What does it mean to nullify Roe v. Wade for Colorado?

DENVER (KDVR) — The shock of a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court may be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade is reverberating across the country, forcing states to prepare for the eventuality that abortion access is spotty across the United States.

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the draft Tuesday and ordered an investigation into what he called an “egregious breach of trust.”

Now the focus shifts to which states have or will codify a woman’s right to abortion, and which states will ban the procedure within their borders.

Colorado cemented a woman’s right to abortion when Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law nearly a month ago. The bill establishes that people have the fundamental right to use or refuse contraception and that every pregnant person has the right to continue her pregnancy and give birth or have an abortion.

The bill also states that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus has no independent or derivative rights” under Colorado state law.

In the fall of 2021, Colorado abortion providers noted an increase in the number of women driving thousands of miles for abortion procedures in Denver after Texas passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

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