Pro-Life Colorado to protest over Reproductive Health Equity Act

Pro-Life Colorado hosts protest over Reproductive Health Equity Act. (Photo by Aiden Frazier from Unsplash)

The Pro-Life Colorado coalition will hold a rally on the first anniversary of the passage of Colorado's heinous abortion law, the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), on Tuesday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Colorado Capitol West Steps.

As mentioned, the law has already been responsible for the deaths of thousands of additional children in the state in its first year.

2023 Rally for Life

According to Denver Catholic, the rally is called the 2023 Rally for Life and will be held on Tuesday, April 4.

It would present a chance for the people of Colorado to make it clear to the General Assembly that they are opposed to RHEA 2.0.

At the rally, there will be an announcement of Pro-Life Colorado's relationship with the National March for Life to establish the inaugural Colorado March for Life beginning in April 2024.

Moreover, RHEA is reportedly harmful to women and families, as it violates the fundamental human right to life of millions of unborn infants and is out of touch with the desires of millions of people in Colorado.

As reported, following its passage into law in 2022, the RHEA has codified abortion on demand up until the moment of birth (for the entirety of the 40 weeks of pregnancy); and based on discrimination based on gender, race, or the presence of a disability in the child, such as down syndrome.

Also, it was a so-called "fundamental right" for a woman to obtain an abortion, which has implications for other state laws, such as requiring minors to get parental consent before obtaining an abortion.

Furthermore, the law reportedly states that the full abolition of any "independent or derived rights under the laws" of Colorado applies to unborn children at all stages of their developmental process.

Reproductive Health Equity Act's Passage

On Monday, Mar. 14, 2022, a vote was held in the Colorado House of Representatives to adopt a law that would write reproductive rights, including abortion, into the state's legal code, Colorado Newsline reported.

House Bill 22-1279, also known as the "Reproductive Health Equity Act," would make it explicitly clear that residents of Colorado have the right to get an abortion, the right to carry a pregnancy to term, the right to use or refuse contraceptive care, and the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. 

In addition, it would assert that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not qualify as a person in the eyes of the state's law. 

Finally, HB-1279 would make it illegal for state and local governments to refuse, restrict, interfere with, or discriminate against the reproductive rights of any individual.

House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, state Representative Meg Froelich of Englewood, and Senator Julie Gonzales of Denver are the three Democrats leading the charge to pass this law. 

HB-1279 was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 40-24, with one Democrat, Representative Iman Jodeh of Aurora, absent.

A heated debate between Republicans and Democrats was exacerbated by deep partisan divisions, many of which were tied to divergent perspectives on religion, morality, racism, and sexism.

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