Denver, Colo., Apr 25, 2017 / 14:38 pm
April 25 marks 50 years since Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to legalize abortion. In a statement released Tuesday, the bishops of Colorado called for continued prayers and efforts to build up a culture of life in the state.
"Amid celebrating the joy of Christ's resurrection, we pause to remember the dark shadow cast over Colorado 50 years ago," said a statement from the Colorado Catholic Conference.
"As we reflect on the fiftieth anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Colorado, we express immense sympathy for the victims of this horrific assault on human dignity."
Colorado was the first state in the nation to decriminalize abortion. The initial legislation, signed into law April 25, 1967, allowed abortion in certain limited cases: rape, incest, or a prediction of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or mother.