Colorado pro-lifers are racing to the finish line to give residents the opportunity to vote on a piece of pro-life legislation.
Because the state legislature has repeatedly thwarted proposals to ban late-term abortions, the Coalition for Women and Children's "Due Date Too Late" campaign was launched to accomplish Initiative 120, a ballot measure that would outlaw abortions at or after 22 weeks pregnancy. Spokesperson Lauren Castillo tells OneNewsNow there are more and more reports of premature babies who previously would not have survived but do now due to medical advances.
"We know that these babies at 22 weeks are viable … meaning they can survive if they're born prematurely at this point," Castillo comments. "And we know that a 22-week preborn child is a human child, and it's biologically indistinguishable from a baby born at 22 weeks gestation."
Also, scientists have established that preborn babies can feel pain earlier in gestation than previously thought, and abortion at 22 weeks or later is excruciating for the baby.
"There was a recent Gallup Poll, and that Gallup Poll showed, in fact, that the majority of Americans are in favor of restricting late-term abortions," Castillo notes. "So this is something that we see as a common-sense piece of legislation."
Due Date Too Late has until May 28th to gather another 10,000 petition signatures, but volunteers hope to obtain 20,000 by the deadline.