Colorado Set to Mark 40th Anniversary of Abortion Law

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Denver (AP) Forty years after Colorado passed the nation's first liberalized abortion law, leaders in the national anti-abortion movement will be in Denver Wednesday to commemorate that milestone.

They see it as a watershed moment that paved the way for other states and then the nation to legalize the practice. Colorado passed the law in 1967, six years before the supreme court legalized abortion nationwide.

Leslie Hanks, Vice-President of Colorado Right to Life, said it was the beginning of the killing of millions of unborn children across the country.

Abortion rights supporters, meanwhile, say the law was a modest step that aligned with the growing push for women's rights and concern for women who had suffered botched abortions.

It was sponsored by Democrat Dick Lamm, who went on to become governor, and signed into law by Governor John Love, a Republican.