Loading
Teen leads Colorado pro-life group

.- She’s 19, home-schooled and the leader of a new movement to make abortion illegal in Colorado.

Kristine Burton has wanted to do something to stop abortion since she was 13 years old, she told the Denver Post in a recent interview. Burton is leading Colorado for Equal Rights, a group pushing a ballot initiative to amend the Colorado Constitution in 2008 to make abortion illegal.

A faithful Baptist from rural Peyton, Burton says she has a passion to be involved with the pro-life movement. Currently, she is enrolled in the online law school for home-schoolers, Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, Calif.

She has teamed up with 32-year-old attorney Mark Meuser, an Oak Brook graduate whom she met at a legal conference, to push for the recognition of the humanity of the unborn. Meuser, who is licensed to practice law in California, recently moved to the Denver area to pursue the initiative full time.

Meuser said he has strategized with attorneys at the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., a nonprofit public interest firm dedicated to religious freedom. The center has indicated that it is willing to give Meuser legal assistance in any subsequent litigation.

Meuser and Burton are working to define when personhood begins since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade stated that "when the personhood is established, ... the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the (14th) Amendment."

The team met with the state title board Wednesday to set the ballot title. Any of the reproductive-rights groups opposing the effort have until Wednesday to challenge the ballot wording.

After final ballot approval by the board, Meuser will submit the wording of their petition to the secretary of state's office, which has two days to review it. Then, Burton and Meuser have six months to collect the signatures of more than 76,000 registered voters.

Burton and Meuser spent Thursday visiting church groups and other organizations to drum up support. 

Colorado for Equal Rights registered as an issue committee with the secretary of state on June 15, and lists Burton’s mother, Debra, as secretary. Its only donations so far have come from Burton's father, Michael, who has given $188.

Those interested can visit the organization at http://www.coloradoequalrights.com/


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
25

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14

Gospel
Date
04/25/14
04/24/14
04/23/14

Daily Readings


Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »

Saint
Date
04/24/14

Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14

Homily
Date
04/25/14
04/24/14
04/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: