What’s in Colorado’s abortion bill? Here’s why pro-lifers are alarmed

Colorado lawmakers are debating The Reproductive Health Equity Act, a piece of legislation which would codify Colorado’s place as one of the most permissive states in the U.S. when it comes to abortion.

Pro-lifers rallied against the bill March 12 at the Colorado capitol in downtown Denver. The Archdiocese of Denver has encouraged all Coloradans to pray and speak out against the bill.

What exactly is in this bill, and what are the potential consequences if it becomes law? Here’s what you need to know:

Some states, such as Arizona, have passed legislation to clarify that unborn children are entitled to the same civil rights as born persons. Colorado’s bill does the opposite, stipulating that: “[A] fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.”

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