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The Denver Post on Sunday became the first major news outlet in Colorado, with the exception of the Associated Press, to report that Ken Buck opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest. The Post's mention obviously wasn't much of an examination of the issues involved, but it was a start.

This leads to a question, which will be the first in my regular series, "Question of the week." The question-of-the-week will be my suggested query for reporters to ask a specific policymaker, activist, elected official, or candidate. It will not always focus on Ken Buck, like this week's question.

It appears that Ken Buck not only opposes a women's right to choose abortion if she's a victim of rape and incest, but he also supports a ban on the use of the morning-after pill or possibly other types of birth control, even in the case of rape and incest.

On KHOW's Caplis and Silverman show Aug. 4, Buck suggests that he's opposed the use of the morning-after pill, even in the case of rape and incest. Here's the transcript, which I've quoted previously:

Craig: ...Let's say, god forbid, that a 13-year-old boy impregnates his 14-year-old sister and does it by forced rape. You're saying that the 14-year-old and anybody involved in the abortion should be prosecuted, if they choose to terminate the pregnancy, either through surgical abortion or a morning after pill?


Buck: I think it is wrong, Craig. I think it is morally wrong. And you are taking a very small group of cases and making a point about abortion. We have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of abortions in this country every year. And the example that you give is a very poignant one but an extremely rare occurrence.

Craig: Incest happens. I'm sure your office prosecutes it. And we know rape and sexual assault happen all the time, and your office prosecutes it. So it's not completely rare. I agree that most abortions have nothing to do with that. I don't know if I'd go with rare.

Also, Buck's support of the Personhood amendment, which grants zygotes citizenship rights, would presumably include complete opposition to the use of some birth control measures, including the morning-after pill, even in the case of rape and incest.

So, the question for reporters to ask Buck:

Do you support a ban on the use of the morning-pill even for a woman who is raped by a family member?

 

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