In light of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case sitting before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), there is a movement among the states to put into place laws that will limit abortion with the expectation SCOTUS will, at the very least, put the authority to legislate abortion back into the jurisdiction of the states. Colorado was the first state in the nation to legalize abortion in 1967. It continues to be one of only a few states that allows, and even promotes, abortion access up until birth.
Last week, several bills were heard in committee highlighting the life issue. For over a decade, a bill declaring life begins conception has been brought before the Colorado General Assembly only to die along party-lines. During the testimony for these bills, this verse in Deuteronomy 30 rang out in the committee room several times: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” One witness quoting this verse told the committee that God was pro-choice. Several of the committee members expressed confusion over this. They do not see, and will not acknowledge, the baby in the womb is a life. They only speak in terms of reproductive health care and a women’s right to choose.
As other states bring bills to limit abortion, soon there will be a bill in Colorado to affirm a woman’s right to kill her baby before it is born. It could possibly be the most extreme bill in the country. Most of us were not here when abortion was legalized in Colorado, but we are here now. Will we allow a law that legalizes the taking of a life to pass and remain silent, like so much of the church did in the past, or will we repent for that generation and speak truth to this one?
In need of His wisdom and grace daily,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations