Pregnancy Resource Centers reps protest against RHEA 2.0 bill

Representatives from Pregnancy Resource Centers gather at the Colorado State Capitol to protest the RHEA 2.0 bill. (Photo by Life Matters from Pexels)

On Tuesday, March 21, dozens of representatives from Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) all over the state gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to express their discontent with a slate of bills dubbed Reproductive Health Equality Act (RHEA) 2.0.

It was a reference to the RHEA passed the previous year, one of the most radical laws in the world at the time.

Protest to RHEA 2.0 bill

According to the Denver Catholic, at the very first Pregnancy Resource Center Day held in Colorado, PRC employees and volunteers were there to bear witness to life, provide educational materials and data, and share their testimonies from the "frontlines," where they selflessly serve women, men, and families daily. 

The event was held in conjunction with National Pregnancy Resource Center Day. 

Representatives from the state's pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) sat in the gallery during House and Senate legislative sessions, wearing pink and blue, the traditional colors for baby girls and boys, respectively. 

Their presence served as a demonstration of the care and compassion that PRCs provide to individuals who seek their services.

As mentioned, the PRCs aim to affirm life and give the women who enter their doors, frequently in a state of desperation and fear, the power to recognize that they have many other options and that having an abortion is not their only option. 

Most of them provide mothers and their newborns with complete care even after birth and access to the supplies, support, and necessary continuous healthcare that these families need to accompany them at this new and lovely stage in their journeys.

RHEA 2.0 Bill

On Thursday, March 9, the Colorado General Assembly introduced an abortion legislation package called RHEA 2.0, a collection of bills whose predecessor made Colorado one of the most radical pro-abortion states in the country. 

Nevertheless, pro-abortion lawmakers are still pressing for increased abortion access, including abortion Pill Reversal treatment can save a woman's life, expanding opportunities for young people to receive referrals for abortion and other methods of birth control, and getting around the constitutional ban that prevents the state of Colorado from funding abortions.

Aside from this, they added restricting the valuable work of Pregnancy Resource Centers for our community, violating the rights of employers under the First Amendment who choose not to include "gender-affirming care" or abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, and violating the rights of medical professionals and hospitals under the First Amendment when they choose not to provide abortion-related or "gender-affirming care" services.

The "Safe Access to Protected Health Care" package of three bills includes SB23-188, Protecting Health Care Patients, Providers, and Assistors, SB23-189 Increasing Access to Reproductive Health Care Services, and SB23-190, Prohibiting Deceptive Practices at Anti-Abortion Centers.

The Colorado House of Representatives approved the bill on Monday, March 14.

It would allow Colorado residents to have the right to access abortion, carry a pregnancy to term, and choose whether to have an abortion.

It would also proclaim that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have personality rights under state law. 

House Bill 1279 would make it illegal for state and local governments to deny, restrict, interfere with, or discriminate against the reproductive rights of any individual.

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