“It’s important for our community to know who this guy is ... and that he’s bad news for Pueblo,” she said.
Beyond that, Axworthy urged pro-life people to pray and fast so that the abortion clinic does not open, and contact their elected officials, especially the mayor, whom she said “could shut this down if he wanted to.”
CNA reached out to Carhart’s organization for comment but did not receive a response.
A July 2022 article from the Pueblo Chieftain reported that in 2015, Pueblo’s Planned Parenthood location closed when its lease was not renewed. While the Pueblo location was not a surgical or medication abortion site, it did provide informed consent counseling for women who were scheduled to have an abortion at another location, the Chieftain reported. Colorado has numerous abortion clinics, the closest to Pueblo being the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
Colorado was the first state in the nation to decriminalize abortion. The initial legislation, signed into law in 1967, allowed abortion in certain limited cases: rape, incest, or a prediction of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or mother. Six years later, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade declared abortion a constitutional right nationwide.
Roe v. Wade is now overturned, but earlier this year Colorado passed a law that stipulated that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.” The new law codified a right to abortion for the full 40 weeks of pregnancy, for any reason, securing Colorado’s place as one of the most permissive states in the U.S. when it comes to abortion.
There is also no waiting period for an abortion in Colorado and no residency requirement. Already, Colorado is home to Warren Hern, an abortionist who has been active in Boulder since 1975, and publicly accepts patients seeking late-term abortions from anywhere in the world.
Abortion providers in Colorado have positioned themselves as a destination for women seeking abortions, particularly women who live in states that have or plan to impose restrictions on abortion. Several of Colorado’s immediate neighbors, including Utah, Arizona, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, have significant abortion restrictions in place that are now in force following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. These include complete bans on abortion in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Utah, though Utah’s ban is currently blocked in court.
In recent years, reports have emerged of large numbers of women traveling to Colorado from nearby states such as Texas to obtain abortions — Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains at one point had a prominent banner on its homepage welcoming women traveling from Texas to obtain abortions. And although New Mexico is closer to Texas, Colorado has three times as many abortion clinics as does New Mexico.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains told CBS News Colorado in August that in the months since the overturning of Roe, their facilities have seen a 270% increase in out-of-state patients seeking abortion.
Jonah McKeown is a staff writer and podcast producer for Catholic News Agency. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked as a writer, as a producer for public radio, and as a videographer. He is based in St. Louis.