Abortion activists in Colorado’s legislature are proposing a law that could make taxpayer-funded abortions less safe.
Senate Bill 21-142 would remove the requirement for abortions using public funds like Medicaid — which are restricted to cases of rape, incest, or threat to life of the mother — to be committed only at designated facilities and by a physician. Under the proposed legislation, which has cleared the state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, abortions using public funds may be committed by any “provider who is licensed by the state and acting within the scope of the provider’s license and in accordance with applicable federal regulations.”
According to the Denver Post, the resulting change would make it so that public funding can be used for abortions committed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Planned Parenthood has backed legislation in states around the country to diminish safety and reduce standards under the pretext of removing barriers to abortion.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has put misleading spin on the proposed legislation. “I don’t think people realize that (some people) in Colorado have to drive seven hours over a mountain range with suitcases to access health care that they need,” the group’s spokesman Jack Teter said, according to the Denver Post.
Pro-abortion state Senator Brittany Pettersen echoed Planned Parenthood’s spokesman by pointing out the only facility in the state licensed under the current law is in the Denver metro area. “The problem with this is that people in Colorado live across the state, they don’t live right next to this one hospital. It creates unnecessary barriers for people in one of the most difficult situations: our sexual assault survivors,” she said, according to Colorado Politics.
As Live Action News has shown, abortion is not health care, and deliberately killing a preborn child is never medically necessary. It is a violent act that results in the death of a preborn baby and sometimes results in lasting harm to the mother.
The proposed legislation has passed the Senate on a second reading. After passing on a third reading, it will go to the state House for consideration, where a pro-abortion majority is likely to pass the law.
Last fall, Coloradans rejected a ballot initiative that would have banned late-term abortions.
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