.- Coloradoâs Catholic bishops have denied a pro-life groupâs claim that they have âpersonally expressed supportâ for an amendment to the state constitution that would define personhood as beginning at conception.
In a February 26 press release from Colorado for Equal Rights, Keith Mason claimed that the Catholic bishops of Colorado âhave personally expressed supportâ for his organizationâs proposed âPersonhood Amendment.â
On Thursday, the Colorado Catholic Conference (CCC) suggested in a press release that Colorado for Equal Rights âseriously misrepresentsâ the views of the Catholic bishops of Colorado. It said Masonâs statement about episcopal support was âfalse.â
âNo broad-based coalition of Catholic leaders has voiced support for Coloradoâs Personhood Amendment,â the press release said.
The bishops, however, are not rejecting the amendment. âWe commend the goal of this effort to end abortion. Individual Catholics may certainly choose to work for its passage,â they said.
The reason the Catholic leaders gave for their choice not to back the amendment was that other pro-lifers had raised âserious questionsâ about the timing and content of the amendment.
âWe encourage any and all efforts to eliminate or reduce attacks on the unborn, but we do not believe that this yearâs Colorado Personhood Amendment is the best means to pursue this issue at this time,â the CCC statement concluded.