Colorado Was the First Abortion State, Even Before Roe vs. Wade

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Roe vs Wade. Many think this is the ruling that made abortion legal. In her op-ed, " Colorado was the First Abortion State, Even Before Roe vs. Wade," author Patti Kurgan explains that six years before the passage of Rove V. Wade, state representative Dick Lamm (who went on to become Colorado’s governor) introduced an abortion bill that was eventually passed and signed by Governor John Love on April 25, 1967, the first of its kind in the nation.
You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! (Psalm 139:13-14)

Why do women think they have the right and power to terminate another life with policies derived from Politicians, Bureaucrats and Interested Parties?  Is this what Colorado and our nation wants to be known for, the continual killing of our most innocent and vulnerable children?  The unborn children are not just a cluster of cells, they are humans just like their biological mother and father.  We know this because ultrasounds, “the window to the womb,” show us many characteristics of the baby including physical movement, stretching, sucking his/her thumb, and the beating heart.  The Mayo Clinic lists a number of reasons why ultrasounds are performed by health care providers; a few examples are:

Confirm the pregnancy and its location. 

Determine baby’s gestational age. 

Confirm the number of babies. 

Evaluate baby’s growth.

Monitor baby’s movement, breathing and heart rate.

Provides detailed picture of baby’s heart.

Provide details of baby’s blood flow. 

We cannot ignore the recognition by The Mayo Clinic that they are seeing a live “baby” with the ultrasound.

Colorado’s Abortion Legislation

Six years before the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973, then state Representative Dick Lamm (who went on to be governor) introduced an abortion bill in Colorado that was eventually passed and signed by Governor John Love on April 25, 1967, the first of its kind in the nation.  In the year 1967, 140 unborn children were intentionally killed in Colorado.  In 2020, 10,368 unborn children were intentionally killed in Colorado.  Per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDPHE, “These numbers represent the number of reported terminations, and are believed to significantly underestimate the true number of events.”  The CDPHE, it should be noted, states that terminations are “also called abortions.”  We know that as a nation, since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 63.5 million babies have been intentionally killed.

Many have probably never heard of Dr. Bernard Nathanson.  He was known as “Abortion King” because he attended over 60,000 abortions as the director of the largest abortion clinic in the world, the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, and performed over 1500 abortions in his own practice in New York City during the early 1970s.  It was in 1973 that he watched an abortion via ultrasound and saw, as he describes it, the baby screaming.  As a result, Nathanson became an avid advocate for the Pro-Life movement.  He wrote against abortion and was active in the production of the movie, The Silent Scream (1984).  In the movie, Nathanson explains the technology of an ultrasound and shows images of the fetus in utero.  He details the body of the baby and then explains how an abortion is performed.  Ronald Reagan was sent a copy of the movie and reacted, “If every member of Congress could see [The Silent Scream], they would move quickly to end the tragedy of abortion.”

At the end of last year ABC News program Five Thirty Eight tweeted out the question:  “Do you have an abortion story?”  The response was overwhelming as thousands of responses were recorded although many were not what the producers expected.  Catholicvote.com reported on a number of stories that included women turning away from abortion as well as children thankful their mothers did not choose abortion as an option to the appreciation of parents able to adopt.  There were also postings of regret for having aborted their child.  Read more about this most prolific pro-life twitter posting here.

The Impact of Abortion

Most of us have been touched by abortion as almost 25% of women have had one or will have an abortion.  We need to seek out women who are contemplating abortion, speak to them with compassion, and guide them to available resources.  With the proper emotional support and information, we are seeing women turn away from abortion clinics.  Talking to other women about health care centers during pregnancy a few that are highly regarded include:  Bella Health + Wellness,  Marisol Health, Alternatives Pregnancy Center, and Life Network.  For women needing post-abortive healing both Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard were discussed.  Clinical workers in abortion clinics have found healing when leaving the abortion industry at And Then There Were None (ATTWN).

The effects of abortion can last for many years leaving women in pain and depression.  They need to be healed and experience true restoration through repentance, confession, and the sincere ask to be forgiven.  God is a forgiving God and He will comfort those in need.  We can actively pray for these women, aiding them to God’s door.  Through prayer and organizations, many unborn children have been saved, and we need to grow this movement into saving millions.  St. Vincent Ferrer said, “If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart.  Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire.”  From the beginning, we know that the child saved includes other lives, including the mother and father and the clinical workers who would have participated in the abortion.

The Supreme Court and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

The nation is awaiting the Supreme Court ruling regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.  Mississippi passed a law that would prohibit most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a challenge to Roe vs. Wade.  We should have our eyes turned toward the state of Colorado.  Colorado has the most extreme abortion law as all abortions are legal and can be performed seconds before birth.  Colorado had partial-birth abortions until President George Bush signed a law banning the procedure in 2003.  The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in 2007 with a 5-4 ruling.  A federal statute defining the term is:

Pursuant to 18 USCS § 1531(b), the term “partial-birth abortion” means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion:

  • deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and
  • performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living

Colorado’s Democrat State Legislators Champion Abortion

The day the Supreme Court heard arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, Colorado state Democrat legislators stood on the steps of the state Capitol with a signed proclamation stating Coloradans’ rights to abortion will stand.  They have pledged to pass a bill this legislative session that will protect abortion access regardless of the outcome at the Supreme Court.

Patrick Neville, state House Representative District 45, introduced a bill the first day of this session, January 12, 2022, HB22-1047, Protecting Human Life At Conception.  As stated in the summary, “The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony.”  This past Wednesday Dave Williams, state House Representative District 15, introduced HB22-1079, Abolishing Abortion In Colorado.  The summary states:

The bill defines a “person” to include an unborn child at all stages of gestation, from fertilization to natural death, as it relates to a private right of action and current homicide and assault provisions. 

The bill declares that any existing state law relating to prenatal homicide or regulating abortion or abortion facilities is superseded to the extent it conflicts or is inconsistent with the provisions of the bill. The bill requires the state to enforce homicide and assault provisions without regard to the opinion of the United States supreme court in Roe v. Wade and other supreme court decisions, past, and future. …

Write and/or call your state representative and senator in support of these bills; the directory is accessed here.  We need to be vocal and support the right of the unborn child to life.  We all have a responsibility to act.

There is no justification for the intentional killing of the innocent unborn child.  No man or woman can morally take the life of another.  We need to work and pray that all life is treated equally with respect.  Ignorance, apathy or silence is inexcusable.  We are all called to preserve God’s creation.

There is only one human that was conceived and born to die:  Jesus Christ, our Savior.  The rest of us humans are conceived and born in the image and likeness of God to live.

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2 Responses

  1. Patti Kurgan, God bless you for this powerful testimony written to awaken Colorado to the horrific evil of abortive baby killing.

  2. Nice & well researched article! Thank you fir fighting for the most innocent and voiceless of our society. If we don’t fight for them, no one will. I loved your last paragraph, the only one that the only human that was born to die was Jesus Christ. So true!

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