Colorado “Life Begins at Conception” Amendment Faces Resistance

13 10 2008

The Christian Post has a story about a proposed amendment on the Colorado ballot that would define human life beginning at conception. But it’s facing resistance from unlikely sources.

National anti-abortion opposition groups aren’t funding it. Colorado’s anti-abortion Democratic governor, Bill Ritter, held a press conference on the Capitol steps to denounce it, joining the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Medical Society.

The executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, Jennifer Kraska, said the church believes life begins at conception. But Kraska said Catholics fear that the amendment’s passage wouldn’t end abortion but rather lead to judicial reaffirmation of abortion rights.

“We just don’t think this is the best way to pursue the end of abortion,” Kraska said.

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Bishops Take Biden To Task

10 09 2008

Fox News is reporting that two prominent Catholic bishops are taking Senator Joe Biden to task for comments he made this past weekend on “Meet the Press”.

Asked on the program about when life begins, Biden said: “Look, I know when it begins for me. It’s a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church.”

He added that while he believes life begins “at the moment of conception,” it would inappropriate to impose that view on others in a pluralistic society.

The bishops said Biden was right to say human life begins at conception. But the church “does not teach this as matter of faith; it acknowledges it as a matter of objective fact,” they said.

“Protection of innocent human life is not an imposition of personal religious conviction but a demand of justice,” they added.