Lynne Herring: Vote yes to Amend. 48


To the editor:

I would like to encourage your readers to vote YES on Amendment 48. For 30-plus years, we have been lied to and led to believe that abortion is a constitutional right for every woman. Actually, this has nothing to do with the Constitution.

The Supreme Court decided in 1973 what the law of the land would be regarding abortion, and the decision of these nine people supercedes any state or federal law at the time or since.

In wanting to keep women safe and out of the backrooms of illegal abortion doctors, we as the American people were led to believe that women need a safe solution to rape and incest and to save the life of the mother during a dangerous pregnancy.

Here is the lie: 30-plus years later, we have aborted millions of babies and trust me, they are not all because of rapes or incest or the life of the mother. Those are not the biggest reasons.

Pregnancies after rape and incest are very rare, and no one would condemn any woman for getting an abortion because of violence done to her. Getting an abortion because the life of the mother is at risk - while it does happen - also is very rare, especially in our advanced medical world. Again, no one would condemn. We have abortions done for any reason, at any time during a woman's pregnancy.

From the first month to the very last day, a woman can have an abortion with no questions asked. We even have it legal for a woman to go into labor after a nine-month pregnancy, and her doctor deliver the baby feet first, leave the baby's head in the birth canal, put a hole in the baby's neck and suck out the baby's brains. This is called a partial-birth abortion, and it is something Obama has voted for and supported every time it has come to his desk, whether as an Illinois senator or as a senator in Congress. So has the governor of Colorado, and he is asking you to vote no on 48.

After millions of dead babies, isn't it time somebody stood up and said enough is enough?

I believe that a society that does not value human life at all stages will see an increase in the moral decay of its society. We will see an increase in drugs, abuse in the home against wives and children, pedophilia, alcohol abuse, the decay of family values, gang violence and murder. When life holds no value, nothing holds value.

Please vote yes on 48. I believe, as a Christian, that when I stand before God and He asks me if I did everything in my power to respect and protect life, but I chose not to vote or I vote for the Democratic Party and Obama, who strongly support abortion, that God will hold me just as guilty.


cantstandtexans 8 years, 6 months ago

And while I'm at it....let's say this Amendment 48 passes. Where does that place the government at? More government?!!! Let's say under Amendment 48...a women accidentally takes too much of a medication and the fetus dies. Accident. Under this law....she would be held for murder!! Let's say the woman accidentally runs a stop light and has an accident that kills the fetus. Her fault...she gets charged with murder. Let's say the women is married to a person that smokes. The woman can be charged with child endangerment. The woman has a small alcoholic drink...child endangerment. Any action that the expecting mother may do that endangers the fetus or kills the fetus will subject the mother to any combination of charges....since what you want is that the fetus....AT THE TIME OF identified and given the same rights as an adult!! See a pattern here??!!!

Then what! The child grows and now....she/he sees that their mother didn't have the resources to give them what they feel is the necessities of the mother gets sued? There is no defining guide lines in this amendment. Just simply that the fetus(or egg!) is granted rights that may or may not hold up in a court of law. But damn lady!!! You preach less government and government intervention in peoples lives....but this amendment guarantees that the government will have to increase it's size and obligations!! Whose's behind this Amendment 48 anyways??!!

Then there are the eggs in the ovaries. Would these be considered as having rights under 48? The answer? YES!!! So...if some of the eggs are taken out for artificial fertilization outside the womb....those that are not seeded and die......guess what. MURDER!!!!!

Can't you see Lynne Herring...what you are supporting? Or is it that you're so damn wrapped up in your religion that you cross the line as a decent person and want to force laws down the throats of others....that may or may not believe as you do. Who says your religion is correct? You? So does your religious affiliation consider themselves as Judge and know..playing God? Your assertion that you'll stand before the Judgement Seat and want your hands to be clean. If you believe that actions of law enforcement is a action of God surely haven't read the Actions of the Apostles. You know...a person fill with the living spirit of Jesus doesn't need to fight physical wars the Bible teaches. It is a Spiritual battle that you cannot use swords or spears. It's called intervention and intercession in PRAYER!!!!

