Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Why the Colorado Personhood Amendment
is Paramount!


GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO – On Thursday, March 20, Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley declared that an unborn baby of 8 ½ months gestation is not a person.
Logan Lage was allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase when his vehicle struck Shea Lehnen's head-on. The crash resulted in the emergency C-section and subsequent death of Shea's daughter, Lileigh. However, because Baby Lileigh's death was caused by injuries she sustained before she was actually born, homicide charges against Logan Lage have been dismissed. According to Judge Gurley, Lileigh was not a "person" when she was fatally injured. Evidently, she died as a person, but was killed as a non-person.
To read more, visit: Grand Junction Sentinel.
The coroner's report ruled the death of Lileigh Lehnen a homicide. Babies gestated to 8 ½ months are nearly full-term and can easily survive outside of the womb. Regardless of these facts, Judge Gurley has ruled that homicide charges do not apply, because Lileigh was not yet born.
The Aspen Times reported that Judge Gurley wrote that three conditions must exist at the time of the homicide to qualify a victim as a "person":

• The victim is a human being.

• The victim has already been born.

• The victim is still alive.

"This outrageous ruling is a clear example of they hypocrisy of Colorado law," commented Kristi Burton, spokesperson for Colorado for Equal Rights. "If a child like Lileigh is not a person, what is she? There is no other answer. However, this case effectively illustrates the current state of our laws in Colorado and across the nation. Some states would recognize Lileigh's rights as a person, yet Colorado does not. It's high time we change this and clarify what a person actually is in Colorado. Our Human Life Amendment can lay the needed foundation to bring justice to people like Shea and Lileigh Lehnen.
Once the Colorado Human Life Amendment gets on the ballot, it will go a long way in protecting people who currently have no protection under Colorado laws. This Amendment is supported by common sense and by science. As Dr. Jerome LeJeune, an internationally recognized geneticist, wrote, "Life has a very, very long history but each individual has a very neat beginning: the moment of its conception."

Colorado for Equal Rights is a statewide grassroots organization of committed pro-life activists. Colorado for Equal Rights is sponsoring the Human Life Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, stating "(t)he term "Person" or "Persons" shall include any human from the time of fertilization." The Human Life Amendment initiative is currently working to gather petition signatures to appear on the November 2008 ballot.
For more information, please contact Kristi Burton at 719-661-8827 or via e-mail at coloradoforequalrights@gmail.com.
Colorado RTL Public Announcement: U.S. Judicial Crisis

Colorado RTL is informing pro-lifers of a crisis among the federal judiciary. For 35 years, pro-lifers have hoped that by electing pro-life presidents such as Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush, America would get judges who support the God-given right to life of the unborn. Justices who we all hoped were pro-life have made it increasingly clear that they are not. Antonin Scalia has publicly stated that he would strike down any law that prohibited abortion in all fifty states, and Clarence Thomas has ruled that the culture has the right to decide to legalize the killing of unborn children. Sadly, not even one of the seven current U.S. Supreme Court Justices nominated by Republican presidents support the right to life of the unborn. Further, our pro-life presidents have nominated sixty percent of the U.S. federal judiciary, and yet the judiciary utterly rejects the right to life of the unborn. Also we should remember that the pro-abortion Roe v. Wade decision was written by a Republican Justice and passed by the Republican majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, and abortion was legalized in Colorado by Republican governor John Love in 1967. Colorado RTL is educating pro-lifers to the sobering judicial crisis because it tells us that the status quo strategy of regulating abortion over the last decades is leading to a judicial culture exactly the opposite of what the pro-life movement had expected. When we ask judges to uphold abortion regulations, that very request moves “our own” judges to accept that the government has the right to regulate the killing of children, which they do by upholding our own initiatives. Thus Colorado RTL advocates Personhood and the God-given right to life as the strategy that will one day end legalized abortion in America!

Colorado RTL invites you to an Italian Fest to hear Judie Brown, president of American Life League at $100-a-plate fundraisers to benefit Colorado’s Personhood amendment effort, April 4 in Denver, April 5 in Colorado Springs. Please RSVP to CRTL at 303 753-9394!