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Rachel Hudson and her husband had their first serious discussion about leaving the country in the days following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion foreshadowing the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

They’d tossed the idea around previously with each passing headline: attacks on voting rights, book banning, gun violence, housing price inequities. But the 37-year-old Northglenn resident said the notion of having a Constitutional right stripped away — thereby allowing the government to legislate control over her body — was almost insurmountable.

“I feel safe in Colorado and very grateful to live here,” Hudson said. “But if those protections fall here, I’m ready to go… I try not to let myself dwell. But I am not sticking my head in the sand. Unless that sand is in Costa Rica, and we’ve moved to escape the insanity happening in the States.”

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago, meaning women of reproductive age don’t know life before the landmark ruling guaranteed the right to an abortion. If the court overturns Roe this month as expected, abortion will remain legal in Colorado after lawmakers enshrined the right in state law in April.

Polling has shown the majority of Coloradans, like the majority of all Americans, support abortion rights, and voters in this state have rejected bans or limits on abortion five times since 2008.

But knowing the procedure will be outlawed immediately in large swaths of the country if Roe falls — and could be banned nationwide by a future Republican-controlled Congress — weighs heavily on the Colorado women who are tired of toggling between rage and exhaustion over the threat to their bodily rights.

Dr. Sarah Nagle-Yang, a reproductive psychiatrist with Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, cares for women with mental health conditions centered around their reproductive health, from pregnant people to those struggling with menopause.

Lately, she’s hearing from women anxious about losing the full scope of their reproductive health options on top of so many other crises: a baby formula shortage, women balancing work and family during the pandemic, mothers with children too young to be vaccinated against COVID-19 who are dealing with health anxiety, and on and on and on.

“There’s been this ongoing period of so much uncertainty and fear and stress for so many people and, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News


Colorado women are mad as hell. And the looming Roe v. Wade decision is making it worse.

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