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Catholic leaders say bill could make Colorado ‘most radical abortion state’

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DENVER — The Colorado Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, has issued an action alert calling on pro-life supporters to make known their objections to a bill it says will “could make Colorado the most radical abortion state in the nation.”

The conference also noted that the measure, the Reproductive Health Equity Act, was “rushed to a committee hearing” on March 9.

The rushed hearing “is intended to quell the voices of millions of Coloradans who oppose the killing of children through abortion,” the conference said. “If enacted, RHEA will codify (into state law) abortion up to the time of birth for any reason.”

It would allow :

— Abortion on demand during the 40 complete weeks of pregnancy.

— Abortion based on discrimination based on sex, race or children with disabilities such as Down syndrome.

— Remove the obligation to inform the parents of minors if their minor has an abortion.

– Enshrine in law that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus has no independent or derivative rights under the laws” of Colorado.

— Prohibit any regulation of abortion based on concerns about the health of the woman or baby.

Three Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Julie Gonzales, Rep. Meg Froelich and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar — co-sponsored the bill, also known as HB 22-1279.

At a rally outside the State Capitol in early December, Gonzales said it was time “to make sure Colorado is truly a legal and safe place for anyone seeking to access their right to reproductive care. “.

In a statement posted with its Alert to Action on its website, https://cocatholicconference.org, the Colorado Catholic Conference noted that in 2020, nearly 150,000 Coloradans put Proposition 115 on the ballot. vote, “which, if passed, would have prohibited abortion after 22 weeks of gestation when the child is viable.

The conference said the number of voters who signed the petition to get the ballot indicates voters’ objections to abortion on demand.

“Yet at the same time,” he added, “Colorado Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and other abortion facilities have doubled down on efforts to make Colorado an ‘abortion destination’ in response to other states passing pro-life laws and the next Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, which could overturn Roe vs. Wade and Family planning c. Casey.”

the Dobbs the case involves a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. The high court is expected to deliver its decision in June or July.

In 1967, Colorado became the first state to allow abortion for reasons other than rape or an imminent threat to a woman’s health.