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Tell your Senator to VOTE NO HB22-1279

State Legislation Updates

HB22-1279 Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) could make Colorado the most radical abortion state in the country. It was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday, March 3. The legislation was immediately calendared for: Wednesday, March 9 at 1:30pm in House Health and Insurance Committee. The rush to a committee hearing is intended to suppress the voices of millions of Coloradans who oppose the murder of children through abortion.  

If enacted, the RHEA will codify the following into state law: 

Abortion up-to-the moment of birth for any reason, which would permit: Partial-birth abortion (infanticide of a baby partially birthed from the womb)

Abortion based on discrimination of sex, race, or children with disabilities such as down syndrome

Remove the requirement that parents of minors be notified if their child receives an abortion; Enshrine in law that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws” of Colorado

Prohibit any regulation of abortion based on concerns regarding the health of the woman or baby.

In 2020, nearly 150,000 Coloradans put Proposition 115 on the ballot, which, if it had passed, would have prohibited abortion after 22-weeks gestation when the child is viable. Yet at the same time, Colorado Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and other abortion facilities doubled down on making Colorado an “abortion destination” in response to other states passing pro-life laws and the forthcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health U.S. Supreme Court decision, which could overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

Sponsors Rep. Meg Froelich, Sen. Julie Gonzales, and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar clearly designed HB 1279 to anticipate the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Dobbs by enacting protections for abortion under Colorado law that expand the current legal status of abortion by designating it as a “fundamental right.”

This HB 1279 violates the fundamental human right to life for millions of pre-born children. And it is out-of-touch with the desires of millions of Colorado voters.

We must demonstrate to 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. 

Contact Democrat Senators and tell the to VOTE NO on HB1279.


Testifying at the Colorado Legislature

What to expect and how to prepare

Provided By Dr. Catherine Wheeler. OB/GYN

These are our elected officials, and they are creating the law of our state.  You have every right, and a duty, to voice your opinion.  Your voice is essential and valuable; it matters!  If our legislators don’t hear from us, they assume what they do is what the public wants.  It is actually a simple process, so don’t be intimidated!

Ways to Testify

You may testify in person, remotely, and/or in writing.  It is recommended to provide written testimony in addition to oral.  Written testimony may be given as paper-copy in-person when you testify, and/or on-line. 

How to Register to Testify

You must be registered, usually 2 to 3 days before the bill is heard in committee or at the whole senate or house, to testify. This is the website for Colorado Legislature:

https://leg.colorado.gov

How to find a Bill.  Enter the bill number and read the bill language and a brief explanation of the bill.  If you don’t know the bill number, you can enter key words to locate it.  You will need the bill number. 

Legislative Process.  The first two letters of the bill indicate if the bill starts in the house (representatives) or in the senate (senators).  “HB” means house bill.  “SB” means senate bill.  For “HB”, this means the bill is first heard in the house, so you would first contact your legislators. 

The process is: 

  1. The bill is introduced.
  2.   It first goes to a committee, where testimony is heard. 
  3. The legislators in that committee then vote on whether to pass the bill out of committee to be heard by all the representatives in the house. 
  4. If it passes through committee, all the representatives will hear testimony, then debate the bill, and vote. 
  5. If the vote passes, the bill now goes to the senate, where the exact same process occurs. 

If the bill starts in the senate, it is the same process, beginning on the senate side, and, if the bill passes, then to the house side. 

You will have opportunities to testify at each of these steps.

How Do I Contact Legislators and Find My Legislators?

Click Here To find your legislator: Enter your address, and receive the names of your legislators, with contact information. 

It is important that you contact your own legislators for your district; indicate to them that you are in their district.    You also may reach out to any other legislator, targeting those you most want to hear your message.  When the bill is in a committee, contact the committee members who will hear the bill.

How Do I Find What Committee the Bill is Heard in and Committee Members to Contact?

When you look up the bill on the “Bill” tab, it will list the committee it will be heard in.

On the same website, on the top bar is a tab “Committees”.  This will bring you to all the committees in each of the House and the Senate.  When you select the committee you are interested in, the names of each committee member will appear.  You can select their names to get their contact information.  On the same page, scrolling down is their hearing schedule, and the bills they will hear on that day.  You may select the bill, and you will be able to read the language of the bill. 

