Many are questioning how women’s abortion rights are being impacted after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Since this ruling, state laws have varied across the nation. In Colorado, however, there are no restrictions on abortion access.  

What Did Roe v Wade Really Do?

The Supreme Court had initially ruled it a constitutional right for women to receive elective abortions in 1978. However, in June of 2022, this was overruled. The Supreme Court stated it should be the states and the people that decide on this matter for themselves.  

The state’s elected representatives will now select which laws will be practiced in the region. Essentially, this gives the power back to the people more directly, allowing them to choose delegates who will speak on their behalf. Representing their views and making their voices heard.

What Does This Overruling Mean for Women?

Depending on where a woman resides will influence what her options are. As previously stated, these laws can vary significantly among different states.

In Colorado, the law currently states, “…every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion….”

Lawmakers are moving quickly, and these laws are subject to change depending on that state’s stance on abortion, so rules governing this matter may be accordingly adjusted. For example, Colorado had a bill introduced within the past two years that stated, “The bill prohibits any person from intentionally or recklessly performing or attempting to perform an abortion on a person if the gestational age of the fetus is 22 weeks or older except in limited circumstances.”

What Risks Should I Be Aware of if Contemplating an Abortion?

As a starting point, women find it helpful to consider all their options by discussing with a trusted provider what might be right for them and their unique story. Some physical and emotional risks of abortion that should be discussed with your provider or pregnancy center staff are:

  • Incomplete abortion, which can necessitate a surgical abortion.
  • An ongoing pregnancy.
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding.
  • Infection and Fever.
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Guilt

Questions on What This Means for You?

We know it can still be overwhelming and confusing to make this decision. We’re here to help support and empower you with the education and confidence you need to move forward. Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment to understand all your options. To serve you better, we offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasound imaging. The PRC of Glenwood Springs does not perform or refer for abortion. We welcome you to ask questions and gain the understanding you seek while we provide the answers and care you deserve.

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