You have no need to question where I come about this....that is my business. Having once been truly filled with the spirit of the ONLY LIVING GOD...JESUS...I can tell you...there is much more to be concerned about that a law of man. That however...isn't how the current batch of Evangelicals behave themselves.

Amendment 48 is a horrible ridiculous intrusive man made idea of doing Gods work.

You need to stop!!


nikobesti 8 years, 6 months ago

Can someone please tell me which business Lynne owns in Craig?


nikobesti 8 years, 6 months ago

Ha! Good one Patrick. Nah, I have no urge whatsoever to speak with this person. I was considering using the most powerful tool most American consumers have to make their voice heard: boycotting.

I'd be curious to know your proposed solution (as well as Lynne's) to limit unwanted pregnancies. Do you support sex education in schools that teaches kids about using condoms?

I'm also confused by this paragraph of Lynne's:

"Pregnancies after rape and incest are very rare, and no one would condemn any woman for getting an abortion because of violence done to her. Getting an abortion because the life of the mother is at risk - while it does happen - also is very rare, especially in our advanced medical world. Again, no one would condemn. We have abortions done for any reason, at any time during a woman's pregnancy."

It appears as though Lynne supports a woman's right to chose to have an abortion in cases of rape, incest, and where the life of the mother is at risk, like most Americans. But doesn't she know Amendment 48 does not allow for these exceptions? Amendment 48 goes too far, which is why even many pro-life folks aren't supporting it.


Isis 8 years, 6 months ago

I respect Lynne's deep faith. However, I do not share her faith or thoughts. This is not a religious choice. It is a woman's personal choice and should stay this way.


cantstandtexans 8 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating. The Republican Party preaches less government in our lives and yet....they want to institute it's (The GOP) own personal beliefs into all Americans lives.

Let's just face the facts. Most people really do want the government to stay out of their own personal lives. I want to ask Lynn Herring this. Why in the hell do you want to deny people that do not agree with your philosophy, the rights granted to them in the Bill of Rights? It's none of your damn business what others do...PERIOD!!!

You are nothing more than typical Evangelical that preaches love and charity and Jesus lives in your heart. Which by the an inaccurate assumption...Jesus does not dwell in a so-called believers heart....HE DWELLS WITHIN YOU PHYSICALLY!!! And I've gotta tell you. Your arguments and opinions do not line up to what the Apostles taught and believed. The Evangelical fascist right say they love that fetus...but you hate the child after it is born. People that preach anti-abortion but vehemently hate socialistic programs that help children and families of children that are not born with a silver spoon in thier mouths! This isn't a Sunday School commenting section. But you opened the door with your bigoted opinion of anti-abortion that will be enforced by the federal government! Stay out of peoples personal and private lives!!

What's next Lynn Herring. You want to say what a couple can and cannot do within the confines of their home?! You must believe in Jesus and be a Christian or you support terrorists or you do not believe in the United States of America and're branded as a subversive anti-American?

I do not relish the idea that there is abortion. But damn it!! Then you must admit that there should be far reaching access for birth control at much earlier ages or manditory birth control. Mandatory birth control is viable in my view. But there should be birth control available at the onset of puberty. Hence...far fewer abortions. You cannot stop sexual activity Lynn any age!!! Teenagers...unmarried people...and why in the hell do people press that you MUST be married before sexual activity? WHO??!!! Whose business it is anyways!! This is the United States of America. LEAVE IT ALONE AND KEEP YOUR NOSES OUT OF PRIVATE LIVES!! Abortion is none of your business....PERIOD!!!

What you press in your opinion is bordering on the grounds of fascism. A totalitary style of laws. In other words...IT'S THE REPUBLCAN EVANGELICAL WAY OR IT'S THE HIGHWAY....CORRECT??!!!


gem 8 years, 6 months ago

amen, cantstandtexans (btw, i love your name) I THANK GOD, that there are people in craig that think like me. i thought i was alone in this town!!! i am a christian and i am a democrat... i personally wouldn't abort, even if i was raped. BUT, i dn't think that the gov't should tell you what you can or can't do with your own body. i don't think it's murder if it is stopped by a certain time (when the fetus gets a heart beat) which is 12 weeks...women should know by then that they ARE pregnant. i DO think that the gov't needs to do things to help reduce abortions, like passing the law with hospitals telling rape victims about the morning after pill (which btw is the equivalent of TWO birth control pills). and educating women more on reproductive issues... you may know, but unfortunately there are A LOT of women who are clueless.


