For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2021

For More Information:
Karen Middleton, President

Laura K Chapin
Communications Consultant, Cobalt



Denver – This morning, the Supreme Court announced they will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. This case could overturn Roe v. Wade, and a decision is expected in late June of 2022. It is significant because according to Roe pre-viability bans are unconstitutional, and the lower courts have agreed – which means this case is a direct challenge to the Constitutional right to abortion established in Roe. 

Cobalt President Karen Middleton issued the following statement:

“Coloradans overwhelmingly support abortion rights. The constitutional rights established in Roe are fundamentally part of our Colorado values. We have repeatedly and soundly defeated every attempt to ban abortion both at the ballot box and in the General Assembly.

“Today’s news demonstrates why we fought Trump’s Supreme Court nominees so fiercely. This is the threat we have been warning about for years. Dobbs v. Jackson is a direct attack on the right established by the Supreme Court in Roe, and the highest court’s decision next year will have perilous ramifications at both the practical and political level. The significance of this court ruling cannot be overstated. 

“As an organization, we intend to do everything within our power to protect abortion rights in Colorado. We will hold accountable those at both the state and federal level who do not strongly and loudly act to protect our Constitutional right to access abortion.” 


Cobalt is a grassroots, statewide Colorado organization that advances abortion access and reproductive rights. Our organization began in 1967 when Colorado became the first state to allow safe, legal abortion. Cobalt believes nothing should stand between you and your health decisions, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for systems, structures and policies that protect reproductive rights and guarantee comprehensive, universal access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion.