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Colorado Senate, House votes in favor of militantly pro-abortion law. Governor promises to sign “Reproductive Health Equity Act” 

by | Mar 24, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

With pro-abortion Democrats comfortably in charge of the legislature, there was little doubt another bill purporting to “codify” Roe v. Wade would pass. On a strict party line vote, HB2-1279– the “Reproductive Health Equity Act”—passed the penultimate stage when the Colorado Senate voted 20-15 in favor. The bill passed the House on a vote of 40-24 on March 14.

Gov. Jared Polis said he will sign the bill.

“Governor Polis is for women’s freedom to make their own healthcare decisions and he is looking forward to signing this bill and ensuring Coloradans never have to worry about government taking away their rights regardless of whatever could happen at the Supreme Court,” spokesman Conor Cahill said.

The legislation is radical on its face. According to Julie Asher of the Catholic News Service  the bill would

— Allow abortion based on discrimination of sex, race or children with disabilities such as Down syndrome.

— Remove the requirement that parents of minors be notified if their minor receives an abortion.

— Enshrine in law that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws” of Colorado.

— Prohibit any regulation of abortion based on concerns regarding the health of the woman or baby.

The Denver Post’s Saja Hindi predicted much the same dreadful outcome:

The legislation would enshrine the right to abortions and other reproductive care before and after pregnancy, and it would ban local and state governments from interfering in that care. It would also prevent a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus from having independent rights under state law. [Underlining added.]

GOP Sen. Paul Lundeen argued “that the proposed law would go beyond Roe and expand access to abortion, rather than just codifying what’s already occurring,” Hindi reported.

“It is dramatically broader, it’s much more broad,” he said. “It is sweeping in its nature. It expands significantly the threat to an egg, embryo, fetus, baby, child. It changes the bar in some significant ways.”

Sen. Bob Gardner said, “[T]he passage of this bill means the state has chosen to provide no protection to a baby prior to birth and the moral value of the child is dependent on whether they’re wanted or not.

“…this bill and everything that it represents, by providing no protection whatsoever to the unborn, legitimizes the dangerous notion that ending another’s life is morally acceptable as an answer to human suffering at any stage, at any time.”

As discussed yesterday, Colorado is home to Warren Hern, the infamous late, late-term abortionist. “Any discussion of abortions based on disability in Colorado wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Warren Hern, an abortionist who has been active in Boulder, Colorado since 1975, and publicly accepts patients seeking late-term abortions from anywhere in the world,” Jonah McKeown McKeown writes.

“Self-reported statistics show that Hern’s clinic performed hundreds of abortions between 1992-2012 on women who were at or past 24 weeks pregnant, including several performed on women between 38 and 39 weeks gestation. Nearly 240 of those late-term abortions were performed on babies with Down syndrome.” 

Democrats were determined to leave no stone unturned. Democratic lawmakers “have acknowledged that a future legislature could potentially overturn their law, so activists plan to ask Colorado voters to approve a constitutional amendment in 2024 to protect abortion access.”

Categories: State Legislation