May 2, 2022

Media Contacts:

Aurea Bolaños Perea,
Strategic Communications Manager, COLOR

Laura K. Chapin
Communications Consultant, Cobalt


COLOR-Cobalt Statement On Release of Draft Opinion of Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade


Denver – Cobalt and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), who led on passing Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), released the following statement in response to release of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade:

“This is exactly what we feared and why it was so important for Colorado to protect the fundamental right to abortion in Colorado law with the Reproductive Health Equity Act,” said Cobalt President Karen Middleton. “We have warned legislators and the public alike that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v Wade, and this further confirms it. Regardless of what the Supreme Court ultimately decides with a final decision, because of RHEA Coloradans have the right to abortion access affirmed in our state law. This makes the urgent need to put the right to abortion in our Constitution in 2024 even more of a priority, and to hold accountable those who didn’t support abortion access with RHEA in 2022.”

“With this potential decision, this court is yet again showing it has no problem harming pregnant people across the country, particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, undocumented people, and those having difficulty making ends meet,” said Dusti Gurule, President and CEO of COLOR. “At the core of our movement for Reproductive Justice is community power. And our historic victory to protect our right to abortion – in the face of a hostile Supreme Court – is just the beginning.”

“This is why it was so important for Colorado to protect the fundamental right to abortion into law with the Reproductive Health Equity Act. While Coloradans’ rights are now protected, we won’t stop until every state follows our footsteps in codifying abortion access and reproductive rights into law.”