For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2021
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Laura K Chapin
Communications Consultant, Cobalt
COBALT STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT’S DECISION ON THE TEXAS VIGILANTE ABORTION BAN, SB 8
Denver – Cobalt today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas vigilante abortion ban, SB8:
“This law has been unconstitutional since the day it was proposed, much less enacted, and the Supreme Court should have struck it down entirely,” said Cobalt President Karen Middleton. “In the words of Justice Sotomayor, “The Court should have put an end to this madness months ago.”
“It is wrong that so many Texans have suffered from having their rights denied for more than three months. The majority of Americans, and the majority of Coloradans, strongly believe decisions about abortion belong between a pregnant person and their doctor. If the courts can no longer be counted on to protect Coloradans’ right to abortion, we must step in as a state and lead on abortion rights, just as we did in 1967, when we became the first state to decriminalize abortion care.
It is long past the time for Colorado to ensure access to a full spectrum of reproductive health care for all Coloradans, while providing a safe haven for pregnant people across the country who come here to access abortion. In addition to a proactive bill here with our partners at COLOR, Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and put those rights into federal law. ”
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.