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A scheme in the radically pro-abortion state of Colorado, where lawmakers claimed recently that the unborn have no rights, ever, to ban a medical procedure that reverses the chemical abortion process, often successfully, has been itself blocked.
According to a report in the Colorado Sun, U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico over the weekend issued a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of a state law.
In it, Colorado lawmakers positioned themselves has doctors and claimed that the procedure, which counteracts the chemical abortion process, should be banned.
It was a first-in-the-nation attempt at eliminating the option for women who start the drugs that cause abortion, but then want to stop the process.
The judge's preliminary injunction against the state law came in a case brought by a Catholic health clinic in Englewood that argued the measure violates its religious freedom and infringes on its First Amendment Rights.
The clinic, Bella Health and Wellness, says it has provided the chemical abortion process reversal treatment to dozens of women over recent years.
"There is no question whether (the law) burdens Bella Health’s free exercise of religion," Domenico said. "Bella Health considers it a religious obligation to provide treatment for pregnant mothers and to protect unborn life if the mother seeks to stop or reverse an abortion."
Then the Colorado Medical Board, following the pro-abortion politics that are dominant in the state, said it considered using the successful abortion reversal pill, progesterone, was outside of the “generally accepted” practice.
Gov. Jared Polis, a homosexual Democrat, had signed the law adopted by the Democrat-majority legislature that banned pregnancy centers from giving women the reversal pill after they had taken the first chemical abortion pill.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported Democrats had pushed the board to rule that the pill constituted “unprofessional conduct,” but the board determined that doctors who prescribe the pill are outside the “generally accepted standard of practice."
The Food and Drug Administration's approval of the chemical abortion pill mifepristone has been under scrutiny recently after a Texas judge found the agency had mistakenly rushed to approve the medication at the risk of harming pregnant women. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FDA’s recent decisions to ship pills through the mail and allow pharmacists to dispense them to women without a doctor’s prescription was mistaken.
That case is currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court.
Bella Health released a statement, through its lawyers, in which cofounders Dede Chism and Abby Sinnett said," We are relieved and overjoyed to continue helping the many women who come to our clinic seeking help."
Lawyer Rebekah Ricketts of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said the ruling "ensures that pregnant women across the state will receive the care they deserve and won't be forced to have abortions against their will," as the law would have required.
The process involves administration of progesterone. The abortion chemicals kill the unborn through the use of mifepristone, which blocks progesterone, a hormone needed to continue a pregnancy. Administration of progesterone often overrides the chemical effects of mifepristone.
Democrats lawmakers in Colorado had, through their legislative acts, threatened doctors, nurses, and pharmacists if they cooperated with the treatment, creating a situation where they could be punished for doing that.
The judge's decision ruled that Colorado lawmakers essentially targeted the treatment, by ignoring other "unscientific medical practices," the report explained. He also pointed out that regulators decided to review situations on a case-by-case basis, undermining the state's claim it applied broadly, not just to people exercising religious beliefs.
He also pointed out that lawmakers themselves admitted targeting faith-based organizations, quoting state Sen. Janice Marchman, a Loveland Democrat and bill sponsor, who said her goal was to regulate "faith-based organizations."