Colorado joined several other states on Monday to codify the right to abortion in law, a party-line response to efforts across the country.In anticipation of a pending Landmark is a challenge to the 1973 Rowe v. Wade decision that barred states from banning abortion.
Governor Jared Polis has signed into law the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which was passed by the Democratic-led legislature after hours of witnessing by residents and fierce opposition from minority Republicans. The law guarantees access to reproductive care before and after pregnancy and prohibits local governments from imposing their own restrictions.
It further declares that fertilized eggs, embryos and embryos have no independent rights – a response to a failed ballot initiative that seeks to restrict abortion with the rights of the fetus. In 2014, voters rejected a proposal to add strangers to the state’s criminal code, allowing prosecutors to prosecute anyone who commits feticide.
“Colorado was, is, and will be a desirable state,” police said, calling abortion bans elsewhere “a massive government violation, a massive government violation of private rights.” “No matter what the Supreme Court does in the future, the people of Colorado will be able to choose when and if they have children.”
Colorado was the first state to criminalize abortion for the most part in 1967, and it allowed access to abortion but there was nothing in state law to guarantee it. New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont have previously codified the right to abortion during pregnancy, according to the Gutmachar Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
Republicans will still be able to legislate and introduce the ballot system to overturn the new law. For that reason, abortion rights groups are weighing in on the 2024 constitutional ballot measure, much like Nevada did in the 1990s.
Colorado Democrats have cited the Mississippi High Court’s ruling in a lawsuit that could overturn Rowe v. Wade, as well as a new Texas law banning abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. If the rocks were completely overturned, at least 26 states would either ban direct abortions or severely restrict access, the Gutmachar Institute says.
“We never want to see what’s happening in Texas in Colorado,” said House Majority Leader Republican Dania Esgar, who sponsors Colorado law.
IdahoA law made in imitation of the Texas Act. Missouri lawmakers have introduced a bill to make it illegal for state residents to have abortions in other states. The Arizona legislature approved a ban on abortion after 15 weeks, and like other states, there is a law that would automatically ban abortion if Rock repeals it.
In California, Democratic leaders are considering more than a dozen bills this year in preparation for the row reversal. Governor. Gavin Newsom signed a law last month to make abortion cheaper for people in personal insurance plans. The state of Washington has enacted a law prohibiting legal action against those who aided or aborted abortions, allowing people to sue abortionists or those who assisted them in response to provisions of Texas law.