Blog: News Update – February 12, 2019

Blog: News Update - February 12, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

‘Late term abortion’; false and inflammatory language is a Distraction and Disservice. Those of us who are determined to preserve a woman’s right to privacy and an abortion must now avoid engaging in a costly game of semantics.  Unfortunately and not surprisingly, the President is exacerbating the discussion about abortion and has called on Congress “to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children.”

The misuse of language and avoiding science and medical expertise only muddies the discussion with hyperbole and ‘untruths’. According to Dr. J Conti, “late term” is an invention of anti-abortion extremists to confuse, mislead and increase stigma. The appropriate language is “abortions later in pregnancy.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) keeps records of abortions and has reported that during 2006–2015, there has been a historic low in number, rate and ratio of reported abortions. This number might very well be the result of limited access to contraception and increasing restriction of abortion access in many states. In 2015, “Few abortions were performed between 14 and 20 weeks’ gestation (7.6%) or at ≥21 weeks’ gestation (1.3%).

Those who want to outlaw the option of an abortion after 21 weeks are clearly misinformed about the reasons that this is a rare and necessary option. The decision to abort at a later date in pregnancy is due to lethal fetal anomalies, threats to the mother’s health or loss of life. Each situation is distinct and complicated. A sweeping law, ignorant of these conditions denies the advances of medical care, risks the life of women and insures the suffering of many.

Before Judging ‘Late-Term’ Abortion, Understand What it Means, Doctors Say – CNN

Here are three important quotes from Drs. Levy and Conti that frame this discussion in a way that is medically accurate and reflects the agony that must accompany these decisions.

Conti: “Federal law is meant to protect the right to abortion up to the point of viability (often thought of as 24 weeks from the last menstrual period), but numerous states have subsequently enacted harmful gestational age limits that are ideologically motivated and not based in science. Your right to an abortion is now absolutely based on the accident of your ZIP code. If a person needs to end their pregnancy after 24 weeks, there are a limited number of places in the country where they can do that, and the approval process for that procedure is scrupulous.”

Levy: “Abortion later in pregnancy is not used as an alternative to delivering healthy women’s full-term, viable pregnancies. Additionally, it’s callous to suggest that healthy women with viable pregnancies at term abruptly change their minds and seek abortion care as the solution.”

Conti: “As someone who used to self-identify as anti-choice, I can attest that the biggest misunderstanding about abortion is the framework of hypotheticals vs. reality. All pregnancies carry risks, but some much more than others, and it is the job of the patient to weigh risks and benefits in all medical decisions. Not politicians. Not journalists. Not strangers on Twitter. Misleading hypotheticals show disregard and contempt for people who have had an abortion later in pregnancy. People who have abortions deserve empathy and understanding, not judgment.”

 

Legislation Update

  • HB19-1103, Protect Human Life at ConceptionCORCRC strongly opposes this bill that criminalizes abortion and makes abortion a Class 1 Felony, making providers subject to death penalty. Also states that life begins at conception, thereby granting personhood to the preborn. Personhood was rejected 3 times by Colorado voters and countless times in the legislature. Join us at Wed, 1:30pm (first bill on docket) in Room 0107: House Health & Insurance Committee to oppose this bill and in solidarity wear something teal
  • HB19 – 1004 – Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option, The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.   | Introduced In House – Assigned to Health & Insurance  Sponsors: Rep. D. Roberts | Rep. M. Catlin | Sen. K. Donovan
  • HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze EfficacyConcerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments. Passed by the House. Last Action: 2/4/19, assigned to Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy, Sen. D. Moreno.
  • HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal Proceeding   Concerning eliminating requirements that victims must opt in to effect their rights in criminal proceedings. Proactively adds victims into the notification of criminal proceedings system unless  the victim opts out. Last Action: 01/10/2019 | Introduced In House – Assigned to  Judiciary  Sponsors: Rep. T. Sullivan
  • HB19-1122 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee  Concerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment.  Last Action: 01/16/2019 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services  Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner
  • SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act  Concerning the creation of the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities.  Last Action: 01/17/2019 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary  Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

Your support nourishes and serves as a catalyst to grow our mission. With a financial contribution, you will ensure our continued commitment to Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) bringing interfaith and multiracial voices to reproductive health and rights issues.

Points of Interest:

New Careers are the unintended consequences of abortion restrictions in Texas: read about the Abortion Travel Agent

‘I’m an Abortion Travel Agent’ and other Tales from Texas’ New Desert – CNN

As you already know, The Supreme Court decided to block a Louisianalaw that would require a doctor to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed. This law, identical to a Texas law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016 will most likely rear a dubious challenge again.  That is why it is suggested that you read Justice Kavanaugh’s dissent.  He wrote this for himself and said he would have allowed the law to take effect in order to see whether it would impose a burden on women’s access to abortion in the state.

Read: Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Dissent in Louisiana Abortion Clinic Case


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