I'm finding it difficult to understand what it is that some in the press are having trouble comprehending.
After countless speeches and more than a dozen interviews, stories and talk show appearances over the last several months, a few Colorado reporters continue to act like they've discovered the Holy Grail each time Attorney General Cynthia Coffman talks about her duty to uphold the law while her personal choices are completely different.
As someone who was the communications officer for the Colorado Department of Law and worked closely with Attorney General Coffman, let me give it a try.
The Colorado Attorney General is sworn to uphold both the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions.
She is also tapped to follow and defend both federal and state law. But she is also a person with her moral compass and moral yard stick.
So, why is it difficult for a few in the media to understand that in her role as attorney general, Coffman must defend a woman's legal right to choose an abortion - though she would never choose to have an abortion?
Unlike John Hickenlooper, who defied the will of Colorado jurors and refused to carry out the executions of remorseless killers, Cynthia Coffman has made it abundantly clear that she can separate her personal beliefs to follow the rule of law. While the current governor is ruled by his personal emotions, Coffman will follow the law.
It's similar to her responsibility to defend Coloradans' right, under the state Constitution to buy and use recreational marijuana, though Coffman has said she would never partake. These two things are true and both exist at the very same time.
It's the difference between duty and personal beliefs.
Attorney General Coffman has also made it very clear that she stands with the majority of Americans in not supporting late-term abortions or the public funding for abortions with tax dollars.
Her office has continued to fight in our courts to stop both of these illegal practices, and she has won these fights time after time.
How clear has she stated her position to reduce the number of abortions?
As reported by Colorado Politics, Coffman recently told Randy Corporon on 710 KNUS, "So I'm in favor of all those restrictions on abortion and believe that the only way that we can as a society not have abortion is if we empower women to make different choices."
Despite the attorney general's best efforts to explain to a handful of Colorado bloggers the difference between personal religious beliefs and the dutiful execution of one's Constitutional responsibilities, they continue to print false and misleading headlines.
So, let's be clear, as long as abortion is a legal option for women in the United States, the attorney general is sworn to defend a woman's difficult choice to receive one. At the very same time, choosing to have an abortion is a decision that would be morally and personally impossible for Cynthia Coffman to choose.
Both of these things are true and both exist at the very same time.
As a Republican political consultant, Roger Hudson owns and operates The Hudson Firm. He has worked as a journalist and news director for more than 20 years. He has also served as spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections, the Attorney General of Colorado and the Colorado Republican Party. Readers can contact
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