The four Democratic United States House members from Colorado – Jason Crow, Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse and Ed Perlmutter – co-sponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, that would protect a woman’s right to have an abortion and prohibit states from creating medically unnecessary bans or restrictions on abortions.
Newsline has contacted the seven members of the Colorado congressional delegation, including Republicans Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn, to ask for their position on the HR 3755 legislation. Of those who responded, here is what they said :
Crow, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, is an original co-sponsor of the WHPA.
“With increasingly brazen attacks on Roe. v. Wade, it is time to codify equal access to abortion care in this country ”, Crow wrote in a statement provided by Kaylin Dines, Crow’s communications director. “Passing the Women’s Health Protection Act will help ensure that everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, is free to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves,” his family and his life. “
Boebert, of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, expressed its position on the legislation in a joint Washington Examiner report editorial, his office told Newsline. “Although the law on the protection of women’s health states that access to abortion is essential for women’s participation in the ‘social and economic life of the nation’, we know that women do not. not need to kill their unborn children to function equally in society, ”Boebert wrote. “Multitasking women are capable of all that life has to offer, including the pursuit of educational goals and professional development alongside raising children. “
DeGette Spokeswoman Jane Fillion noted that the Denver MP is a major co-sponsor of the WHPA and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
Perlmutter ‘Director of Communications Ashley Verville said from the representative: “I have long supported a woman’s right to choose what is best for her health and her family in consultation with her doctor… To this end, I co-sponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act and signed the amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade. I support the legislation and will continue to work to ensure that every woman has equal access to reproductive health care and the freedom to live the life she chooses.
male and Lamborn both have already taken anti-abortion positions.
Sense. Michel Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado, both Democrats, also joined the WHPA.
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If passed, the Women’s Health Protection Act would allow health-care providers to perform abortions on women without limitation, which would require women seeking an abortion to make unnecessary in-person visits before having an abortion. have an abortion. The law also prohibits states from prohibiting or limiting abortions at any time before fetal viability.
In a press release on Wednesday, Cobalt, a Colorado organization that works to advance reproductive rights and access to abortion, urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass HR-3755. “Since 2011, anti-abortion lawmakers have passed more than 500 restrictive laws in state legislatures that make abortion difficult and, at times, impossible to access,” the press release said. “These abortion restrictions and bans are becoming increasingly extreme and disproportionately harming people who already face discriminatory barriers to health care, especially black people, Indigenous people and other people of color, those who working to make ends meet, women, youth, people with disabilities, immigrants, people living in rural communities and members of the LGBTQI + community.
“We need Congress to pass the WHPA and affirm the constitutional right to abortion in federal law so that these attacks on abortion access stop,” Cobalt President Karen Middleton said in the statement. Press release. “The people of Colorado have said time and again that they support the right to abortion, and our federal laws should reflect these values.”
January survey out of 1,629 registered voters conducted by Hart Research Associates found that 61% of voters support the Women’s Health Protection Act.
This is the first “proactive abortion rights” legislation passed in Congress in nearly 30 years, according to Cobalt.
Texas recently passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block it. The law came into effect on September 1.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the women’s health protection law on Friday morning.