Media Advisory: New Video & Fact Sheet on Colorado 67 and North Dakota 1
Today, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) released an online video How Colorado's Amendment 67 and North Dakota's Measure 1 Can Hurt All Pregnant Women. This short video details how the legal principles promoted by these measures would, and have, already been used to justify the arrests of and forced medical interventions on pregnant women and new mothers.
This week, NAPW and COLOR also released the fact sheet, "Value Pregnant Women and Mothers: Vote NO on Amendment 67," explaining how Colorado's amendment, if voted into law, would make pregnant women and new mothers across Colorado vulnerable to arrest and prosecution.
This resource (available in English and Spanish) identifies many of Colorado's criminal laws that would become tools for arresting, rather than protecting, "pregnant mothers." Amendment 67 would do this by making the words "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code include "unborn human beings." For example:
Child abuse: (1)(a) A person commits child abuse if such person causes an injury to a child's life or health, or permits a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation that poses a threat of injury to the child's life or health, or engages in a continued pattern of conduct that results in malnourishment, lack of proper medical care, cruel punishment, mistreatment, or an accumulation of injuries that ultimately results in the death of a child or serious bodily injury to a child. (C.R.S.A. § 18-6-401) [Words in bold highlighted for emphasis.]
Reckless endangerment: A person who recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person commits reckless endangerment. (C.R.S.A. § 18-3-208 § 18-3-208) [Words in bold highlighted for emphasis.]
If Amendment 67 passes, a pregnant woman could be arrested and prosecuted for "child abuse" or "reckless endangerment" for refusing a cesarean surgery, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or engaging in a variety of everyday household and workplace activities if law enforcement authorities believe they create "a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to an 'unborn human being.'"
The fact sheet includes real-life examples of pregnant women who have already been arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned under child abuse and other criminal laws based on the principles that Amendment 67 would put into law.