Democratic Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a controversial abortion bill into law that codifies abortion access.
Known as the “Reproductive Health Equity Act,” the measure specifically codifies into law the idea that a fetus does not have human rights prior to birth.
The law states:
A FERTILIZED EGG, EMBRYO, OR FETUS DOES NOT HAVE INDEPENDENT OR DERIVATIVE RIGHTS UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE.
A summary of the bill explains that it bans state and local public entities from interfering in any way in a woman’s reproductive decisions – specifically regarding abortion.
It notes that the bill “prohibits state and local public entities” from “Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities” and “Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.”
Polis released a statement about the bill on Monday, saying, “In the State of Colorado, the serious decision to start or end a pregnancy with medical assistance will remain between a person, their doctor, and their faith.” The state will not intervene on behalf of an unborn person, because in Colorado they are not legally defined as a person.
Polis also made the point that the “bill does not make any changes to the current legal framework for parental notification that exists in state law.”
According to 9News, “The Colorado Parental Notification Act requires parents of minors to be notified at least 48 hours prior to a pending abortion. … Even a parent is notified of a minor’s abortion and objects, the decision to receive an abortion still rests with the minor. The law only requires that the parent be notified.”
The text of the law also specifically references Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is the Mississippi case that the Supreme Court is set to decide on this summer that could potentially reverse Roe v. Wade.
In addition, observers have noted that the only time the word “women” appears in the bill is in reference to the name of the case, leading some to interpret this as evidence that the bill could also be intended as another push from the Left’s the culture war.
The Colorado law also doesn’t have any limitations on abortion when it comes to timing.
Even the most progressive states generally limit abortion at the point of viability, which is around 20-24 weeks – or they have some kind of limitations after that. This is also late by international standards.
According to a recent report by the Family Research Council, the U.S. is one of only six countries that allows abortion on demand through the entire nine months of pregnancy. The others are China, North Korea, South Korea, Canada, and Vietnam. Only three European countries allow abortion after 14 weeks.