Extremist Colorado politicians are making a risky move with a new piece of sweeping anti-choice legislation that could actually end up alienating moderate voters, according to a recent article in RH Reality Check.
Disingenuously named the “Women’s Health Protection Act” (not to be confused with proposed federal legislation of the same name that seeks to protect women from state level assaults on their reproductive freedom), HB 15-1128 is the quintessential “sham law”—an increasingly popular variety of anti-choice legislation that purports to protect women’s health while actually imposing medically unnecessary requirements on abortion providers and women seeking care.
The proposed Colorado bill claims abortion poses “an increased risk of breast cancer, fertility problems, emotional problems, and even death.” In fact, as RH Reality Check points out:
There is little dispute that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, which is why the vast majority of abortions are performed in outpatient clinics or doctors’ offices. This has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, anti-choice legislators push admitting privilege requirements with language indicating care for women’s safety.
Given the current political landscape in Colorado, the bill has little to no chance of passing—and may even backfire, helping state Democrats regain control of the Senate.