Following this summer’s Supreme Court rollback of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights has emerged as a key issue in a hard-fought state Senate race in Northwest Colorado seen as key to Republican dreams of regaining control of the upper chamber.
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At a Club 20 debate in Grand Junction on Saturday, Oak Creek Republican Savannah Wolfson, a candidate for House in Colorado’s high country, said the rollback of Roe v. Wade has no impact here and Colorado went too far in passing abortion-rights legislation.
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.
Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) headlined a “Rally to Resist Roe” at the Colorado Capitol Saturday, alongside pastors Jeremy Ueberroth, of Emmaus Road Reformed Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, and Jeff Durbin of End Abortion Now in Mesa, Arizona. Approximately 100 people attended the event, where speakers encouraged the audience to continue to fight against abortion and work to elect anti-abortion candidates office.
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Since its introduction, the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) has been the subject of baseless accusations — that it allows for “post natal abortions” or that it stops parents from being notified if their child has an abortion.
The passage of the Reproductive Health Equity Act in the Colorado House, after 24 hours of debate and a brief confrontation between House Minority Leader Rep. Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) and Rep. Shane Sandridge (R-Colorado Springs), has elicited hyperbolic — and inaccurate — statements from Colorado Republicans.
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 Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have protected abortion access and removed medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion, such as mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling, two-trip requirements, and mandatory ultrasounds, failed to pass the U.S. Senate after a 46-48 procedural vote on Feb. 28.