Colorado House Committee Passes Bill for Totally Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 10, 2022   |   11:22AM   |   Denver, Colorado

Colorado House Democrats advanced a radical pro-abortion bill early Thursday morning that would deny all rights and protections to unborn babies.

After listening to 13 hours of testimony from hundreds of people, many in opposition to the bill, the state House Health and Insurance Committee voted 7-4 along party lines to send the bill to the full House for a vote, Colorado Politics reports.

State House Bill 1279 would make abortion a “fundamental right” under state law and explicitly deny rights and legal protections to any “fertilized egg, embryo or fetus.” A majority of Democrats in both chambers have co-sponsored the bill, so it appears likely to pass.

Colorado already allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and it is a destination state for late-term abortions.

House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, told the committee that the bill would just “solidify” the state’s current abortion laws, according to The Denver Post.

“We’re not making new laws. We are not making new places of access,” Esgar said. “We are simply saying we are protecting the choice and being proactive to protect a person’s choice when it comes to pregnancy.”

But Republicans expressed concerns that the bill would nullify the state parental notification law for minors and deny justice to pregnant mothers and unborn babies who are injured or killed in domestic violence or other crimes.

Former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs, slammed the legislation as the most “callous,” “barbaric” bill toward unborn babies that she has ever seen, according to Colorado Politics. She said the legislation also has a lot of “holes” that could result in a lawsuit against the state.

Many private citizens and pro-life advocates testified against the bill during the long hearing. Students from Colorado Christian University spent hours waiting patiently to ask lawmakers to protect unborn babies’ rights.

“Each person is made in the image of God,” student Emily Downs told the committee. “We want to support everyone involved in this situation: baby, mom and dad.”

Another student, Sylvie Johnson, added: “The unborn is as true and real as any born child. We have lost too many lives.”

ACTION ALERT: To oppose this radical bill, Contact Colorado House lawmakers.

Others described the bill as the most extreme pro-abortion policy in the world. According to the report, Dr. Thomas Perille, of Democrats for Life, told lawmakers: “… even North Korea and China don’t have laws like this, he said. Contrary to what many of the people on the committee might believe, he said, while most Coloradans are pro-choice, they are not pro-unrestricted abortion.”

The Colorado Catholic Conference accused Democrat lawmakers of rushing through the bill before voters realize that it would make their state “the most radical abortion state in the country.”

The bishops’ conference said the rushed vote Thursday was “intended to suppress the voices of millions of Coloradans who oppose the murder of children through abortion,” according to CNS.

“If enacted, the [bill] will codify abortion up-to-the moment of birth for any reason,” and make Colorado an “abortion destination,” the bishops said.

Democrats crafted the bill in response to the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade later this year and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. They also are angry that Texas has been allowed to enforce its heartbeat law, which protects unborn babies from abortions once their heartbeats are detectable and already has saved thousands of lives.

State Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Greenwood Village, one of the lead sponsors of the bill, claimed that, because of the Supreme Court and states like Texas, women’s rights are under attack.

“This is about our right to make private medical decisions,” Froelich said. “This is ensuring access and affirms that people have the right to control their own bodies.”

But state Rep. Mark Baisley, R-Colorado Springs, told Froelich that her bill would “remove the rights of one segment of humanity,” babies in the womb, the Post reports.

“And I don’t think we have the right, the position. I kind of hope that no legislature does,” Baisley said.

The Centennial Institute plans to hold a pro-life rally to oppose the bill at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol.

According to the institute, the bill will:

  • Ban the state of Colorado from providing any rights to preborn children
  • Bans parental notification or age restrictions on abortion
  • Invalidates all existing and future local abortion restrictions
  • Bans common-sense health restrictions on abortion, like requiring women to consult with a doctor before taking abortion pills
  • Bans options to prevent abortions based on sex, race, or disability

Colorado is very liberal politically, and pro-life advocates have had a difficult time passing any pro-life laws there. Even fetal homicide laws to punish criminals who kill unborn babies in situations unrelated to abortion have been rejected repeatedly by the state legislature.

Colorado is one of the few states with no limits on abortions, and abortionists there openly advertise abortions in the third trimester. In 2020, state voters rejected a ballot measure that would have protected viable, pain-capable unborn babies by banning late-term abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy.

ACTION ALERT: To oppose this radical bill, Contact Colorado House lawmakers.