CNA Staff, 9/29/2020 / 12:14 p.m. MT (CNA) .- The Archdiocese of Denver has urged the local Hispanic community to support Proposition 115, an electoral measure to ban abortions after 22 weeks in the state of Colorado.
“The Hispanic community is a pro-life church,” said Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Bishop Jorge Rodriguez in a September 27 letter to Hispanics in the Archdiocese of Denver. “Life, children and family are the great values and treasures of our culture and our people. That’s how we live, so we’re bringing it to the United States. We therefore hope to be able to pass these values on to our children. “
The bishops said they find it “worrying” that recent statistics show that pre-election abortion is number 12 on a Hispanic priority list, while issues such as the economy, health care and the coronavirus pandemic are seen as more important.
“Let us not let propaganda, social media and the promoters of the culture of death destroy this richness of our faith and our Hispanic tradition: we are and will be one people for life,” said the bishops.
Colorado currently has no laws regulating late abortions that either restrict or explicitly protect the procedure. This makes Colorado one of only seven states in the country where abortions can be performed until birth. Each year in the state, approximately 200-300 babies are aborted after 21 weeks of gestation.
This November, Proposition 115 will ask Colorado voters if they want to ban abortions in the state after 22 weeks of gestation unless a mother’s life is threatened. If the vote passes, doctors face a three-year suspension of their license to perform or attempt an abortion. Women would not be charged with seeking or obtaining an abortion.
More than 150,000 people from across Colorado signed a petition to place the initiative in the upcoming vote.
The death of the youngest Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – and the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to her position – has brought the issue of abortion back into focus during the election season. Ginsburg was a staunch advocate of legal abortion, while Barrett is widely seen as the court’s potential to overthrow Roe against Wade.
The Denver Post reported that the “No on 115” campaign saw a significant increase in engagement and individual online donations after Ginsburg’s death.
A January 2020 Marist poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that 70% of Americans are in favor of banning abortions after three months of pregnancy at the latest.
In their letter, quoting the Church’s teaching on the holiness of life, the Denver bishops said: “Abortion is and always will be a crime and sin that cries out to heaven.”
They warned that large sums of money were being invested in a campaign against Proposition 115, with arguments that “are misleading and can never justify the murder of children in the womb”.
Affirming the humanity of the unborn child, the bishops found that two-thirds of babies born at 22 weeks of age can survive. They pointed to a group of more than 130 doctors and scientists in Colorado who support Proposition 115.
“Rest assured that your ‘yes’ to Proposition 115 will have innumerable consequences for the lives of many children who count on you for life in the womb,” they said. “May the intercession of our Lady of Guadalupe, ‘Mother of the true God We Live for’, help our Hispanic community to remain people who love life, protect it, and celebrate from the moment of conception.”
Archbishop Aquila recently prayed with a 40 Days for Life group outside the Boulder Abortion Clinic, where many of the state’s late abortions are performed.
He said he was encouraged to see more than 20 people gathered there to pray in defense of unborn human life.
“That gives me great hope because there are people who really see the dignity of human life,” he said in a video posted online by the archdiocese.
For women struggling with difficult pregnancies, the Archbishop hopes that the Church can show them “that there are many other options and that there are people to accompany them, who accompany them, who help them carry that Child until the event and far beyond. “