Colorado Governor Signs Bill Establishing Abortion Access As A Constitutional “Right”

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On Monday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill that established the constitutional “right” to abortion in the state after the state Senate passed the legislation in late March.

This is the latest move on the part of pro-abortion state governments seeking to get ahead of the Supreme Court’s possible weakening or overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision which effectively legalized abortion in the United States, while considering a Mississippi abortion law.

“No matter what the Supreme Court does in the future, people in Colorado will be able to choose when and if they have children,” Polis said as he signed the bill. “We want to make sure that our state is a place where everyone can live and work and thrive and raise a family on their own terms.”

Live Action reported that the bill ensures that no government entity in Colorado can “deny, restrict, interfere with or discriminate against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion.”

They note that some legal groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice, are raising the alarm that this section could be used to force medical practitioners into performing abortions so as not to “discriminate” against abortion-seeking women.

Language surrounding a woman’s choice when it comes to “pregnancy outcomes” also raises concerns that the bill’s protections could be applied to terminating the lives of babies who have already been born, as well.

“Under the rules proposed by this bill, if a child is delivered alive during an abortion the doctors are under no legal compulsion to provide standard medical care as they would in any other circumstance and attempt to preserve the child’s life,” Live Action’s Director of Government Affairs, Noah Brandt, noted.

“Medical providers would listen to the mother’s instructions. which could include not providing life-sustaining medical care to the child, which would lead to the child’s death, which most reasonable people would consider infanticide.”

In California, where legislators and Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration aim to make the Golden State an “abortion sanctuary,” a bill was recently introduced which appears to shield anyone involved in an abortion, whether or not they are licensed to perform the procedure, from criminal and civil penalties, protections which also appear to apply to those involved in the deaths of “perinatal” babies, which could include newborns.

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