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January 19, 2024

House Democrats Reaffirm Ongoing Commitment to Abortion Rights in Colorado

DENVER, CO – House Democrats today passed a resolution, sponsored by Representatives Meg Froelich and Lorena Garcia, recognizing the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and calling for the right to an abortion to be enshrined in the Colorado constitution.

“Colorado Democrats have taken landmark steps to ramp up statewide protections for those seeking and providing abortion care,” said Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood. “Coloradans counted on us to expand abortion access, protect those seeking care from out of state, and defeat anti-abortion legislation in the State House. We must continue this fight to ensure our fundamental reproductive freedoms are protected for generations to come by enshrining the right to an abortion into the Colorado state constitution.”

“When it comes to abortion rights, Colorado has always been a national leader,” said Rep. Lorena Garcia, D-Unincorporated Adams County. “Even before Roe v. Wade was overturned, Colorado fought hard to solidify our safe haven status for those seeking abortion care. Abortion bans disproportionately impact people of color, and enshrining abortion into the Colorado state constitution further protects our fundamental right to an abortion. Reproductive freedom is widely supported by the majority of Coloradans, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to protect those performing and seeking abortion care in our state.” 

In 2022, Colorado Democrats passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA). This landmark legislation updated Colorado’s laws to protect reproductive rights and established a fundamental right to choose to continue a pregnancy and give birth, or to have an abortion. RHEA importantly enshrines the right to an abortion and other critical health care services into state law, regardless of federal bans or regulations.  

In 2023, Democrats passed the Safe Access to Protected Health Care Package which protects the rights of patients, providers, future health care professionals, and those assisting patients. The package also prohibits deliberate misinformation in our communities, and makes care more affordable and accessible by closing gaps in insurance coverage.

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