Colorado was the first state to legalize safe abortion practices in the United States. The bill was bipartisan and occurred seven years before Roe v Wade was even brought to the Supreme Court’s attention, which upheld a woman’s right to have an abortion across the country. 77% of the state of Colorado believes that the Roe v Wade decision should be upheld even today.
In a Huffington Post article, Karen Middleton discusses how even though Colorado has been supportive of pro-choice legislation for decades, they have seen many pro-life bills come up in more recent years. She voices her concerns about how these bills obviously do not reflect how the people of Colorado really feel. Although pro-choice beliefs are seen as more liberal views than conservative, she mentions that the initial legalization of abortion in the state was passed by a majority Republican legislature.
It is obvious then that Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s opinion on abortion is of high importance to the people of Colorado. As it is pointed out in a New York Times article, Trump has said numerous times that he is pro-life and that he believes that Planned Parenthood should be defunded because they support and give abortion services. This is regardless of the fact that he was pro-choice for so many years, he claims that his views have changed as he has heard the personal stories of so many women who have and had not had abortions. He even went so far as to say that women who have abortions should endure some kind of punishment if the act is banned in the United States.
This caused concern from many Republican leaders as it hurt the chances the nominee has of getting women across the country to vote for him. People living in Colorado are especially concerned as they have supported pro-choice beliefs for so long. As Middleton ends her article: “Coloradans also enjoy a strong, stubborn streak of independence as a foundational core of our Western identity. I hope you will develop a sense of independence and that you will choose to lead on the issues of choice, privacy, and women’s rights.”