Colorado’s Democratic Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law on Monday, April 4 that allows for the elimination of life in the womb up to the moment of birth and will penalize anyone who attempts to prevent it.
Through Bill 1279, signed by the governor, under the name Reproductive Health Equity Act, the state of Colorado would allow abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy and prohibit regulations on abortions.
Such legislation passed the Democratic-majority Colorado House and Senate last month.
“In the State of Colorado, the serious decision to start or end a pregnancy with medical assistance will remain between a person, their doctor, and their faith,” Polis said in a statement Monday, CNN noted.
“Colorado can now thankfully continue to assure individuals that their intimate right to choose how and whether to proceed with family planning and pregnancy is protected at the state level,” he added.
The legislation states that “Every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception. Every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion.” Furthermore, a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.”
It further provides that “denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right” to abortion shall be unlawful in Colorado. Depriving a person “by prosecution, punishment, or other means” of the right to abortion is also prohibited.
The founder and president of the anti-abortion organization Live Action, Lila Grace Rose, tweeted about the new legislation, expressing her rejection of what the law establishes.
“In addition to the all-out war on children in the womb because it defines abortion as a right, the law could also be used to try to force medical professionals to commit or participate in abortions. There are zero conscience protections in the law,” she wrote.
While former Colorado Republican House Majority Leader Amy Stephens said, according to the Denver Gazette, “In all my years in the legislature and since, this is the most barbaric bill I have seen—ever.”
Meanwhile, the states of Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arizona have moved in the opposite direction from Colorado, making abortions illegal after 15 weeks.
More recently, Idaho pushed for more rigid restrictions, establishing a ban starting at six weeks, becoming the first bill enacted this year that mimics the Texas abortion law.
As of Sept. 1, 2021, Texas decreed abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Under the so-called “Heartbeat Law,” that can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy.”
On the other hand, pro-lifers keep their eyes on the Court, hoping that abortion will be outlawed.
The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, and its ruling could end Roe v. Wade. This controversial ruling legalized abortion throughout the United States in 1973.