.- A âdangerously broadâ proposed Colorado law written to protect contraception in response to a âpersonhood amendmentâ ballot measure is headed to the governorâs desk for approval. Amendment 48, a ballot measure on the 2008 Colorado ballot, would have defined a human being from the moment of conception as a person. It garnered only 26.7 percent of the vote.
The pending law, Senate Bill 225, is called the Birth Control Protection Act. It defines contraceptives as âany medically acceptable drug, device or procedure used to prevent pregnancy.â
The bill also defines âemergency contraception,â excluding from its definition RU-486, mifepristone, or âany other drug or device that induces a medical abortion.â
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart called the billâs approval by the state legislature a âvictoryâ that reaffirms birth control as âbasic, preventative health care.â
The Colorado Catholic Conference opposed the bill, calling it âdangerously broad and sweepingâ in its definition of contraceptives. The CCC said the law could classify abortifacient drugs as contraception.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a Catholic, must sign the bill if it is to become law.