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Fact Check: Bennet Attacks Buck on Abortion Issue

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

As Election Day approaches, the political attack ads roll out in force. KKTV 11 News is on your side, so we're fact checking those ads.

The first in our series is an ad by Senator Michael Bennet's campaign. The TV spot goes after Republican Ken Buck and his stance on abortion issues.

It's just one of several ads that Bennet has approved for this campaign season. The senator is calling on the help of an OB-GYN from Denver.

"I try to protect the health of women, that's what I do, that's why I'm very disturbed by Ken Buck," said Dr. Eliza Buyers.

That’s where the ad gets tricky. Dr. Buyers opposes Amendment 62, which defines life as "beginning at the start of biological development," or essentially conception.

"Ken Buck would ban common forms of birth control," Dr. Buyers said in the ad.

Dr. Buyers, and ultimately Sen. Bennet, paint Buck as being a radical when it comes to women's reproductive rights. They both said Buck supports this amendment. But the ad is slightly off; Ken Buck has no stance on 62, according to his campaign office. He did originally, then he changed his mind. 11 News asked the Buck camp about this flip flop, they said the confusion with 62 has to do with "the pill" and how this common form of birth control works.

In some cases it would prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. This is something hard-line pro-life supporters consider a form of abortion.

Ken Buck is for the use of "the pill" but he is firmly against abortion, and therein lies the problem.

"Ken Buck wants to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest," Dr. Buyers said in the ad.

The Buck campaign told 11 News as a senator Ken Buck would want to ban abortions. They said he would leave room for one exception, when the mother's life is in danger.

Buck's also said this entire ad is a desperate move by a desperate candidate. Recent polls have Bennet, the incumbent Senator, trailing behind his grassroots opponent.

Buck is taking no stance on state ballot issues. His people said he's focused on the economy, which is an issue democrats are struggling with.


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