In a KOA radio interview Tuesday, Colorado congressional candidate Barb Kirkmeyer at first tried to dodge a question about whether she’d sign a bill banning abortion nationally, including in Colorado.
Then, after being pressed, she said, “Quite frankly, I’m going just to tell you. I support saving as many lives as possible. That’s where I’m at.”
For Kirkmeyer, the phrase “saving as many lives as possible” means banning abortion if possible. As she told fellow state senators this year in explaining why she voted against a bill that protected the right to an abortion in Colorado law, “A baby in his mother’s arms should be just as valued as when that baby was in his mother’s uterus.”
Yet, during last week’s debate with her Democratic opponent on 9News, when asked if she’s interested in a national abortion ban, Kirkmeyer replied, “at this point, no.”
She went on to say during the debate, “And I’m going to support whatever saves lives. It’s not an all-or-nothing thing to me. If there’s a way to save some lives, I’m going to work to save some lives.”
When asked the same question about a national abortion ban on KOA’s Colorado Morning News Show with Marty Lenz last week, Kirkmeyer said she’d need to “really research that.”
“You know, I’m going to have to really research that and look at it,” Kirkmeyer told KOA. “I haven’t seen any bills that have come forward at the federal level at this point.”
In fact, multiple bills have been introduced over many years that would ban abortion nationally.
Later in the interview, she said she thinks she supports local decisions on abortion, “I believe we’re going to get the local Colorado Congresswoman Kirkmeyer. I am pro-life. I’ve never changed my position on that. I am pro-life.”
Stopping abortion is a cause that Kirkmeyer has fully embraced throughout her political career — and it’s a stance reflected in her support for overturning Roe vs. Wade.
In January Kirkmeyer spoke at the anti-abortion Celebrate Life rally at the state capitol, stating her position in no uncertain terms.
“I will continue to fight for the lives of the pre-born children at the Capitol every day because taking the innocent lives of children for convenience is not and never will be a tenant of a decent moral and just society,” said Kirkmeyer. “We can never stop fighting.”
Kirkmeyer’s campaign has not returned a request for comment on this topic.
Kirkmeyer’s race against Caraveo is expected to be among the most competitive congressional contests in the country in November (It’s currently seen as a tossup.), and its outcome may determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives.