Colorado’s prolife movement is still buzzing over the upset it scored in last November’s election. In a statewide referendum, voters made Colorado the thirty-fifth state to ban public funding of abortions.

Christian Research Associates (CRA), an evangelical organization specializing in personal and social reformation, mobilized support among Christians for the constitutional amendment. Opposition was strong, with virtually all of Colorado’s political leaders actively working against the measure, called Amendment 3.

CRA executive director Tom Trento participated in five debates, including one with Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm and two with Lamm’s wife, Dottie. “This is an example that though the battle is difficult, we can win,” Trento said. “David can beat Goliath.”

Richard Lamm, who last year made headlines for his statements on the duty of the elderly to die, was among the amendment’s most ardent opponents. He and his wife, along with Denver Mayor Federico Peña, played active roles in Colorado Taxpayers for Choice, an organization formed to oppose the amendment.

Dottie Lamm argued in her regular column in the Denver Post that it “costs 15 times as much for a medicaid patient to deliver a full-term infant and raise it on public funds for 17 months … as it does for her to abort.”

Colorado’s Right to Life Committee chairman, William Woodley, challenged the Denver Post’s decision to allow Dottie Lamm, a cochairperson of Colorado Taxpayers for Choice, to use her column to publicize her opposition to Amendment 3. In a letter to the Post, Woodley pointed out that the newspaper had suspended Lamm’s column in 1978 and again in 1982 when her husband announced he was running for reelection.

Post editor Chuck Green noted that Dottie Lamm ...

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