Apr 16, 2014 6:10 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Colorado Democrats delay abortion-rights vote

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats proposed an election-year measure to strengthen abortion rights. But they delayed a vote on their proposal Tuesday after a senator's illness put the bill's outcome in question.

The Senate was scheduled to debate a bill to guarantee that state or local policies won't interfere with reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception.

But with a one-seat majority, Democrats were unable to vote on the measure as planned Tuesday when a Democrat left because he fell ill.

The bill would also draw election-year contrasts on a divisive measure where Democrats think the public is on their side. It's a symbolic measure because future lawmakers could change it.

Hundreds of religious conservatives rallied on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday in protest.


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