House Bill 1279, the Reproductive Health Equity Act, states that “everyone has the fundamental right to decisions on the protection of human reproductive health, including the fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; a pregnant woman has the fundamental right to continue her pregnancy and give give birth or have an abortion decisions about how exercise this right; and the fertilized ovum, embryo or fetus have no independent or derivative rights under the law of state.”
Polis signature follows flurry of recent restrictive abortion laws passed by Republican state legislatures across the country.
The bill that was passed in House of Representatives and Democratic State Senate last month on party-line votes, also prohibits local organizations from imposing their own restrictions.
“In the state of Colorado, serious decision to start or termination of pregnancy with medical assistance will remain between a man, his doctor and his faith,” Polis said. in statement on Monday.
The governor stressed that new the law “makes no changes to current law framework”, saying, “This bill simply maintains this status quo regardless of of what happens at the federal level and preserves all existing constitutional rights and obligations.”
The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Fate of Rowe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision decision legalized abortion across the country, also hanging in balance, and anti-abortion activists hope the court conservative most will hit him down.
Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona moved on 15 week abortion bans this session. And Idaho put in place a six-week abortion ban that was first such a bill is signed into law year this mimics a controversial Texas law.
Colorado House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, sponsor of account, said in stating that “reinforcing the right to choose when it comes to reproductive health care, including the right to abortion, shows we trust Colorados to make their own medical decisions.”