Colorado leads in women’s reproductive rights – by Jan Wondra

Three bills were introduced last week in the United States Senate focused on protecting women’s reproductive health rights despite the repeal of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court. United States Senators from Colorado Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper have been involved in the bills as co-sponsors.

Demonstrators gather in Riverside Park on June 26, 2022 to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Photo by Daniel Flandre

“The attack on reproductive freedom threatens to imprison millions of women and their doctors,” Hickenlooper said. “These bills would protect women seeking care in Colorado. Let’s vote now.

Republicans in the Senate blocked votes to even decide whether they could be brought to the Senate for debate.

Women’s Health Protection Act

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) would codify Roe v. Wade, would guarantee the right to abortion and protect providers. It was the first bill, passed by the House months ago. The WHPA has 45 co-sponsors in the Senate and 171 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The full text of the Senate bill is available HERE.

“Every person deserves the right to make their own health care decisions, but across the country politicians are trying to suppress reproductive rights,” said US Senator Michael Bennet. “In the face of the Roe v. Wade challenges, it is more important than ever for Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine access to reproductive care in law once and for all.

Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act

This bill would protect every woman’s constitutional right to cross state lines to receive abortion care and protect the providers who care for them.

Joining thousands of marchers and protesters across the country, Jody Bol, Shelby Marion and Cindy Bucholz were at the October 2 rally in Alpine Park in support of abortion rights. Photo by Tara Flanagan

Legislation introduced in Missouri and proposed bills elsewhere target interstate travel for abortion care. The Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act outlines constitutional protections for interstate travel and provides remedies for women whose rights are violated.

The legislation would also protect healthcare providers in pro-choice states like Colorado from lawsuits and lawsuits for serving people traveling from other states.

“After the Texas abortion ban went into effect, a woman had her water break at 19 weeks — actually on her wedding day, she had brought her wedding day forward,” said Hickenlooper said in his remarks. “Doctors recommended terminating her pregnancy to protect her life, increasing the likelihood that she could have children in the future. But that was not allowed in Texas.

“So she flew to Colorado for emergency care. Her doctor told her to plan this trip in case she went into labor during the flight. The plan was to sit near the bathroom This is what it will soon be for women in half of America.

Law on the protection of access to medicines and abortion

The Protecting Access to Abortion Drugs Act would codify access to abortion pills in states where abortion is currently legal by protecting current FDA guidelines that allow women to access the medical abortion by telehealth and certif

Women gather at Alpine Park in Salida to protest recent restrictions on abortion rights in Texas that effectively replaced Roe against Wade in that state. Photo by Tara Flanagan

The Protecting Access to Abortion Drugs Act would codify access to abortion pills in states where abortion is currently legal by protecting current FDA guidelines that allow women to access the medical abortion via telehealth and certified pharmacies, including mail-order pharmacies.

Many states and lawmakers have openly targeted abortion pills as the “next step” in restricting women’s access to abortion care.

More than half of women who have an abortion will resort to medical abortion. In the 20 years since its approval, evidence has shown that medical abortion can be prescribed to patients without an in-person appointment, is safe and effective for people to take home, and can be sent by post.

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