At the conclusion of the 2020 Communication Tour, Bishop Berg met with a leading volunteer of the Initiative 120 for the State of Colorado, John Ebel, who serves through Due Date Too Late, to sign the Petition for Initiative 120.
Initiative 120 seeks to end abortion at twenty-two weeks in the State of Colorado. According to Due Date Too Late, there are nearly 400 abortions at twenty-two weeks taking place in Colorado annually.
Colorado is one of the very few places in the world and one of only seven states where abortion is legal up to birth. Colorado is the late-term abortion capitol of the United States.
Bishop Berg asks all Catholics of the Diocese of Pueblo and throughout the State of Colorado to sign Initiative 120. When asked for comment on the Initiative, he stated:
“We as Catholics have an obligation to stand for life from conception to natural death. The unborn are truly vulnerable and we must live up to what God calls us to and that is to respect his designs and provide all human life the opportunity to grow, thrive, and pursue the will of God.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2270-2271) states:
"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. [...] Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end of a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law."
125,000 signatures must be collected for the Initiative to make the November 2020 ballot. The final deadline for signatures to be submitted to the State of Colorado is March 4.
According to John Ebel:
“The excitement in the Colorado Pro-Life community continues to grow as we approach our signature goal. But there is yet much to do. 200,000 signatures is a big number. Many churches are yet to heed Bishop Berg’s call to action. The good news is that there is still plenty of time for churches and individuals to get involved before the end of February.”
Please involve your parish, family, and friends in this effort. To sign the petition or volunteer to circulate the petition, please contact John Ebel at (303) 435-9169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributor: Amanda Zurface resides in Pueblo, Colorado, where she serves as the Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Pueblo. She also serves as the Catholic Content Specialist for Covenant Eyes. Amanda holds a License and MA in Canon Law and a BA in Catholic Theology and Social Justice. She is the co-author of Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, Confident: Helping Parents Navigate Online Exposure and Transformed by Beauty.