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Baby born 5 weeks early

This baby boy was born 5 weeks early. Amendment 62 would protect babies like him before birth. Now, he's completely healthy, physically active, bright and very verbal.

A baby boy was born 5 weeks early weighing 4 pounds and 2 ounces, measuring 17 inches long. The parents said the baby was minding his own business of growing, kicking and sucking his thumb in his mother’s womb when she developed dangerous preeclampsia. The baby needed to be born immediately by C-section, which gave him no time for his lungs to develop nor to receive medication to help.

The baby experienced respiratory distress requiring oxygen but came home 15 days after birth. Though he needed oxygen for a couple of months, he is now healthy, physically active, bright and very verbal.

Some question whether the baby was a person prior to birth. Of course he was. He was always an individual human. He needed protecting and deserved birth unless a natural miscarriage removed him from the nurturing environment inside his mother’s body or if there was serious risk to the mother’s life or the mother couldn’t carry the baby because the conception was the result of rape or incest. In these cases, however, the pregnancy should have been terminated within weeks of conception.

It makes sense to put that protection in the Constitution of the State of Colorado. Though Amendment 62 goes a bit too far, I’d rather see the debate start at this point than where it is today. Amendment 62 says “the term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of that biological development of that human being.”

Some raise fear tactics saying mothers who miscarry could be prosecuted. A miscarriage is an act of nature just like accidents. No one is at fault. I don’t buy the fear.

I miscarried a baby at 8 weeks quite a few years ago. I lost a lot of blood in this terrible ordeal as body parts were caught on their way out. I needed help. While I was being attended to at the hospital, a nurse told me the baby was a little boy. I so wanted that little boy. Though I was grieving I did hear some comforting rationale for the miscarriage. There was enough wrong with this pregnancy that my body miscarried.

These little people yet to be born deserve our protection. Amendment 62 is a step in the right direction to give them that. Vote Yes on 62.

(Updated 1/6/11 to better reflect my views.)

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