Targets: Colorado Senators Andy Kerr and Jeanne Nicholson
Goal: Commend efforts to establish a law to protect private medical decisions made by women, including contraception and abortion
A proactive bill to protect private medical decisions by Colorado women is gaining momentum and may soon become state law. The Reproductive Health Freedom Act recently passed its first vote in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The legislation ensures that every individual in Colorado has the fundamental right of privacy and freedom to make their own decisions about contraception and abortion. Commend the bill’s co-sponsors, Senator Andy Kerr and Senator Jeanne Nicholson, for their efforts to help women maintain privacy and control over their health care decisions.
The Act would safeguard women’s decisions regarding contraception and abortion, strengthening the precedent established under the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. It supports women’s fundamental right to privacy and freedom about their health care choices, and most importantly, it explicitly prevents state lawmakers from enacting restrictions that are not based on scientific evidence. State or local policy would not be able to deny or interfere with reproductive health care, and the Act stipulates that policy must be based on current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus.
Although Roe v. Wade is still federal law, many lawmakers at the state level have successfully undermined women’s reproductive rights by enacting medically unnecessary barriers to abortion services. These restrictions are intended to block women’s access to abortion, and are usually cloaked in the language of women’s health and safety. Several states have imposed forced ultrasound requirements, mandatory waiting periods, restrictions on the administration of the abortion pill, and burdensome clinic regulations.
While many anti-choice bills passed in other states are in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution, Colorado lawmakers are taking proactive steps to ensure that this does not happen to residents in their state. Commend them for their efforts to ensure that government does not dictate how women manage their reproductive health care decisions.
Dear Sen. Kerr and Sen. Nicholson,
I am pleased to learn that the Reproductive Health Freedom Act is gaining momentum in Colorado. I applaud your efforts to ensure that the women of your state maintain privacy and control over their medical decisions.
While many other states are working hard to limit women’s access to contraception and abortion-related services, Colorado is taking proactive measures to ensure that government does not dictate women’s reproductive health.
I urge you both to continue to push this legislation until it becomes state law. Safeguarding the fundamental rights of individuals is an important part of your responsibilities as elected representatives, and the Reproductive Health Freedom Act is a shining example of just that.
[Your Name Here]
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