gives clear direction to the courts and the legislature about who is considered a person. Because the bill of rights does not currently contain a definition of the term "person," interpretation of the word is subjective, which may lead to the rights granted by the constitution being inconsistently applied. The measure ensures uniform application of the term "person" under the law.

3) The measure may establish the legal foundation to end the practice of abortion in Colorado. The U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. found that the unborn were not included in the word "person" as used in the U.S. Constitution. If each human life, from the moment of fertilization, is recognized as a person under Colorado's bill of rights, Amendment 48 may provide support for legal challenges to prohibit abortions in Colorado.

Arguments Against

1) Amendment 48 allows government interference in the doctor-patient relationship and could limit the exercise of independent medical judgement. The measure could restrict a doctor from using certain medical procedures and treatments. Furthermore, the measure may subject medical professionals to legal action for providing medical care to a woman of child-bearing age if it is determined to affect another "person."

2) Amendment 48 may limit the ability of individuals to make private, personal choices about their lives and health. The measure could be used to limit access to abortions and to prohibit medical care, including emergency contraception, commonly used forms of birth control, and treatments for cancer, tubal pregnancies, and infertility. The amendment may restrict some stem cell research that could lead to life-saving therapies for a variety of disabilities and illnesses.

3) Amendment 48 is more complex than adding a definition to the state constitution. Creating a definition of the word "person" in the constitution could impact many existing state laws containing the term. The courts and the legislature will have to determine how to apply the new definition to a wide variety of laws, including property rights and criminal laws.

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Sat, 11-01-2008 - 5:45pm
I wonder how something like this, if passed, would affect infertility options such as invitro?
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Registered: 04-19-2006
Sat, 11-01-2008 - 6:43pm

welcome to the board and thank you for the info.

I agree to a point with the bill. I DO think a fetus is human (after all it is certainly not a lizard) however we have to be careful about how many "rights" we afford it.

I would like to see a fetus have enough rights that putting contraband chemicals (like heron) in it's body would be punishable as abuse but not so many as using an IUD (the only workable BC method for some) would be murder or that women would have to stand trial for each and every miscarriage.

It is a tough line to toe but this bill shot way past it

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Sat, 11-01-2008 - 6:44pm
well it would certainly make freezing them illegal unless they make it legal to freeze born people
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Sat, 11-01-2008 - 6:46pm

So how would this work in terms of car pool lanes and tax deductions?


Anyway I am not even going to get into the issues I have with this law WAY beyond abortion!

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