Colorado Democrats Delay Abortion-Rights Vote

April 15, 2014 11:50 PM

Colorado Democrats Delay Abortion-Rights Vote
" DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Colorado Democrats proposed an election-year measure to strengthen abortion rights. But they delayed a vote on their proposal Tuesday after a senator’s illness put the bill’s outcome in question.

The Senate was scheduled to debate a bill to guarantee that state or local policies won’t interfere with reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception.

But with a one-seat majority, Democrats were unable to vote on the measure as planned Tuesday when a Democrat left because he fell ill.

The bill would also draw election-year contrasts on a divisive measure where Democrats think the public is on their side. It’s a symbolic measure because future lawmakers could change it.

Hundreds of religious conservatives rallied on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday in protest.

The Archbishop of Denver joined hundreds of Catholics outside the State Capitol to pray for the defeat of a bill the he says would enshrine the right to abortion in Colorado.

“It is both extreme and dangerously ambiguous,” he said.

The legislation bars any government policy “that denies or interferes with an individuals reproductive health care decisions.”

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