Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on Amendment 62 |

Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on Amendment 62

Tara Beecraft
Eagle, CO Colorado

I am trying to get the word out about the negative outcome of Amendment 62 passing. I urge you to vote “no” on this. This does not mean you are for abortion or think it’s OK. I want you to think of

the women who have very good reasons for getting an abortion: They were raped, incestuous or not, and their lives could even be at stake due to an ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy.

If this bill passes, these women will have no choice other than to carry it to term in a rape case or wait until the fetus gets too large and their tubes burst and it kills them. I understand the subject of abortion is a very controversial one, but I understand that in some situations, it is inhumane to do nothing, to just look the other way. I am going to put the arguments against below from the state ballot information booklet.

1. Amendment 62 may limit the ability of individuals and families to make important health care decisions. The measure could be used to prohibit or limit access to medical care, including abortions for victims of rape or incest and even when a woman’s life is in danger. Amendment 62 also may limit access to emergency contraception, commonly used forms of birth control and treatment for miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, cancer and infertility.

2. Amendment 62 allows government intrusion in the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship and could limit the exercise of independent medical judgment. The measure could restrict a doctor from using certain medical procedures and treatments. Further, “the beginning of biological development” cannot be easily and conclusively pinpointed. Therefore, the measure may subject doctors and nurses to legal action for providing medical care to a woman of child-bearing age if that care could affect a “person” other than the identified patient.

3. The effects of Amendment 62’s change to the constitution are unclear. The measure applies certain rights from “the beginning of biological development,” a term that is not defined within the measure, has no established legal meaning and is not an accepted medical or scientific term. The Legislature and the courts will have to decide how a wide variety of laws, including property rights and criminal laws, will apply from “the beginning of biological development.”

This law takes away rights we have not only as women but as people. If we lose emergency contraceptives and common forms of birth control, what do you think is going to happen to the women who do have an unwanted pregnancy because the prevention wasn’t available to them? What will that do to our population? What do you think is going to happen to their children? How about the children of a rape victim? What is going to happen to them? This is my opinion, which we are all entitled to. Again, I urge you to vote “no” on Amendment 62.

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