CO Legislators Want to Make Abortion a Felony


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 Last year, Democrats passed a bill supported by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, repealed criminal abortion statutes.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.

Comments

  1. colnago80 says

    Even if Roe vs Wade is overturned, it doesn’t mean that abortion is illegal in the US. What would likely happen is that it would remain more or less legal in the blue states and would be made illegal in the red states.

  2. Dave Maier says

    Led by a Democrat-majority legislature, Democrat governor and Barack Obama’s agenda, the state surged left

    Huh? [checks link] Oh, it’s not journalism, it’s the WorldNetDaily!

  3. marcus says

    @1 But it would place women’s reproductive back more in the hands of scum-sucking, shit-eating politicians. We know how well that always works out.

  4. laurentweppe says

    One more conservative justice and the right to choose is history

    No: one more conservative justice and the right to choose will be once again that highborns’ privilege to choose.

  5. Chiroptera says

    CO Legislators Want to Make Abortion a Felony

    Are you sure that this is about the Colorado legislature and not on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning to the cognitive abilities of our lawmakers?

  6. says

    I have a comment that I made over at Ophelia Benson’s place and it fits in here,
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/01/weekends-and-holidays-are-not-days/comment-page-1/#comment-1368571

    There has to be a way to wrap up all of these into a single federally based challenge on the grounds of the de facto nature of the undue burden. If the real world results are women not being allowed to exercise their rights that has to have meaning judicially speaking.

    Unless the system is screwed to the point of needing to be shattered and reassembled like I have been suspecting.

    Is this possible?

  7. eric says

    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.

    Well I’ll be a little optimistic. We’ve seen so many useless proposals by GOP legislatures for symbolic things that, for the moment, I’ll hope this is just another one. Continuous attempts and failures to pass anti-abortion legislation fits pretty well with the pattern of 13 votes to defund ACORN and, what, 40+ attempts to defund ACA.
    This is not to say that I’m not worried about draconian bills that have passed and may proceed to the SCOTUS. I do. But it doesn’t sound like this is one of those.

  8. DaveL says

    @9,

    Actually, since the bill seeks to impose penalties on the providers, not the patients, it would be more accurate to say “If abortion is criminalized, only criminals will perform abortions.”

    Which pretty much describes how things were in the bad old days.

  9. says

    Well, since Ginsberg is an immortal Highlander, she can stay on the Court as long as she wants without fear that her seat could go to a conservative. The other 4 are up for grabs.

  10. says

    One more conservative justice and the right to choose is history.

    No, it will be determined by elected representatives, which in some places might mean it’s history, but in most blue states it won’t be. (Of course, Republicans wouldn’t hesitate to outlaw it at the federal level if they could, states’ rights be damned.)

    Although Republicans have been as obnoxious as possible about passing restrictive abortion laws, the tolerance of the public for banning abortion, even in red states, is a lot lower than you’d think. In 2006, a ballot measure in South Dakota that would ban abortions was soundly defeated.

  11. Nihilismus says

    [The bill] also specifies that contraception is not illegal and states a pregnant mother is not subject to a criminal penalty.

    I am not willing to actually read a WND article, and I doubt it will provide enough factual information for me to verify anyway, but I assume that the bill makes it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion but not for the pregnant woman to perform her own abortion. So, can a doctor set up a procedure where the final step before the termination of the pregnancy is the pregnant woman pressing a button? It could be sort of like how Dr. Jack Kevorkian was able to avoid conviction for assisting suicides until he video-tapped himself giving a direct injection to a patient.

  12. dan4 says

    “…states a pregnant mother is not subject to a criminal penalty.”

    Uh, why not? A voluntary abortion, by its very definition, involves the willing behavior of both the doctor AND the pregnant woman.

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