Senate Bill 175, an abortion laws proposal put forth unsuccessfully in 2014 by Colorado Democrats, sparked strong feelings and heated debate in the Centennial State. The bill sought to prevent lawmakers at the state and local levels from implementing any regulation “that denies or interferes with an individual’s reproductive health care decisions,” according to The Washington Free Beacon
Here are quotes from both sides of that issue regarding that measure.
"I think it's a bill that makes it clear that we in Colorado believe that individuals should have the freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions."
— Colorado State Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, quoted by KUSA-TV
in April 2014 after she and fellow Democratic State Sen. Andy Kerr sponsored the bill.
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“This over-reaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again. More than that, it enshrines the ‘right to abortion’ into Colorado law. Advocates of this bill seek the absolute ‘right to abortion’ for girls as young as 10 or 11 without a parent’s knowledge, guidance or advice.”
— Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, in a letter read at Catholic churches
across the state in April 2014 condemning the bill.
"Delay and filibustering tactics were going to become the absolute rule of the day here over the next three weeks over SB 175."
— Kerr, quoted in The Denver Post in April 2014 explaining
why he killed the bill without allowing Senate floor debate. The newspaper reported Kerr said the Democrats, who held a single-seat Senate majority over Republicans, thought GOP Senators were going to turn the matter into a spectacle.
“What (Democrats) ran into was a firestorm of public dissent. Period. A firestorm of public opposition to this political hatchet job is what Senate Bill 175 was. They got called on it ... and they put this entire institution into significant turmoil."
— Colorado Senate Republican Minority Leader Bill Cadman, quoted by The Denver Post
in April 2014 after Kerr killed his own proposal.
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