Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order today to protect abortion providers and patients in Colorado. The order prohibits state agencies and departments, unless “pursuant to a court order,” from providing “information or data, including patient medical records, patient-level data, or related billing information, or expend time, money, facilities, property, equipment, personnel, or other resources to assist or further any investigation or proceeding initiated in or by another state that seeks to impose criminal or civil liability or professional sanction upon a person or entity for conduct that would be legal in Colorado related to providing, assisting, seeking, or obtaining reproductive health care.”
The term-limited Colorado House Majority Leader, Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo), is leaving some big shoes to fill at the Capitol. In Pueblo, a pair of experienced Democrats, Tisha Mauro and Jason Muñoz, will be competing in the June 28 primary to challenge Republican Jonathan Ambler for Esgar’s seat.
It is hard to overstate the significance of Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), which enshrines the right to an abortion under Colorado law, especially as neighboring states like Oklahoma pass laws restricting access to abortion.
On March 3, Colorado House Majority Leader Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo), Rep. Meg Froelich (D-Greenwood Village), and Sen. Julie Gonzales (D-Denver) introduced the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), which would enshrine abortion access in Colorado law.
The Family Affirmation Act, legislation to simplify the adoption process for parents who conceived using an array of fertility technology and other assistance, passed the House by a vote of 53-11.