Wednesday, February 12, 2020
CONTACT: Fawn Bolak, Communications Director at [email protected]

DENVER: After over seven hours of testimony, the Colorado House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee killed two Republican anti-abortion bills on party-line votes yesterday. House Bill 20-1068 would have required physicians to “preserve the life” of a child “born alive” after an abortion procedure, imposing a medically inappropriate burden on doctors under threat of imprisonment. Already this year there have been more than a dozen “born alive” bills introduced in state legislatures across the country.

Former Mayor of New York City and controversial personal attorney for President Trump, Rudy Guiliani, personally weighed in on House Bill 1068 in response to a tweet by Jeff Hunt of the Centennial Institute, a Denver-based religious conservative advocacy group. Answering Giuliani’s misguided and misinformed comments, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

“In Colorado, conservative pundits like Jeff Hunt are drawing from the same stale anti-abortion playbook as Donald Trump by doubling down on false, inflammatory rhetoric about abortion later in pregnancy,” said Fawn Bolak of ProgressNow Colorado. “There are already laws in place to protect newborns, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Bills like House Bill 1068 do nothing but demonize pregnant women and abortion providers. Spreading this false narrative is just another feeble attempt by far-right conservatives to scare up support ahead of an election they are set to lose.”