Monday night, at a forum sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the National Council of Jewish Women, Buck answered a question about whether government should be in the business of enforcing laws that criminalize abortions. Supporters say the amendment would make abortion illegal in Colorado.
"I am pro-life and I believe that life begins at conception," he said. "We should do everything we can in this country to promote life."
"I'm dealing with an issue that's out there right now; I am not taking positions on any of the state amendments," he said.
During his August primary campaign against Jane Norton, Buck filled out a survey for the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado stating that he supported Amendment 62 which voters will decide this fall. It asks whether Colorado's Constitution should be amended to define life as "the beginning of the biological development of that human being."
The position was criticized in numerous television commercials aired by Buck's Democratic opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), as a policy that could lead to the banning of certain forms of common birth control. In Sunday's Denver Post, Buck said that "isn't how I looked at the personhood amendment."
At the Jewish community candidate forum on Monday night, he elaborated saying, "I am not opposed to common forms of contraceptives and do not in any way advocate banning common forms of contraceptives."
One of the authors of the amendment, Leslie Hanks, said the measure would impact some forms of birth control, including the pill, if it works to prevent an embryo from implanting in a woman's uterus.
"True contraception prevents fertilization and personhood for pre-born babies will legally protect every baby from the beginning of his or her biological development," said Hanks in an e-mail. "Only those forms of "birth control" that extinguish a life that has already begun will be impacted. Many of the oral "contraceptives" have an action that makes the womb inhospitable to a developing embryo and hence, the new living, growing baby is prevented from residing where his or her Creator intended until birth."
Buck spokesman Owen Loftus said in a phone conversation that the characterization in this story of his candidate's evolution on this ballot measure "is correct."
He sent 9NEWS an e-mail expanding on Buck's position that reads:
"Ken believes life begins at conception, and does not favor doing away with common forms of birth control, like the pill. It's clear that Amendment 62 and personhood are being used interchangeably. This is not the case within the pro-life community--there are many people who favor the concept of personhood, but are opposed to personhood amendments. Eagle Forum is one example. Eagle Forum is strongly pro-life, but they are strongly opposed to any type of personhood amendments (see here). In Ken's case, he supports the concept of personhood, but is not taking a position on any of the state ballot initiatives, including Amendment 62."
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