Colorado’s New Abortion Law – Everything You Need to Know

Do you know where the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade has left Colorado?

The recent federal Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade has left abortion laws up to individual states. While waiting for a decision, Colorado legislators moved swiftly to strengthen the already liberal abortion laws and introduced The Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) or HB22-1279 on March 3, 2022.

In Colorado, pro-abortion legislators passed the RHEA, which codifies a person’s
fundamental right to abortion access by the state’s constitution. The bill was signed into law by Governor Polis on April 4, 2022.

Here’s everything you need to know about Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA)…

How is this bill related to Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade was a landmark 1973 decision that ruled abortion as a constitutional right. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman’s choice to have an abortion outweighs the state’s concern for prenatal life up until the “point of viability”, or the point when a fetus can survive outside the womb (in 1973, this was determined to be 24-28 weeks).

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In more pro-life states, laws are being passed to limit abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. But in Colorado, lawmakers moved quickly to protect and extend already liberal abortion rights.

What are Colorado’s existing abortion laws?

In Colorado, abortion is now a protected right at all stages of pregnancy. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) is concerning for various reasons but the language stating “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state” takes away all protections of the preborn. The bill holds many implications for those of us who believe in the scientific truth that life begins at conception.

How are Colorado laws affected by the overturn of Roe v. Wade?

The Supreme Court revoked its 1973 ruling that abortion is a constitutional right, regardless of state law. The battle for rights has been returned to each state.

In Colorado, this means that abortion is still considered a constitutional right at all stages of pregnancy. It is more important than ever to provide care and support for pregnant moms so that they can choose life. Studies show that if abortion is not available, many choose life rather than seek an abortion, providing an excellent opportunity for pregnancy centers support these women.

What happens now?

What does this mean to the work of Alternatives? Good question. It can feel like we are fighting an uphill battle. However, we know the TRUTH that women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy decision need help and support – no matter the political landscape. In addition to increased needs in Colorado, it is expected that many will travel to Colorado for abortion access from neighboring states.

Women need to find Alternatives before they visit an abortion clinic. They need to know there is support, education and resources available so they do not have to choose between their career and the life of their unborn! The programs and services of Alternatives are needed now more than ever.

How is Alternatives involved?

Alternatives Executive Director, Linda Pace Saccomano joined over 350 pro-life advocates who testified in opposition to the legislation in front of the House Health & Insurance Committee on March 9. Linda then spoke to a rally on the State Capitol steps where hundreds of people who support women, men and the pre-born gathered to make their voices heard.

What does this mean to the work of Alternatives? Good question. It can feel like we are fighting an uphill battle. However, we know the TRUTH that women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy decision need help and support – no matter the political landscape. The programs and services of Alternatives are needed now more than ever. Women need to find Alternatives before they visit an abortion clinic. They need to know there is support, education and resources available so they do not have to choose between their career and the life of their unborn!

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Alternatives Pregnancy Center cares for Denver-area women and men in pregnancy-related crisis and offers them a meaningful alternative to abortion.