SB23-190, in brief, makes it illegal to falsely claim you provide abortions or emergency contraceptives (section 2), and unprofessional conduct (at least for doctors) to give Medication Abortion Reversal (MAR).
It was amended to allow the state health boards to counteract it if they all felt so inclined by Oct 1, but this is a silly and useless amendment. As Rep. Marshall pointed out, (see below), the boards already have the jurisdiction to decide what is unprofessional conduct, we don't need the legislature to do this, and in fact, they should never play scientist like this.
I've read the bill in its entirety (it isn't too long), but the summary covers sections 2 and 3 well. (if you wish to see the amended version, click summary then whichever the top PDF link is.) I do recommend that you read through section 1 even though it isn't the part which would become law.
Here's my list for 3-28 committee questions.
Still check Bill History on this page to see if it ever says "became law".
Gov. Polis signed the bill, but also issued a rebuke to the legislature for "legislating the practice of medicine". There may be some inaccuracies in that rebuke, which I am investigating because they may have bearing on the following.
Colorado Sun reported on the 04-15 Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). The TRO was granted for relief until the full case against the bill can be heard.
Third Hearing (Audio - look for 7:11:43 PM SB23-190 on the right)
Senator Marchman, one of the sponsors, said "Time is of the essence in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Don't slow them down! Don't interfere with them, all while shaming them and projecting your stigma on them!". If time really was of the essence, why is abortion legal through all 9 months of pregnancy in CO? Why is there no sense of hurry unless opponents are involved?
Senator Faith Winter, another sponsor, said "Trying to persuade people to change their minds about their healthcare decision is a violation of autonomy, and it can be downright dangerous." Note that decision was in the singular, so refers to abortion.
Winter: "No rigorous scientific evidence outside of a regulated study setting"
House Judiciary (recording) #
Here is the link to Find your Representative(s). Let them know they have to honestly think about these questions and urge them to strike section 3 (re-propose amendment 11 that failed in the Senate).
Sign up link to testify in committee hearing(s).
check Governor's Bill Tracker.
Add any questions I missed or that you think should also be answered to https://hedgedoc.envs.net/HxPT-98BQnWCpQVcSMYaww , and if you know the answers to the "citation needed" items, please also fill those in.