The anti-choice movement may have overplayed its hand in Colorado with the Personhood Amendment, but not before making an insane video calling Obama the Angel of Death. Will it make a difference in the Senate election — for the better?
This is the second time Coloradans have been asked to vote on an amendment that would grant fertilized eggs, including ones involved in in-vitro fertilization, the same rights as living beings. They roundly defeated it last time. Pro-choice activists have argued that that expansive definition would apply to birth control that prevents implantation, including the pill and the IUD, as well as the morning-after pill.
The video above is an astonishing piece of work even for a movement that routinely traffics in lies and defamation. As Jodi Jacobson points out, lies include that the government spends "$457 million on abortion internationally," nevermind that the Hyde amendment prohibits it from doing so. It also claims that the Affordable Care Act contains "massive funding" for abortion. "That would be somewhat difficult given that the law clearly states that no federal funding will be spent on abortion care anywhere," Jacobson writes.
Oh, also, they have Tim Tebow's mom on their side.
By contrast, the No on 62 has gotten the state NAACP to formally declare its opposition to the amendment — despite the fact that the organization has traditionally declined to take positions on reproductive health — and is trying to reach out to Latinas with ads like this.
Anti-choice news source Life News itself notes that the measure is controversial within the movement to ban abortions:
As was the case last time, some pro-life groups oppose the amendment because they say it will head to the Supreme Court, which will strike it down and add to the pro-Roe v. Wade case law upholding unlimited abortions. The Catholic Church has not endorsed the measure and some say Colorado taxpayers could be stuck with the legal bills for Planned Parenthood if the abortion business wins a legal challenge against it.
So what does this have to do with the tight Senate race between Ken Buck and Michael Bennet? Well, Bennet has had a cudgel to wield against Buck with women voters, which he has happily done, with videos like this one.
And that pesky rape case Buck declined to prosecute certainly won't help him with women voters, who still trend towards Bennet.