A divisive abortion proposal suggested by Colorado Democrats was scuttled before it could come to a vote.
Senate Democrats abandoned their own proposal Wednesday amid fears they wouldn't have the votes to pass the measure, which would have banned any state regulation of reproductive rights.
At least one Democrat had public concerns about the measure and all Republicans planned to vote against it. Democrats hold a slim one-seat majority in the Senate, so passage of the measure wasn't a sure thing.
Republicans and religious conservatives watching the debate applauded when Democrats abandoned the proposal. Opponents including the Catholic Archbishop of Denver feared the bill could threaten even basic health regulations on reproductive care.
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