10 Apr Week 11
The Final Month
Of the Seventy-First General Assembly
While the floor was slow this week, the Senate State Affairs Committee proved to be exciting as usual with hearings for multiple important bills. Here’s the latest roundup:
Updating CO’s Anti-Harassment Law
HB17-1188 is a simple bill that accomplishes something we should’ve done a long time ago. This bill updates Colorado’s anti-harassment laws to include LGBTQ people and people with physical or mental disabilities. Nobody should be subjected to harassment or intimidation based on their sexual orientation or disability. This long overdue update to our law got out of the State Affairs Committee and is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.
Better Contraception Access
HB17-1186 requires health insurance plans to allow women to receive a 12-month supply of their birth control instead of just the standard 3-month supply. This common-sense bill increases access to contraceptives for all women, but it especially lessens the burden on those who may live in rural areas and have a difficult time getting to a pharmacy on a regular basis. Although it was a bit unexpected that this bill got out of State Affairs Committee, it passed with only one dissenting vote. Now onto the full Senate for a vote.
An Attack on Abortion Access
One of the most controversial and dangerous bills that has come before me this session was also heard in the State Affairs Committee this week. Introduced on Monday, assigned to committee by midnight, and then given a hearing within 24 hours, SB17-284 (or the so-called Women’s Reproductive Information Guarantee for Health & Transparency Act) passed on a party-line vote.
This bill significantly limits women’s access to comprehensive healthcare and compromises reproductive choices. Here’s what the bill does:
- Requires a doctor to inform the woman about “abortion reversal” procedures, which have been totally debunked as bogus science
- Requires a doctor to show a woman an ultrasound image unless the woman signs documentation saying that she refused
- Prohibits an abortion from occurring within 24 hours of the woman viewing the ultrasound image
- Defines a human life as occurring at the moment of conception, a policy that has failed at the ballot box multiple times
I voted no in committee against this anti-science bill and will continue to oppose this bill every step of the way.