Joe O’Dea signed petition to put abortion measure on Colorado vote in 2020 – The Journal

The US Senate nominee has presented himself as a pro-abortion Republican

Republican nominee for US Senate Joe O’Dea discusses health care, abortion and electoral integrity June 20 during a debate with Rep. Ron Hanks hosted by The Colorado Sun and CBS4. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun via Report for America)

Republican US Senate candidate Joe O’Dea not only voted for a 2020 election measure that would have banned abortions in Colorado after 22 weeks of pregnancy. He signed a petition to put Proposition 115 to a vote this year.

O’Dea signed the petition on Feb. 26, 2020, according to documents from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office reviewed by The Colorado Sun on Thursday. That was about a week before state election officials had to put signatures on the ballot for the measure.

His signature was the first under a statement of what Proposition 115 would do: “Prohibit abortion when the probable gestational age of the fetus is at least 22 weeks, and in connection with making it a punishable offense or attempt a.” perform prohibited terminations of pregnancy unless termination of pregnancy is imperative to save the life of the pregnant woman or when there is a physical threat to her life.”

The news, first published in The Sun’s politics and politics newsletter The Unaffiliated on Friday, complicates O’Dea’s portrayal of himself as a pro-abortion Republican. Proposition 115 failed 59% to 41%, a range of 18 percentage points.

O’Dea, who is running to unseat US Senator Michael Bennet, said his position on abortion has changed since he was a private citizen in 2020.

He told The Associated Press that he hadn’t considered “all the nuances” of the 2020 measure.

O’Dea now says he believes abortions should be legal up to 20 weeks’ gestation, or five months, after which the procedure should only be allowed in cases of rape and incest, or when a mother’s life is in danger or a fetus is not viable is .

O’Dea has also said he would vote in favor of a bill bringing Roe v. Wade would codify the recently overturned US Supreme Court decision guaranteeing access to abortion.

“Joe supports a woman’s right to choose during the first five months of pregnancy and opposes late-term abortion,” O’Dea spokesman Kyle Kohli told The Sun. “He’ll be right. There will be some who disagree with Joe’s established opposition to late abortion, just as there will be Republicans who disagree with his early support for abortion rights.”

O’Dea, a first-time candidate, has joined fellow Republicans in support of abortion at any point during pregnancy. He has also been criticized by Democrats for voting on Proposition 115, a revelation first reported by The Sun, and for telling 9News he wants to “negotiate a good bill that puts women’s rights into brings balance”.

Democrats have run a series of television ads attacking O’Dea’s position on abortion, including an active $2.7 million campaign by a newly formed super PAC, 53 Peaks. This group spent another $200,000 on digital ads against O’Dea this week.

According to 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of abortions occur before the 21st week of pregnancy. 93% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, 6% between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says, “With very rare exceptions, babies born before 23 weeks gestation do not survive.”

O’Dea’s campaign said O’Dea does not plan to pursue abortion legislation if elected to the Senate, but that he will use the 20-week threshold — and the exceptions thereafter that he supports — to determine if he will vote. yes” on a bill in Congress.

Bennet, meanwhile, supports legislation banning any government restrictions on access to abortion, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, according to his campaign.

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