Attempt to flip-flop on banning abortion misfires

Saturday March 22nd, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: In response to Cory Gardner’s shocking flip-flop away from his prior support for a total ban on abortion in Colorado, [link] including in cases of rape or incest, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, launched a statewide campaign demanding that Gardner stop misleading the voters.

View ProgressNow Colorado’s petition here.

“For years, Cory Gardner has proudly been on the fringe of the debate over women’s reproductive rights,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Gardner has repeatedly endorsed ballot measures and introduced legislation to ban all abortions in Colorado, making no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Gardner campaigned for Congress in 2010 on a platform of support for the notorious ‘Personhood’ abortion ban measure, which failed by over 70% of the vote that year.”

“In 2007, Gardner introduced a bill in the Colorado legislature to make abortion a class 3 felony,” said Runyon-Harms. “In 2008, Gardner proudly supported the first Personhood abortion ban, Amendment 48. He publicly announced his support for the 2010 Personhood abortion ban, Amendment 62, in a televised debate. In Congress in 2011, Gardner co-sponsored legislation to ‘redefine’ the crime of rape to restrict access to abortion by rape victims. And just last year, Congressman Gardner sponsored the Life at Conception Act: a near-clone of the Colorado Personhood abortion bans that would outlaw abortion beginning ‘at the moment of fertilization.'”

“It’s just surreal,” said Runyon-Harms. “Step right up to Con Man Cory Gardner’s game of revisionist history! What’s next? Will he start caring about the environment, public education, voting rights, and the poor?”

“Con Man Cory” Gardner’s Game of Revisionist History

  • 2006 – Received 100% rating from Colorado Right to Life stating he would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, support the Right to Life Act, and oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. (see image below)
  • 2006 – Voted against a bill that allowed pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraception (a bill later vetoed by Republican Governor Bill Owens). [link]
  • 2007 – As a state legislator, sponsored a bill to outlaw all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. [link]
  • 2007 – Voted against a bill requiring hospitals to inform the survivor of a sexual assault of the availability of emergency contraception. [link]
  • 2008 – “Personhood” initiative leader Kristi Brown (nee Burton) called Gardner “one of our main supporters”.
  • 2009 – Voted against the Birth Control Protection Act as a state legislator. [link]
  • 2010 – Proudly supported the so-call “Personhood” measure at a 9NEWS debate, even circulating petitions to help get it on the ballot. [link]
  • 2010 – Received a 100% rating from the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado for his support of “Personhood”, his opposition to gay rights, and his support of posting the 10 Commandments in public buildings. [Colorado Statesman, 5/28/10]
  • 2010 – Voted against a bill requiring insurance policies to cover maternity care and birth control. [link]
  • 2011 – Co-sponsored a bill to ‘redefine rape’. [link]
  • 2011 – Voted to bar funds for cancer screenings and reproductive health care services from Planned Parenthood. (Pence Amendment A085 to H.R. 1) [link]
  • 2011 – Voted for the “Let Women Die” Act. [link]
  • 2013 – Sponsored the Life at Conception Act. [link]

“Gardner now claims he ‘started to rethink’ banning abortion after 2010,” said Runyon-Harms, “when Colorado voters rejected Personhood by over 70%. But how can that be true when he just last year co-sponsored Personhood for the entire nation? It just doesn’t add up.”

“Once you know all the facts,” said Runyon-Harms, “it’s painfully obvious: Gardner is afraid of his anti-women record and is trying to run away from it. The only reason Gardner is pretending to ‘rethink’ this issue is he knows his record will repel women and independent voters. Gardner knows that Colorado women decided the last U.S. Senate election against Ken Buck in 2010, and he doesn’t want to share Buck’s fate.”

“But it’s too late,” Runyon-Harms said. “Colorado women know a cowardly flip-flop when they see one.”