DENVER (CBS4) — Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates Republican Walker Stapleton and Democrat Jared Polis discussed their views on abortion during a debate Thursday night at CBS4.

“I will be a pro-life governor,” Stapleton said. “I will enforce Colorado’s constitution, which says that state taxpayer money — this has been in the constitution since the 1990s — shouldn’t be used for abortion-related services.”

“So you won’t answer whether you’d outlaw it or not. Do you think there should be any limits, like a ban on third-trimester abortions or counselling before getting an abortion?” CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd asked.

“Absolutely,” Stapleton answered. “I am for a ban on third-trimester abortions. I think it’s a difference between my position and Congressman Polis’s position which is really radical and really extreme. He wants a woman to be able to abort a baby a minute before that baby would be delivered by the mother and to me that is unconscionable.”

“Do you think third-trimester abortions should be legal in all cases?” Boyd asked Polis.

“Look, Walker said that somehow I want that, obviously I don’t. But what I want even less is Walker Stapleton deciding for women of Colorado,” Polis answered. “To me these are personal freedom issues. I don’t think any governor, Democrat or Republican, has the right to make that decision for women.”

“And you don’t feel like there should be any limit on it?” Boyd asked.

“I support policies that reduce the need for abortions, like long-acting birth control and making that more accessible, reducing unwanted pregnancies,” Polis responded.

Watch the full exchange in the video player above.


Comments (3)
  1. Rebecca Martz-Burley says:

    Well, your experience isn’t the experience all women have. The IUD is perfect for long term birth control. It lasts up to 5 years. You can get it with or without hormones. A woman and her doctor should make that decision, not a politician. That’s his whole point. Edward or Audrey or Bob Smith shouldn’t be making those decisions and sure as hell Stapleton shouldn’t be making those decisions.

  2. Edward A. Budzynski says:

    I am sorry that Comment by Edward A. Budzynski was meant to be from me I am Audrey Jane Budzynski

  3. Edward A. Budzynski says:

    Long Acting Birth Control doesn’t get it. Do you realize that Birth Control Pills are being over used. I was on that once and the repercussions were enormous, both physically and mentally. I had three kids and I was emotionally unstable. You have to get off of them for several months. Polis doesn’t know what he is talking about.

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