The CO codifies the “fundamental right to abortion” and denies the rights of unborn children

Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation Monday that guarantees the so-called “fundamental right to abortion” and denies all rights to unborn children at any stage of development.

Colorado Democrats created the Reproductive Health Equity Act in direct response to a case currently being decided by the Supreme Court regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is the most important challenge for decades for the Court of 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, which declared that abortion was protected by the US Constitution.

Roe vs. Wade has been eroded over the past few years,” Polis said before signing the bill. “Roe vs. Wade has been weakened and many legal experts conclude that it is probably only a matter of time until federal protections at the Supreme Court simply cease to exist. We in Colorado just don’t want to take that risk.

Text of legislation says access to abortion and ‘reproductive health care’ is ‘under attack nationwide’, and insists there are ‘social, moral and economic benefits’ when people are allowed to end the lives of their unborn children. The bill also proudly touts Colorado’s history of becoming the first state to decriminalize abortion in 1967, before Roe vs. Wade.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis speaks before signing into law the Reproductive Health Equity Act during a ceremony outside the governor’s mansion, Monday, April 4, 2022, in Denver. The bill’s sponsors, Sen. Julie Gonzalez, far right, Rep. Meg Froelich, center, and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar watch the signing with guests and other lawmakers . (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

While Colorado had no time restrictions on abortions before the law, “it didn’t have any guarantees either,” said the Denver Post reported. The new law contains no language related to time restrictions on abortions, meaning Colorado allows abortions up to birth.

“A pregnant person has the fundamental right to continue her pregnancy and to give birth or to have an abortion and to make decisions on how to access this right”, specifies the bill, in particular replacing the word “woman ” by “individual” even if only women can bare children.

The legislation continues, adding that unborn children at any stage of development have no rights under state law.

“A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus has no independent or derivative rights under the laws of this state,” the bill says.

The legislation prohibits any public entity from denying, restricting, interfering with or discriminating against “an individual’s fundamental right” to abortion and other forms of “reproductive health” and nullifies laws, ordinances and local policies. Colorado joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia in codifying abortion.

In his signing statement, Polis said the bill “simply codifies existing state protections” and said the law does not change the current legal framework for parental notification and “ensures [s]“No one is forced to perform or to have an abortion ‘against their will or conscience’.

The bill’s sponsor, House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, asserted before the bill passed that the state “protects women and the people…”. The bill was reportedly debated for at least 24 hours before it was passed.

“It’s more important than ever for all of Colorado to make sure we protect women and people who choose to be pregnant or choose not to be pregnant in this great state,” Esgar said, according to the To post.

When the state Senate passed the bill in late March, GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown called it “a dark day for the Colorado Democratic Party and every individual who respects the sanctity of life,” adding, “If Jared Polis decides to sign this extreme abortion bill, he will put abortion laws of Colorado tied with China and North Korea,” pro-life organization Live Action reported.

Live Action government affairs director Noah Brandt criticized the bill, saying it fails to emphasize doctors’ liability if a child is delivered alive during an abortion.

“Under the rules proposed by this bill, if a child is delivered alive during an abortion, doctors are not legally bound to provide standard medical care as they would in any other circumstance and attempt preserve the child’s life,” Brandt said. noted.“Caregivers listened to the mother’s instructions. which could include failing to provide vital medical care to the child, which would result in the death of the child, which most reasonable people would consider infanticide.

“Besides all-out war against children in utero, because it defines abortion as a right, the law could also be used to try to force medical professionals to perform or participate in abortions. There is no conscience protection in the law,” Live Action founder Lila Rose wrote in a tweet.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) called the bill “absolutely abhorrent” and “an attack on the unborn.”

“Jared Polis has just signed a bill that allows abortion on demand during the 40 weeks of pregnancy. This bill is absolutely odious and an attack on the unborn child. Simply put, it is pure evil,” the MP wrote.

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.


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