How Do I Sign Up to Testify?

On the top bar of the website, select “Committee”.  The bottom option is “Public Testimony Options”.  Selecting this, follow the steps for whether you want to testify in-person, remotely, or with written testimony on-line. 

Your best way to have your voice heard is to choose in-person or remote, plus provide written testimony.

What to expect when you testify?

  1. You will have only 2 to 3 minutes for oral testimony. 
  2. You will want to have perhaps 3 points to make. 
  3. You want to be clear and succinct, say up front what your points will be, and then expound on them a little. 
  4. Practice to be sure you are in that time frame, so that they receive your whole testimony.  They may ask you questions after your testimony. 
  5. ALWAYS be respectful and kind.  If you are speaking on a bill that is emotional or politicalized, don’t be surprised if some legislators do not treat you that way. 
  6. Don’t be intimidated.  You have the RIGHT as a citizen of Colorado to be heard.

Tips to prepare your Testimony

  1. Start with recognizing the committee chair and members:  “Madame/ Mr. Chair (and their name) Committee Members, thank you for hearing my testimony.”
  2. State which bill you are speaking on, and whether you are for or against.
  3. State your name, briefly any relevant credentials or experience – why they should listen to you.
  4. Give your points
  5. Briefly expound on your points – explaining or giving important information
  6. Close with your request – oppose or vote for
  7. Thank them

MORE THAN TESTIFYING

It is important to contact your representatives, and any others you want to, beyond testifying.  For any bill you have interest in, you may call or email them with information and request to either support or oppose the bill.  This is VERY EASY and fast to do. 

These are our laws.  Our voices must be heard, if we are to have just, right laws. 

TELL THEM NO!

CO Reps Seek to Codify Killing in the Name of “Equity”
By Julie Baley, Pikes Peak Citizens for Life Vice President


As reported in Colorado news sources since early December*, several state
legislators intend to introduce a bill during the current legislative session which, if
adopted, will codify abortion access in Colorado state law.
The measure, referred to as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, is co-sponsored by
Sen. Julie Gonzales of Denver, Rep. Meg Froelich of Greenwood Village and House
Majority Leader Daneya Esgar of Pueblo.

The proposed Colorado legislation is a direct response to the perception by
abortion supporters that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v Wade
(and other federal cases that liberalized abortion policy) with their review of the Dobbs
v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case which addresses a Mississippi law
prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks gestation.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Dobbs v Jackson on December
1st. Based on study of the transcripts of those arguments, many believe the justices
may hand down a decision that returns the making of abortion policy to the state
legislatures. Their decision is expected in June.
According to the referenced article, language for the Reproductive Health Equity Act
is not yet available. Similarly, at press time, no details were available as to when the
measure would be introduced or into which committee. Representatives of several
pro-life organizations across the state, including PPCFL, are preparing to testify
in opposition to this measure as soon as those details are available.
Much of the press coverage claims that Coloradoans don’t want restrictions on
abortion. They posit that since abortion restrictions have been defeated at the ballot
box several times, we, the pro-life folks of Colorado, should just sit down and be quiet.
However, they fail to mention that each time a Colorado pro-life measure is
defeated, the margin gets tighter.
In the last instance, with Proposition 115, we attempted to stop abortion at 22
weeks (at which time the preborn are not only viable but feel pain). The pro-aborts
outspent pro-life forces by $9 million to win by less than10% (59% voted against.)
They also neglect to mention a fact that we became painfully aware of during the
fight to pass 115: most Coloradoans have no idea what Colorado law currently
permits – abortion through all 9 months.
Many of those who gathered signatures for petitions and had subsequent
conversations with fellow citizens discovered that most voters in Colorado believed
abortion was not legal beyond the first trimester. They were incredulous when told
that Colorado does not limit abortions beyond requiring parental notification in the
case of minors seeking
abortions.

We must continue to have these critical conversations with family, friends, and neighbors. We will never sit down and be quiet. Too much is at stake.
This is, literally, a life or death issue.
*Ref: Colorado Politics,
Marianne Goodland
(“Colorado Democratic lawmakers to
sponsor bill upholding women’s right
to abortion in 2022 session”
12 Jan 2022

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