Health Committee Rejects 1st of 2 GOP Attempts to Restrict a Woman’s Right to Choose

(Feb. 22) – Democrats on the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee defeated a bill today that was intended to put unreasonable restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.

HB18-1082, sponsored by Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, was designed to interpose government between a pregnant woman and her doctor. The bill would have pushed pregnant women to undergo ultrasounds and imposed other medically unnecessary requirements, including 24-hour waiting times for abortions and forcing doctors to provide false or misleading information, such as the availability of an “abortion reversal” pill. 

“We’ve been talking about a deeply personal and intimate issue that’s up to a woman and her doctor,” said Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, the chairwoman of the committee. “This bill would make access to abortion very difficult.”

“Women have a right to choose,” said Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver. “Women have a right to decide for themselves when – and if – to start a family. Government should not be making that choice.” 

HB18-1082 failed on a party-line 6-7 vote.  

Now being heard in the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee: HB18-1225, a bill by Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance, to ban abortions in Colorado. Fifty years ago, Colorado became the first state to offer legal abortions, and ballot measures to ban abortions by establishing the concept of “personhood” for fetuses have been rejected by Colorado voters three times, decisively each time.

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