Isis 8 years, 6 months ago

How do we get insurance companies to cover birth control? Funny thing is they have no problem covering Viagra. Where is the balance here?


lonelyone 8 years, 6 months ago

Isis, that is probably because it is a bunch of men who run insurance companies and as long as they can feel good about themselves, they arent all that concerned with what women need!!! ;o)


Diana Hsieh 8 years, 6 months ago

The advocates of Amendment 48 claim that a newly-created embryo -- a single cell without any human attributes except DNA -- is a human person with a right to life. They wish to force that view on everyone, whatever the costs. Consider:

  • Amendment 48 would make abortion first-degree murder, except perhaps to save the woman's life. First-degree murder is defined in Colorado law as deliberately causing the death of a "person," a crime punished by life in prison or the death penalty. So women and their doctors would be punished with the severest possible penalty under law for terminating a pregnancy -- even in cases of rape, incest, and fetal deformity.

  • Amendment 48 would ban any form of birth control that might sometimes prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus -- including the birth control pill, morning-after pill, and IUD. The result would be many more unintended pregnancies and unwanted children in Colorado.

  • Amendment 48 would ban in vitro fertilization because the process usually creates more fertilized eggs than can be safely implanted in the womb. So every year, hundreds of Colorado couples would be denied the joy of a child of their own.

Amendment 48 has very sharp teeth. Yet such consequences seem to be of little concern to the advocates of Amendment 48. They think that the men and women of Colorado should be forced to sacrifice for the sake these new "persons" in the womb.

So we must ask: Is a fertilized egg a human person with a right to life? The only rational answer is "NO."

An embryo or fetus is wholly dependent on the woman for its basic life-functions. It goes where she goes, eats what she eats, and breathes what she breathes. It lives as an extension of her body, contained within and dependent on her for its survival. It is only a potential person, not an actual person.

That situation changes radically at birth. The newborn baby exists as a distinct organism, separate from his mother. Although still very needy, he lives his own life. He is a person, and his life must be protected as a matter of right.

So when a woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy she does not violate the rights of any person. Instead, she is properly exercising her own rights over her own body in pursuit of her own happiness.

For more information, visit:

For a detailed analysis, see the issue paper "Amendment 48 Is Anti-Life: Why It Matters That a Fertilized Egg Is Not a Person" by Ari Armstrong and myself. It's available at:

The sad fact is that Amendment 48 is based on sectarian religious dogma, not objective science or philosophy. It is a blatant attempt to impose theocracy in America.

Please vote NO on 48!

Diana Hsieh Founder, Coalition for Secular Government


slipknot 8 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Lynne; but I also believe that you also, everyone of you have your God given right to vote as you see fit. But, You do not have the right to belittle Lynn for her spoken opinion. Regardless of how silly or stupid it sounds to you. If only all if of the respondents were as devoted to a cause as Lynn is.


cantstandtexans 8 years, 5 months ago

Lynne Herring doesn't have a right to try and impose you hypocritical B.S. religion on NO ONE!!! So...hell no she doesn't have a right to suggest nor voice her support for such a blatant attempt to religion or a fascist belief!! If Lynne Herring or you slipknot doesn't like that...then move to Iran where religion is forced on everyone!! There's no difference between the radical Muslims and so-called hypcritical Evangelicals. AND THAT'S A FACT!!


grannyrett 8 years, 5 months ago

Cantstand-Sure Lynn has a right to her belief's--just as you do. She can voice her belief's just as you have voiced yours. We that know Lynn, understand how she feels. We may not agree with it, but I think we all agree that she has the right to believe it. You have put your feelings right out there for all to see, and whether we agree with how you feel, or not, no one will ever say that you don't have the right to believe that way. She isn't trying to impose her belief's on you. She is simply stating her point of view. Don't go postal on us.


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