Republican legislators around the country, emboldened by the fact that they’ve passed more than 200 anti-choice bills in the last three years and hopeful that the Supreme Court might uphold even the most draconian laws, are getting more aggressive. In Colorado, a bill has been introduced that would make abortion a felony for doctors to perform.
In a move that has stunned abortion-rights advocates who pushed through a repeal of state criminal penalties last year, Colorado lawmakers have proposed a bill that “prohibits abortion and makes a violation a class 3 felony.”…
Led by a Democrat-majority legislature, Democrat governor and Barack Obama’s agenda, the state surged left on several issues, including abortion. Last year, Democrats passed a bill supported by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, repealed criminal abortion statutes.
“I ran as a pro-life candidate and this is an issue that is important to my constituents,” Humphrey explained as he introduced the abortion-ban bill Thursday.
Humphrey’s bill includes an exception for a doctor who accidentally causes the death of an unborn child while treating the mother. It also specifies that contraception is not illegal and states a pregnant mother is not subject to a criminal penalty.
The bill, which is supported by numerous other representatives, intends “to make the practice of abortion illegal in the state of Colorado” and to repeal all current laws and statutes that relate to abortion in the state.
This bill is not likely to pass, but expect to see more bills like it in other states, especially if the Republicans win the White House in 2016. The strategy is to pass laws that will get challenged in court in the hope that, by the time they reach the Supreme Court, they’ll have the votes to overturn Roe v Wade. They’re only one vote away at this point. They already have five votes to allow most of the restrictions on abortion they’ve passed, but Kennedy isn’t willing to go all the way to overturning Roe. One more conservative justice and the right to choose is history.
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