Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a pro-abortion executive order Wednesday to protect abortionists who abort unborn babies in violation of other states’ pro-life laws.
Rocky Mountain PBS reports the Democrat governor promised that he will “exercise the full extent” of his power to refuse to arrest or extradite abortionists or abortion workers in Colorado who are accused of violating pro-life laws in other states.
Colorado allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and it is a destination spot for late-term abortions. Earlier this year, Polis signed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which revokes all legal protections from unborn babies in Colorado.
Meanwhile, many neighboring states have laws that protect unborn babies from abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
Polis said he issued the executive order in response to the high court’s ruling, claiming its decision to allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again “endangers the rights and health of future generations.”
To thwart pro-life states’ efforts, Polis ordered Colorado government agencies not to share information or use resources to help investigate or prosecute abortionists who break their laws.
What’s more, he urged state agencies to “pursue opportunities” to protect abortionists and abortion workers in Colorado.
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The executive order says Colorado will not participate in any out-of-state investigations involving abortion providers or recipients, as long as the parties have followed Colorado state law.
It also directs state agencies to use their authority to protect providers and patients — and to ensure that no Colorado medical workers suffer professional sanctions here, if they are found guilty of breaking another state’s law banning abortion care.
Interestingly, Polis mentioned how Colorado is suffering from a workforce shortage while claiming that state pro-life laws hurt the economy.
“We are taking needed action to protect and defend individual freedom and protect the privacy of Coloradans,” the governor said. “This important step will ensure that Colorado’s thriving economy and workforce are not impacted based on personal health decisions that are wrongly being criminalized in other states.”
A new Bloomberg report found the opposite, that the economies in pro-life states like Texas, Florida, Arizona, Idaho and Utah are doing well, writing, “If Texas is a test for how socially conservative states will fare economically in the post-Roe world, then they’ll hold up just fine.”
And a recent U.S. Congressional report found that abortion actually hurts the economy by destroying millions of babies who otherwise would have grown up and entered the workforce.
Polis’s order is similar to those issued by a number of other pro-abortion Democrat governors in recent weeks. They include the governors in Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, Rhode Island and Washington state.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions in the U.S. The infamous ruling forced states to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allowed abortions for any reason up to birth.
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling June 24, the Supreme Court justices overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Thirteen already have done so, although some have been blocked by court orders, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states may ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.