Colorado Democrats Give Up Abortion Fight

April 17, 2014 1:39 AM

Colorado Democrats Give Up Abortion Fight
" DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats abandoned their own divisive abortion proposal Wednesday, axing the bill after one lawmaker expressed indecision and it became clear they might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber where every vote matters.

Democrats used a legislative maneuver to shelve a bill that would have banned any state regulation of reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. It had been scheduled for a vote Wednesday evening in the Senate, where the party holds a slim one-seat majority.

The move came after Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, said he wasn’t sure if the measure was the “right tool” to protect a woman’s right to manage her reproductive health.

“I totally support a woman’s right to make decisions,” he said. But referencing an outpouring of opposition in recent days, Kefalas added, “I had concerns about the outpouring that I heard from folks.”

At least 500 people protested the measure at the Capitol on Tuesday, led by Denver Catholic Archbishop Samuel Aquila "

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