by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a bill that would permit abortion through the whole nine months of pregnancy, for any reason including on grounds of sex, race, or disability, Christian Headlines (CH) reports. Titled the Reproductive Health Quality Act (HB 1279), the bill passed on Tuesday by 40-24.
HB 1279 attests that abortion is a woman’s “fundamental right,” CH reports. Governments shall not “deny, restrict, interfere with, or discriminate against” an individual’s right to “have an abortion,” the bill reads. A woman “has a fundamental right to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion and to make decisions about how to exercise that right,” the bill adds.
According to the proposed legislation, a fetus has no rights of its own, CH said. “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of this state,” the bill asserts.
Pro-life activists noted that the bill would even remove protections for pregnant minors, as there would be no requirement for parental notification prior to the abortion.
The bill has strong opposition among people of faith, with the Colorado Catholic Conference noting: “HB 1279 violates the fundamental human right to life for millions of preborn children,” the Catholic conference said. “And it is out-of-touch with the desires of millions of Colorado voters. We must show Colorado lawmakers that they legislate on behalf of the people – and the people of Colorado do not want to live in the most radical abortion state in the country.”
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