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Colorado joins 15 other states in enshrining abortion rights into state law: NPR


The Colorado State Capitol in Denver is pictured here in January. This week, Governor Jared Polis signed a bill enshrining the right to abortion into state law.

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Colorado joins 15 other states in enshrining abortion rights into state law: NPR

The Colorado State Capitol in Denver is pictured here in January. This week, Governor Jared Polis signed a bill enshrining the right to abortion into state law.

David Zalubowski/AP

Colorado just passed a law that enshrines the right to have an abortion in the state, the latest left-wing state to take steps to protect reproductive rights as the practice faces renewed efforts by conservatives to curtail its access.

The so-called Reproductive Health Equity Act affirms that pregnant women in Colorado have the right to continue a pregnancy and to deliver or have an abortion, and it prevents public entities from denying or restricting this law.

“In the State of Colorado, the serious decision whether to begin or end a pregnancy with medical assistance will remain between a person, their doctor and their faith,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement after signing the bill. law Monday.

“This bill simply maintains the status quo regardless of what happens at the federal level and preserves all existing constitutional rights and obligations,” he added.

Colorado joins 15 other states and Washington, DC, in codifying the right to have an abortion before fetal viability or throughout a pregnancy into state law.

Blue states have rushed to enact such laws as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion outlined in the Roe vs. Wade decision. The current tribunal is more conservative than previous tribunals that faced similar challenges.

At the same time, conservative legislatures from Florida to Oklahoma to Kentucky have passed bills that further restrict abortion.

Colorado officials are bracing for the possibility that new state abortion protections will mean residents of neighboring states facing strict restrictions on the practice will come to Colorado for care.


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