Under pressure from Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Democrats have withdrawn legislation in Colorado that would have proactively stopped government entities from blocking women’s reproductive health decisions.
Tennessee lawmakers proposed a dangerous new law that allows for prosecuting pregnant people, as a South Carolina woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly killing her infant while breastfeeding.
In what could be a national model for states aiming to curb local restrictions on abortion, legislation is moving through the Colorado legislature that would establish fundamental rights of privacy and freedom to make decisions about reproductive health.
Days after Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, dropped his longstanding support of the amendment, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who also had long supported the measure, backed off it as well.
As expected, a bill banning most abortions in Colorado was killed in the state legislature Tuesday. The state house majority leader, a Democrat, called the Republican house majority leader’s sponsorship of the anti-choice legislation a move to “pander to the right wing of their party.”
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ruled Wednesday it lacks the authority to investigate a complaint, filed by the ACLU of Colorado, alleging that a rural hospital illegally mandated a staff doctor not to discuss abortion with patients.
Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.
Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced legislation in Colorado that defines life as beginning at conception, reflecting “personhood” ballot initiatives defeated overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2010.
On Denver radio, Buck, the leading Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate race in Colorado, compared the “feeling” he had of wanting to be in control of his body during his bout with cancer with the desire of women to make a decision about whether to have an abortion. The difference, he said, is the “life of the unborn child.”
A Colorado cardiologist says “everyone is acting in a very adult and mature manner” since the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a complaint in November alleging that a rural Catholic hospital illegally prohibits doctors from discussing abortion with their patients.