A bill to legalize abortion in Colorado has been signed into law.

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado has signed a measure into law that codifies the state’s right to abortion.

Following a spate of recent stringent abortion restrictions enacted by Republican state legislatures throughout the country, Democratic Governor Jared Polis signed the bill on Monday, April 4.

“Every individual has a fundamental right to make decisions about their reproductive health care, including the fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; a pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion and to make decisions about how to exercise that right; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or dissenting rights,” according to House Bill 1279.

The bill, which passed on party-line votes in the state’s Democratic-majority House and Senate last month, also prevents local governments from enacting their own limitations.

“The decision to begin or end a pregnancy with medical help will remain between a person, their doctor, and their faith in the state of Colorado,” Polis said in a statement on Monday.

“This bill merely maintains this status quo regardless of what occurs at the federal level and safeguards all existing constitutional rights and obligations,” the governor said, emphasizing that the new law “does not make any changes to the current legal framework.”

The Supreme Court of the United States looks to be ready to uphold a Mississippi statute prohibiting abortion beyond 15 weeks. Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion statewide, is also up for debate, with anti-abortion advocates hoping that the court’s conservative majority would overturn it.

This session, Florida, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arizona have all passed 15-week abortion prohibitions. Idaho has also banned abortions after six weeks.

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