(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Congressman Cory Gardner isn't the only wolf in sheep's clothing on the abortion issue. Extremist Republican candidates routinely attempt to hide their actual agenda regarding abortion rights.
Another recent, albeit lower-profile "evolution" in Weld County is the flip of HD 50 candidate Isaia Aricayos.
In 2013 Aricayos' website included: "I oppose abortion in all cases except where the life of the mother is in imminent and mortal danger." (Screenshot from July 2013 below the fold.)
But now in March 2014, his website includes only that he believes in the "sanctity of life" and that "life begins at conception." For a lot of voters, what's important isn't that politicians play games to get elected. What's important is what the politicians really think, and what they're going to try to do once they're in office.
So what does Aricayos really think should be our policy?
Well, in January earlier this year, he trumpeted the endorsement of Steve Humphrey, and praised Humphrey's HB 1133. (This screenshot below the fold also, although as of today the post is still up on his Facebook page.) Which is a law to make prescribing anything that aids in an abortion a class three felony. Which means a doctor that prescribes an abortion for a woman who's fetus is badly damaged and would never have a normal life, or a hospital that provides an abortion to an underage rape victim, would be going to jail for four years. Depending on how you read the statute, even a store that sells plan B over the counter or someone who purchased Plan B for a friend who couldn't afford it, would be going to jail for four years, because the statute appears to ban even Plan B, which can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. (Note: an earlier version of this diary did not recognize that the statute is a little ambiguous with respect to whether Plan B would be included in the ban. See the comments.) Or more–four years is the standard minimum sentence for a class three felony.
Don't believe me? Here's the main text of the bill:
"A person shall not knowingly administer to, prescribe for, procure for, or sell to a pregnant mother any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination" [of a pregnancy].
"A person shall not knowingly use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant mother with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of [the pregnancy].
A violation of this section is a class 3 felony."
This kind of extremist politics may work for people like Humphrey who live in districts that pull the lever for whatever Republican wins the primary. But as Ken Buck learned in 2010, extreme positions on abortion rights are a major liability for candidates in competitive general elections, such as the ones facing Congressman Gardner and Mr. Aricayos.
And so they lie.
Here's what we know about Mr. Aricayos:
1. He opposes a woman's right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. His only exception is when the life of the mother is imminently threatened.
2. He supports a bill that would send anyone prescribing or helping someone get an abortion to jail for 4 years or more.
3. He doesn't see any problem with hiding his true views from voters.