An eight-minute segment on Monday night reached a turning point when CNN host Erin Burnett exclaimed: “That baby was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. He was going to be born in a couple of days. How could you not define that as a person? That is a viable life.”
Burnett covered the story of Heather Surovik, who was days away from giving birth to her son, Brady. She was returning from her final prenatal checkup when a drunk driver on his fifth DUI smashed into her car. Although Heather and her other family members survived, Brady did not. Since Colorado law does not recognize pre-born children as persons, state prosecutors could charge the drunk driver only with destroying Heather’s vehicle, not with Brady’s death.
The Surovik case is one of many similar Colorado cases, such as the death of an unborn baby at the Aurora theater shooting. During the segment, Burnett also covered a recent medical malpractice case against Catholic Health Initiatives, which denied compensation to a widower who lost his unborn twins because they were not considered persons. In all these cases, justice was denied, and each family’s loss was belittled.
Immediately after Democrats and Planned Parenthood representatives quashed an abortion-neutral bill in the Colorado legislature to make fetal homicide a crime, Heather Surovik joined Personhood Colorado and Colorado Right to Life to file for an amendment to the state constitution. Once approved, a signature campaign to put The Brady Project on the ballot will commence.
After interviewing Heather and her mom, Erin Burnett was convinced that Brady should have been considered a person under Colorado law. So why has Colorado’s Democratic-controlled legislature shot down previous fetal homicide bills that would have protected him? Because admitting that killing Brady was a criminal offense puts the dishonest abortion narrative in jeopardy.