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In the latest ghoulish iteration of leftism, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill into law that allows for abortions up to birth and seemingly has zero restrictions in its language.
An initial report from Bloomberg said the ceremony in Denver on Monday included Polis’s statement that “a woman’s reproductive rights” had been reaffirmed by the new law. Of course, nowhere in the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights is it enumerated that women have the right to abortions, though the Left continually paints it that way.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act appears to be an attempt to get out in front of the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that Justice Clarence Thomas himself maintains was wrongly decided and exists “without a shred of support” from the U.S. Constitution. His comments were part of his dissent in the ruling of a Louisiana law struck down by the four liberal justices – who were joined true-to-form by Chief Justice John Roberts – that required doctors performing abortions to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, BPR reported in 2020.
The law denies rights and protections for any “fertilized egg, embryo or fetus” up to birth, but declares abortion to be a “fundamental right” under state law. It also prevents the banning of abortions through local city ordinances, as has been achieved in other states such as Texas, according to LifeNews.
The most disquieting part of the bill, pro-lifers in the state say, is the removal of any requirement that parents of minors be notified by clinic personnel if a youth is seeking an abortion.
A culture that commits this kind of heinous, pure, unadulterated evil on the most innocent and helpless – the unborn, will not survive.
We are a deeply sick people.
What kind of world accepts aborting a baby through all 9 months and the moment of birth?
God help all us all. https://t.co/B2aYXPN0Hq
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 5, 2022
Lawmakers fought heavily over House Bill 1279, but Republicans did not get the votes to block it in the Democrat-majority state legislature. Pro-life, Republican, evangelical Christian and Catholic organizations all rallied in their attempts to stop the bill from moving forward, including Catholic Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver who testified in a state Senate hearing on the matter.
“We take the gift of life seriously because each human being is a unique creation of God the Father,” Aquila said. “… The government’s only duty and task is to recognize the right to life and to protect life, if it is truly a just government.”
Students from Colorado Christian University also testified against the passage of the bill at a state House committee hearing in March.
“Each person is made in the image of God,” student Emily Downs told the committee. “We want to support everyone involved in this situation: baby, mom and dad.”
According to the Colorado Catholic Conference, the law:
- Allows on-demand abortion for the full 40 weeks of pregnancy;
- Allows abortion discrimination based on sex, race, or disability;
- Could remove the parent notification requirement if their minor has an abortion;
- Enshrines in law that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under” state law;
- Prohibits regulation of abortion based on the health of the woman or her baby
As a very liberal – some might say radically left – state, Colorado’s political landscape has made it extraordinarily difficult for any pro-life legislation to pass, and it has boasted in the past that abortions are allowed through the third trimester.
Voters in the state have previously rejected bills put forth that would punish criminals who murder unborn babies – by accident or not – in cases unrelated to an actual abortion. They also rejected a 2020 bill that would have banned late-term abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy and could have protected “viable, pain-capable” fetuses, LifeNews reported.
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