For Immediate Release
April 4, 2022
EMILY's List Statement on Colorado Law Guaranteeing Abortion Rights
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill guaranteeing the right to abortion and contraception in Colorado (H.B. 22-1279) ahead of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that could overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. Three women who were previously endorsed by EMILYs List, state Rep. Meg Froelich, state Rep. Daneya Esgar, and state Sen. Julie Gonzales, were the prime sponsors of H.B. 22-1279. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List commends this proactive measure to safeguard abortion access in Colorado as Republican politicians continue to launch anti-abortion attacks across the country. With the U.S. Supreme Court positioned to overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, Colorado legislators have not only protected the reproductive freedom of their constituents, but also ensured that Colorado remains an abortion safe haven for those in surrounding states with near-total bans. We applaud the entire Colorado legislature, including candidates endorsed by EMILYs List Reps. Froelich, Esgar, and Yadira Caraveo and Sens. Gonzales and Brittany Pettersen for advancing social and economic equality. They are defending abortion access and guaranteeing the right to make decisions for our bodies and for our futures.
“Colorado’s successful effort to protect abortion demonstrates the importance of a pro-choice majority down the ballot. In the 2022 election, EMILYs List is committed to electing Democratic pro-choice women like Rep. Caraveo and Sen. Pettersen, who will continue to ensure abortion is an option for anyone who chooses it.”
In 2018, EMILYs List helped flip the Colorado state Senate which secured the unified Democratic control necessary to codify this bill into law.
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