Gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter joined us for a Q&A on June 23rd, as you know.
He had quite a bit to say on the subject of abortion, if you remember, and that has earned him the ire of a large section of what the other Dem prospects like to call "their base."
Several emails on this have been forwarded around party insiders in the last two weeks, all featuring this quote from our Q&A:
I am pro-life as a matter of personal faith. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, and the decision of whether or not to legalize abortions reverts to the states, and if the Colorado Legislature passes a bill banning abortion, I will sign the bill...
It's tough to imagine the folks over at NARAL or Planned Parenthood not being beside themselves at that. To be fair, though, whoever originally sent this is pulling the quote somewhat out of its context:
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, and the decision of whether or not to legalize abortions reverts to the states, and if the Colorado Legislature passes a bill banning abortion, I will sign the bill only if it provides protections for women who are victims of rape or incest, or to protect the life of the mother. However, should the Colorado Legislature pass a complete ban without these protections, I would veto that bill. That said, Roe V. Wade is the law of the land and abortions are legal. As Governor I will act in the same way I did as DA. I will respect the law as it stands...
A principled statement from a man of principle? Or an unacceptable position from any Democratic candidate? We report, you decide.