The Reporter-Herald published Dave Barkey’s letter about the Brady Amendment:
Colorado voters have the opportunity to declare where they stand on the question of the sanctity of life.
Amendment 67 included in our state Constitution would bring the document into the 21st century to acknowledge the clear evidence provided by ultrasound and intra-uterine surgical interventions that the occupant of the uterus is indeed a human person deserving of the rights and protections enjoyed by all living human beings.
The language of the proposed legislation focuses on the unborn as an innocent bystander when the mother is attacked by a killer or inebriated driver and the child dies or is injured in the act. Abortion is not addressed, even though it would be a small legal step to include the procedure as an “unlawful termination of a pregnancy.”
Thousands of us have signed the petitions to get this measure on the ballot. Whether or not you signed a petition, it is time for all of us who are registered to vote to be honest in our assessment of what we see when we look at an ultrasound image. Do you see a tadpole or a fish or a monkey? Is what you see a person or is it not? Why is this such a difficult conclusion to affirm? Expectant parents anxious to see their unborn child quickly identify what they see as their son or daughter. Are they smarter than judges who shrink from declaring that what they see is actually a person?
By passing this amendment, we, the citizens of this state, will make a statement to our judiciary and legislature that they would ignore at their peril. It will also awaken certain political candidates to the fact that this matter has not been settled anywhere except in their closed minds.