‘Labyrinth of restrictions’
Colorado is one of seven states that does not bar some abortions past a specific point in pregnancy
, according to data from the abortion-rights research group the Guttmacher Institute
. Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s office shows that women from over
30 states have traveled to Colorado to access abortions
Those out-of-state abortion-seekers show “that care needs to be shored up in other states so that it’s more accessible, but also that Colorado is important in the landscape of abortion access nationally,” Elizabeth Nash, the interim associate director of state issues at Guttmacher, CNN에 말했다.
Louisiana’s ballot measure, 그 동안에, exemplifies how there are “a lot of layers to how they have developed their labyrinth of restrictions,” 그녀가 말했다.
The Louisiana ballot measure marks another attempt by the state to restrict abortion
. 그만큼 US Supreme Court struck down in June a Louisiana restriction barring doctors from performing the procedure unless they had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital
, and a decision from a federal appellate court prevented the state’s “heartbeat” abortion ban passed last year from going into effect
, government affairs counsel at Americans United for Life
, pointed to the Supreme Court case in which Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal justices to strike down the Louisiana law but also left the door open to more state limits on abortion
“우리는 희망적입니다 (the Supreme Court will) continue to do is to hand this back to the state so that states can decide what’s appropriate for them, that we’ll see lawmakers and more states doing this kind of thing,” 그녀가 말했다.
루이지애나: Lawmaker moved to act
State Sen. Katrina Jackson
, an anti-abortion Democrat who co-sponsored the Senate bill that ultimately landed Louisiana’s constitutional amendment on the ballot
, told CNN that she was moved to act after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled last year that the state’s constitution ensured a right to an abortion
If a state constitution is interpreted as ensuring a right to an abortion, 그녀는 주장했다, it could then be interpreted to ensure a right to a state-funded abortion.
Jackson said that she has promoted the amendment on social media and by traveling around the state, and that many anti-abortion groups and churches have backed it. Supporters, 잭슨이 말했다, realize that they won’t be able to ban abortion in Louisiana at this point because of Supreme Court rulings.
“But where we do stand is we don’t recognize the right to it, and therefore we do not fund abortion in our state — and that’s the entire goal of this amendment,” 그녀가 말했다.
Angie Thomas, associate director of the Louisiana Right to Life, said that the group’s campaign supporting the amendment has included TV commercials, a website, social media advertising and yard signs.
“We’ve been really getting the word out about exactly what this amendment does, exactly what it doesn’t do and just encouraging people to vote for it,” 그녀가 말했다.
Abortion rights supporters have warned the measure could have serious consequences.
“When we’re talking about changing the constitution to strip people of the right to abortion, we’re also really talking about what that means for survivors of rape and incest,” said Michelle Erenberg, executive director of Lift Louisiana, a reproductive rights nonprofit that’s part of a coalition against the amendment. “We’re also talking about what that means for … the criminalization of people who may be seeking to self-manage an abortion if they can’t access a legal abortion in the state of Louisiana anymore.”
Erenberg said she worries that Barrett’s nomination means abortion rights advocates won’t be able to rely on the Supreme Court to strike down anti-abortion laws.
“To me it feels like maybe there was some complacency among people in Louisiana, 그, '오, the Louisiana politicians can pass these crazy laws, but you know, they’ll be stopped in court,'” 그녀가 말했다. “Well that may not necessarily be the case.”
Steffani Bangel, executive director of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, called the amendment “a slippery slope,” outlining possible scenarios in a world in which Roe is overturned.
“The reality is that people in our communities are going to suffer in ways that are immeasurable because abortion doesn’t go away,” 그녀가 말했다.
콜로라도: Supporters and opponents mobilize
For co-sponsor Giuliana Day, the 22-week abortion ban on the Colorado ballot represents a year and a half of community activism since she first learned the state didn’t have a time limit on abortion.
“It’s been an incredible mobilization of people that are on fire about Proposition 115,” Day said, referencing “an army of volunteers.” “And I’ve been getting together in the communities and delivering flyers and information, because the main thing is to inform people.”
The ballot measure comes on the heels of a slew of other states’ bills last year that tried to limit abortion to various time frames. Day said the Colorado measure has “no relationship” to other states’ full abortion bans or bills pertaining to fetal personhood.
Day called Colorado’s lack restrictions on abortions past a specific point in pregnancy “one of the darkest secrets in the state,” and said that to her and fellow supporters, Proposition 115 이다 “the human rights issue of our lifetime.”
The campaign has gained support from anti-abortion Democratic groups and 위에 160 health care workers
, Day said
, adding that she’s optimistic it will pass
But opponents of the measure see the ban as a potential threat to abortion seekers’ 건강 — and abortion access in states nationwide.
Karen Middleton, executive director of reproductive rights group Cobalt, said her organization and several others formed a coalition in the spring to fight the proposed restrictions. They’ve used TV, digital media, 이메일, texts, phone calls and direct mail.
“If we’re able to talk to voters and really get a message, our message, in front of them about how harmful this could be, we believe it will move in our favor. We believe we will be able to defeat this, but it is very close to call,” 그녀가 말했다.
Several high-profile Democratic Colorado politicians have opposed the measure
, including Gov
. Jared Polis
, 이것의. Michael Bennet
, and Senate candidate and former Gov
. John Hickenlooper
Middleton criticized the ballot measure’s lack of exceptions for rape and incest and said that regarding the exception in instances of life or death, “if you’re making a life or death decision, the life of the mother is already at extreme risk.”
콜로라도, 그녀가 말했다, could be a test case for anti-abortion ballot initiatives in other states.
“If they think they can be successful, they will then run it in lots of other states,” Middleton said of abortion opponents. “So we really see from a national perspective, access to care is critical.”