Colorado Bill Would Declare Fundamental “Right” to Abortion, Prevent Any Pro-Life Legislation

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 14, 2014   |   6:02PM    Washington, DC

With pro-abortion Democrats controlling the Colorado state legislature and the governor’s office, abortion activists are pushing what pro-life groups are calling the most radically pro-abortion legislation in the state’s history.

Colorado Family Action has alerted its members about SB 175, that it says pro-life advocates need to steadfastly oppose.

colopic2“This is a radical bill that would create a “fundamental right” to abortion among other things defined as “reproductive healthcare” in this bill,” the group says. “No Colorado State governmental body at any level would be able to enact a policy that “denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decision.”

“SB 175 is an extreme piece of legislation that would have a destructive impact on Colorado’s ability to limit or regulate abortion and other items defined as “reproductive healthcare” in this bill,” CFA goes on to say.

Colorado Family Action says the legislation has the potential to eliminate a broad range of laws including: parental notification laws, parental involvement laws, laws promoting maternal health, government programs and facilities that pay for or promote childbirth and other health care without subsidizing abortion, conscience protections laws, laws requiring that abortion only be performed by a licensed physician, laws regulating school health clinics, laws concerning abstinence education, laws affecting pregnancy centers and so on. When passed in other states, these sorts of laws have been proven to reduce the number of abortions to historic lows.

The group Pro-Life of Southern Colorado is also strongly opposing the measure touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act.”

“This over-reaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again. More than that, it enshrines the “right to abortion” into Colorado law. It’s being praised by anti-life organizations such as NARAL and ThinkProgress as “the first of its kind” in the country and “ambitious.” It enshrines the culture of death into law and ignores science,” the organization says.

“This bill would prevent lawmakers from enacting laws such as ultrasound requirements, which we all know—particularly from the work of the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative here in Colorado—have done so much to give mothers vital information about their pregnancy, and thus save countless children from imminent death,” Pro-Life of Southern Colorado laments. “It prevents common sense regulations like waiting periods, restrictions on abortion pills (particularly for minors), and parental notification policies. Advocates of this bill seek the absolute “right to abortion” for girls as young as 10 or 11 without a parent’s knowledge, guidance or advice. Parents are seen as unfit in the moral guidance of their children.”

This bill would also eliminate abortion clinic health code regulations, which pro-abortion advocates label as “burdensome.”

“Remember Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, and the horrific images and stories of women nearly dying on the abortionist’s table? That is what an unregulated abortion clinic looks like! This bill is not good for the women and girls of Colorado,” the group concludes.

ACTION: Contact your members of the Colorado Senate and urge them to OPPOSE SB 175. Go to https://www.coloradoaction.org/senate/