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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Have anti-abortion Coloradans finally proposed an initiative that can pass?

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

After multiple attempts, anti-abortion Coloradans have finally found a ballot proposal with a chance to pass.

Initiative 120, tentatively titled “Prohibition on Late-Term Abortions,” represents a change in approach that will put abortion front and center during next year’s election.

For more than a decade, hardline anti-abortion Coloradans pushed various “personhood” initiatives that would have imposed a near ban on abortion. The personhood efforts lost at the ballot box over, and over, and over again.

Always on the losing by almost two-to-one margins, personhood did nothing for anti-abortion advocates but alienate the very majorities necessary to implement change. In contrast, abortion-rights advocates like Planned Parenthood used the campaigns as a boon to raise money and data mine supporters. 

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