Hold on to your hats, Rockies! Colorado is ready to fight the scourge that is sex-selection abortion. Even if there isn’t really a scourge to begin with.
According to Fox News 31 in Denver, 11 of 15 Republicans in the Colorado senate have gotten together to sponsor a bill that will ban any abortion “undertaken for purposes of eliminating an unborn child of an undesired sex.”
The bill itself, like all of its predecessors, provides no indication of how it can be determined if a doctor or a person coercing the woman seeking such a termination is violating the law. However, it does begin by stating “WOMEN ARE A VITAL PART OF AMERICAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE AND POSSESS THE SAME FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS AS MEN.”
If only legislatures would write some bills making that actually happen.
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State Senator Margaret Dayton has been working since the summer on her bill that would ban so-called gender-selection abortion in the state of Utah. Now, as the session is finally beginning, she’s decided that the ban may not be necessary at all.
However, just because she is giving up on her ban doesn’t mean she’s just going to leave everything in the state as it is. Instead, she will propose as bill that will provide more tracking of abortions, such as who is receiving them, how many are done, and at what gestational age.
Dayton said the data is collected on a federal level but there are concerns that the reports will not produce the numbers Utah is seeking. She went on to explain that this bill will allow the state to gather the numbers to help policymakers when creating abortion legislation.
“Right now the focus is on the information,” she said.
Sen. Dayton has amended SB 60 to require “the race and ethnicity of the women on whom the abortions were performed.” Perhaps a race-based abortion ban is still on her radar?
A Colorado bill that would have outlawed all abortions in the state has died in committee, the Denver Post reports. Calling the bill “too extreme” the House committee voted 7 to 4 to kill the bill, with one Republican joining the six Democrats to table the proposal. Rep. Humphry’s blanket abortion ban is just one of a handful of legislative bills being considered this session, including a ban on “gender” based abortions and a ban on entities that provide or refer for abortions from receiving any taxpayer funding.