State gives up on new law demanding abortions for women who don't want them

April 28, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A new state law that purported to demand abortions for women who don't want them apparently is too extreme even for Colorado, where lawmakers already have been so radical on the issue of destroying the unborn that they have declared they have no rights in the state – ever.

"Colorado’s attorney general ran away from this law once he realized the legislature had shot from the hip," explained Rebekah Ricketts, counsel at Becket. "Now that the state has promised under oath to act as if the law does not exist, women in Colorado will not be forced to undergo abortions they seek to reverse."

At issue was an attempt by majority Democrats in the Colorado legislature to make illegal any attempt by doctors to help save a pregnancy the mother wants, if she already had started the chemical abortion process.

The process of reversing a chemical abortion is highly successful and has been used around the world.

But pro-abortion Colorado lawmakers had wanted to punish doctors who would help patients with it, claiming such help was unprofessional conduct.

The Becket report explained a federal judge now has issued an order finding that Colorado’s new abortion pill law is on hold.

In the case, Bella Health and Wellness v. Weiser, "a Catholic non-profit medical clinic filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that made it illegal to offer women progesterone, a natural hormone commonly used to prevent miscarriage, to reverse the effects of the abortion pill," Becket reported.

"Two weeks ago, immediately after the law was signed, the court entered a temporary restraining order preventing the government from punishing providers for offering the hormone treatment. That order allowed an anonymous woman to continue abortion pill reversal treatment at Bella, and a second to begin receiving care at Bella soon after."

With the suspension of the court's original ruling pending, Colorado authorities gave up on defending the law.

They promised the court they will not enforce it "promising instead to act as if the law 'never existed.'"

The federal judge held that the state has "agreed to suspend any enforcement that would affect the plaintiffs" and "will not enforce the new Colorado law against any licensee" in the immediate future, the report said.

WND reported when the law was adopted that it was just the latest in the pro-abortion state where no abortion plan – before this – had gone too far.

Democrats had wanted to outlaw the common procedure that offers women a choice when they've already begun the chemical abortion process to halt its deadly impact.

The treatment addresses progesterone, a hormone vital to the maintenance of the unborn during pregnancy. The abortion drug mifepristone cuts off progesterone supplies to the unborn, effectively killing the baby. But if the mother is treated with progesterone, often her pregnancy can be saved.

The judge wrote, "It is true that ... SB 23-190 is now the law in Colorado. And it is unusual for the executive branch of government to commit to not enforcing the laws on its books. But … SB 23-190 is an unusual law, and I have no reason to doubt that the defendants' position is a good-faith effort to balance their obligations under that law with those under the Constitution while the rulemaking process plays out…"

He said the state is on a short leash to do what it has promised.

"This decision is based on the defendants' having made it clear to the court that the plaintiffs' current and planned activities do not subject them to the threat of enforcement in the imminent future. Should that change, the plaintiffs can bring a new motion."

He ordered the state to file a status report with the court "within two business days" of "any material action" regarding the law.

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