HB22-1279: The Reproductive Health Equity Act will ensure every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception; every individual who becomes pregnant has a fundamental right to choose to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of Colorado. PASSED. Will now go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
FIND: Bill language, votes, amendments, progress, here.
READ Opinion: If Roe is to fall, Colorado needs to codify an affirmative right to abortion We were an early leader in the movement, but we can’t count on that in a post-Roe era, more here.
READ: Cobalt press release, here.
WATCH: Riveting remarks from bill sponsors —
• March 14, right before the House vote, State Rep. Esgar’s remarks, followed by Rep. Froelich (two of the three prime sponsors of HB22-1279) State Rep. Herod is earlier in the clip, here.
• The measured fury of Senators Fields and Buckner, the evening before the final Senate vote, here.
• Senators Danielson, Pettersen, Fields, Jaquez Lewis…and one of the bill’s prime sponsors, Senator Julie Gonzales, here.
Three prime sponsors: State Rep’s Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar, and State Senator Julie Gonzales.
CONTACT THE PRIME SPONSORS & THANK THEM!:
Rep. Meg Froelich | HD3 | Democrat | 303-866-2921 | email@example.com
Rep. Daneya Esgar | HD46 | Democrat | 303-866-2968 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Julie Gonzales | SD34 | Democrat | 303-866-4862 | email@example.com
And many others signed on as sponsors:
HOUSE SPONSORSHIP — Froelich and Esgar, Amabile, Bacon, Benavidez, Bernett, Bird, Boesenecker, Caraveo, Cutter, Daugherty, Duran, Exum, Garnett, Gonzales-Gutierrez, Gray, Herod, Hooton, Jodeh, Kennedy, Kipp, Lindsay, Lontine, McCluskie, McCormick, McLachlan, Michaelson Jenet, Mullica, Ortiz, Ricks, Roberts, Sirota, Snyder, Sullivan, Tipper, Titone, Valdez A., Weissman, Woodrow, Young, Valdez D.
SENATE SPONSORSHIP — Gonzales, Bridges, Buckner, Coleman, Daniel son, Fenberg, Fields, Ginal, Hansen, Hinrichsen, Jaquez Lewis, Kolker, Lee, Pettersen, Rodriguez, Story, Winter, Zenzinger, Donovan, Moreno