"Unborn Human Being" Rights To Be Voted On
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Colorado Secretary of State says he will accept the over 100,000 verified signatures submitted and allow amendment 67 to be voted on next year.
If passed, the amendment would add the words “unborn human being” to be included the criminal code.
The group behind the amendment, A Voice For Brady, say the law’s intention is to give pregnant mothers the ability to prosecute criminals for murder when their unborn fetus is killed.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with the Mesa County District Attorney to see how this could affect prosecutions. And although D.A. Pete Hautzinger agrees there needs to be harsher penalties for crimes against pregnant women, he still has his reservations about this law.
“A sweeping amendment like this that simply changes the definition of person to include unborn human being certainly has the potential to step into the abortion arena,” said Hautzinger.
Earlier this year, Colorado passed legislation HB 1154 protecting a pregnant woman and her unborn fetus, but the law doesn't equate to a fetal homicide statute.
A fetal homicide statute would allow murder charges against criminals who kill an unborn baby. The Denver Post reports 30 other states have provisions in their constitutions defining “fetal homicide” but not Colorado.
Proposed amendment 67 first came into existence last year when a Longmont, Colorado mother was hit by a drunk driver, injuring her and killing her unborn baby.
Since she couldn’t charge the killer with homicide, she is now bringing this law to vote in 2014 to help future victims.
But now, organizations such as Planned Parenthood are speaking out against it, saying the wording could be used against women's right to abortion in future legislation.
As it stands today, the D.A. says he hasn't taken a solid for or against position against the amendment.