Bill Cadman is mad as schmuck.
The state senate leader is mighty steamed. Not because the legislative session that ended with a thud this week was one of the most impotent and gridlocked in recent memory, or because a host of bills dealing with pressing issues such as affordable housing, construction defects lawsuits, or the 48 state inmates who continue to serve unconstitutional sentences for crimes committed when they were juveniles, all died amid the partisan squabbling. And no, not because the first Republican majority in the state senate in a decade proved to be so splintered and fractious that Cadman had trouble keeping the troops in line.
No, our Schmuck of the Week doesn't sweat the small stuff. What's got his beak out of joint is the crushing rejection of a bill he sponsored, SB 15-268, better known as the Offenses Against Unborn Children Act. A grand, if not grandstanding, piece of legislation inspired by the recent womb-cutting attack on Michelle Wilkins in Longmont and the decision not to file a murder charge against Dynel Lane, her alleged attacker, even though Wilkins's child, whom she named Aurora, didn't survive.
Cadman's fetal homicide bill would have treated violence against the unborn just as gravely as violence against the ex utero population. But even though the bill made specific exceptions for legally sanctioned, medically approved attacks on the unborn — like, you know, abortion — the namby-pamby feminists on the other side of the aisle were having none of it. To them, the bill sounded suspiciously like another "personhood measure" in disguise. Maybe that's because the bill "defines 'person' for the purposes of homicide and assault offenses as a human being and includes an unborn child at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth."
Still, Cadman lashed out at his wild-eyed foes and their shady agendas:
"Colorado today missed an opportunity to deliver a measure of justice to the unborn victims of violent crime, while also bringing Colorado law into agreement with federal and state law, all because organized extremists couldn’t resist turning this into a debate about something it wasn't about. Most Coloradans have the common sense and common decency to know what a murder is when they see one, even if some at the Statehouse let knee-jerk politics cloud their judgment. It's unfortunate that we couldn't correct this blind spot in Colorado law and prevent similar injustices from occurring in the future, when a crime of this sort takes place. When justice is denied in the future, a spotlight will fall on the actions of the extremists who worked to defeat this bill. This is a sad day for Colorado."
Well, you have to feel his pain, right? I mean, what are extremists, anyway? The kind of people who work fanatically to promote something rare and fantastical, like abortion, while entirely ignoring the recent surge in womb-cutting fetal homicides, ignoring the rash of such incidents in recent years, which have gone from zero to one in nothing flat. For envisioning the day when violence against the unborn becomes an even bigger problem than violence against the born, Senator Cadman has shown himself to be a visionary, a compassionate defender of personhood of all ages or even nonages, and a true Schmuck of the Week.
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