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.

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