1967 – Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians

On April 25, 1967, Colorado became the first state to allow abortion for reasons other than rape or an imminent threat to a woman’s health. The bill passed a Republican-controlled Legislature with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Republican Gov. John Love despite strong objections from many constituents.

On the 50th anniversary (April 25, 2017) of the bill becoming law, the AP is republished a version of its story.

April 25, 1967

Gov. John A. Love said his decision to sign a bill liberalizing Colorado’s abortion laws was “one of the more important and difficult decisions of my experience in office.”

The governor said before signing the bill Tuesday his mail ran to about 5,000 letters and telegrams — “about 2,600 against and about 2,400 for the bill.”

Love said “the bill itself is completely permissive, not requiring any hospital, doctor, nurse, potential mother or any other person to act in any way to terminate a pregnancy at any time.”

For the complete article … go to gazette.com