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Anti-Abortion Senate Candidate Touts Her Gender as Asset

Jan 21, 2014 | Updated Mar 23, 2014

In an article last week, The Denver Post's Kurtis Lee reports Rep. Amy Stephens' response to Ken Buck's comment Monday comparing pregnancy with cancer:

"It's Ken again being Ken," Stephens, who is among several Republicans vying to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, insisted Thursday. "Just like in 2010, we have high-heels comments, we have alcoholism and homosexuality, now we've got cancer and pregnancy." Buck in 2010 was the nominee for U.S. Senate against Democrat Michael Bennet. His statement on "Meet the Press" comparing homosexuality to alcoholism was considered the turning point in a campaign he had been expected to win.

Before telling Lee about "Ken again being Ken," Stephens, who's battling Buck to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in November, was on KNUS' Dan Caplis Show Wed., where she made her opinion of Buck's candidacy even more clear, saying she does not believe Colorado Republicans will unify around Buck if he wins the nomination, and saying, based on what Buck's offered so far, it would be the "definition of insanity" to run Buck again.

Stephens @10 min: I am not convinced Ken has given us an argument as to why we should go down this path again. And I call the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over with the same results. ...

I also believe nationally, and I have heard this in my travels, that there is not going to be -- You know, when somebody wins a primary, people rally, come around. The party goes, whatever. I do not believe that's going to happen should Ken be the nominee. I do believe this would happen should I become the nominee, because I think there will be a lot more interest in this race and a lot more support. [BigMedia emphasis]

On the radio, Stephens went on to say that she'd be better able to "take on Sen. Udall on issues that they normally love to hit our men with, and I think as a woman, I have a very strong voice to speak about."

But as Caplis should have pointed out, Stephens' anti-abortion record, including ten years on the staff of Focus on the Family, sets herself up for the same criticism Buck has faced.

Stephens voted in favor of last year's version of an anti-abortion bill that's under consideration again this year in the Legislature. (This year's bill has the exact same summary as last year's.)

In his article about Buck's pregnancy-cancer comment, The Denver Post's Lee pointed out that Buck and Stephens both "oppose abortion." He also reported that Buck's wife, Perry Buck, is a co-sponsor of this year's abortion-ban bill, sponsored once again by Rep. Stephen Humphrey, but Lee did not include the fact that that Stephens voted for it last year. In 2012, she also supported a Colorado Right to Life-backed"fetal homicide" bill that could have banned abortion in Colorado.

Asked by Caplis directly whether she thought she had an advantage as a woman in her Senate bid, Stephens cited her position on "the life issue," saying:

Stephens: "I do. I actually do, because of the time and the year in which were are, and because of the issues that Democrats bring up. I think I have a unique ability to speak to that. I have a unique ability to speak to the life issue and/or family and other issues such as health care, public safety, all the things I've advocated for. So, yes, I do. In this election, I think it's going to matter."

But it looks like Buck's and Stephens' extreme records on abortion are about the same.