The Colorado State Legislature is about to take a big step towards advancing reproductive health equality. A bill called the Reproductive Health Equity Act (HRHEA) is on its way to becoming law. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Julie Gonzales and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar. It declares that every person has the fundamental right to get an abortion or use contraception. It was passed on March 23 and is now on its way to the governor’s desk.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB1279) would legally enshrine the right to an abortion into state law. It passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature and will now head to the governor’s desk. Polis has said he plans to sign it. In addition to its passing, the bill has gained a significant amount of support from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Her donation will allow Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to provide abortion services to people in other states.
However, the bill has not received a unified response from the pro-life community. Colorado Right to Life, a pro-life organization, has called on its supporters to prepare their arguments. The group supports limiting abortion to a certain gestational week and has emphasized the importance of keeping the right to abortion within the state constitution.
The bill is currently in committee in the state Capitol, and it will require a committee hearing. During the hearing, many people will testify against it. It is important that we encourage our elected representatives to vote against the bill. If it passes, the bill will take effect the next year.
Pro-abortion activists are pushing for a quick vote on the bill, citing the possibility of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which may overturn Roe v. Wade and essentially allow states to regulate abortion. However, the pro-abortion lobby fears this decision could be a prelude to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and all other abortion laws.
Colorado has a long history of abortion laws, but they did not enshrined guaranteed access. However, the Reproductive Health Equity Act will help women in the state receive a legal right to an abortion. It will also protect the rights of unborn babies, embryos and fetuses.
HB22-1047 would have prohibited most abortions in Colorado. There would have been some exceptions, such as incest and rape. Under the law, doctors would be criminally liable for performing illegal abortions. Under the bill, abortion would be legal only if it is to save the life of the mother or child. However, it would not have prohibited accidental abortions that may happen due to chemotherapy or other treatments.
Another important aspect of HB22-1047 is that it defines a person to include the unborn child at all stages of gestation. Furthermore, the bill makes it a crime to assault or kill an unborn child. The bill also requires that schools that teach comprehensive human sexuality include a five-minute high-definition ultrasound video demonstration of human development.
The bill is sponsored by Democrat Daneya Esgar and is supported by state Rep. Julie Gonzales of Denver. In a press conference held in December, the lawmakers announced that they will run the legislation. If passed, the bill will state that access to abortion is a fundamental right of Coloradans. Further, it will also state that government should not interfere with an individual’s right to have an abortion.
The bill is also opposed by the Colorado Catholic Conference, which lobbys on behalf of the Catholic Church. Other groups opposed to the bill include the Centennial Institute, a conservative think tank at Colorado Christian University. A nonprofit organization called Save the Storks, a pro-life organization based in Colorado Springs, also opposes the bill.
While abortion has been legal in Colorado for decades, the right to access abortion had not been codified in state law. In April 2022, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1279, codifying the rights of women, including those of embryos and fetuses. It was passed by a vote of 20-15 along party lines.
The bill’s sponsors chose to have the pro-life testify first, which meant those opposed to the bill had to wait almost four hours after the committee’s start time. One of those who spoke against the bill was cut off by Committee member Rep. Chris Kennedy after a scathing comment. The opposing person went on to call the lawmakers hypocrites and murderers.
Another bill, SB22-1047, requires Colorado courts to publish their decisions online. It also calls for the creation of an independent office in the Judicial Department called the Office of Judicial Discipline. This office would investigate allegations of misconduct against judges and justices within the Judicial Department. The office would also support the operations of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline. The commission would have to prepare an annual report and budget.
In a recent signing ceremony, Governor Jared Polis signed five bills into law, including the Reproductive Health Equity Act. The legislation prohibits discrimination and promotes equal access to healthcare, birth control, and abortion. Among other provisions, it defines “person” to include an unborn child in all stages of development. Moreover, it requires schools that offer human sexuality education to include a five-minute, high-definition ultrasound video demonstration of the stages of human development.
The bill aims to provide equal access to reproductive health care for all Coloradans, particularly women of color. It also protects women’s right to self-determination and bodily autonomy and protects marginalized communities. Witnesses during the hearing emphasized the importance of the bill for people from minority groups, including people of African descent and Native American backgrounds. Others invoked their faith and Christian beliefs to support the bill.
HB22-1075, sponsored by Englewood Democrat Rep. Meg Froelich, is a bill aimed at protecting Colorado women’s reproductive health rights. It would also ban gestational restrictions on abortions. Unlike the bill’s Florida counterpart, Colorado will not allow state or local governments to restrict access to abortion.
Proponents of the bill say it will prevent discrimination and make women’s reproductive health more affordable. It has already been made a federal holiday in Colorado, but employers are not required to recognize the date. Despite the positive benefits, it has some shortcomings. Its wording is not clear enough and often makes it difficult to understand.
HB22-1075 would codify a fundamental right to abortion in Colorado law. It is being led by three Democratic representatives and has broad support among the Democratic Party. It passed the Senate by a vote of 20-15 along party lines. As a result, the bill is poised to advance to the full House for a vote. If passed, it will become law in Colorado on April 4, 2022.
Despite the passage of RHEA, HB22-1075 would have made Colorado one of the states with the strictest abortion laws. It would have banned abortion in Colorado with no exceptions, criminalized miscarriages, and set up a registry for women who undergo abortions. The legislation also would have allowed private lawsuits against abortion providers and patients.
The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, allowing it to move forward to the full house for consideration. It will help women and families in Colorado who have been discriminated against due to their race or gender. Abortion is an important right, but it is not always protected by the law. The Reproductive Health Equity Act will prevent discrimination and ensure that women and babies have equal access to reproductive health care.