Thursday, June 19th 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to an op-ed from Rep. Cory Gardner [1] calling for over-the-counter sales of birth control, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“This is really getting ridiculous,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “As a state legislator, Cory Gardner voted against the Birth Control Protection Act. Gardner even voted against a bill to allow pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraception. He voted to strip contraception funding from the state Medicaid program. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which serves women in rural Colorado. He opposed covering contraception as part of preventive health care without a co-pay. Today, he decided the best way to cover women’s health is to insult the intelligence of every voter in Colorado.”

“Not long ago, Cory Gardner circulated petitions for the dreaded ‘personhood’ abortion ban amendment,” said Runyon-Harms. “Today he says he opposes it. All Coloradans need to know is that they can’t trust Cory Gardner. Almost everything in Gardner’s op-ed is contradicted by something in his record. To be honest, nothing Con Man Cory says would surprise me at this point.”

“Coloradans need elected officials we can trust,” said Runyon-Harms. “Not politicians who try to con us into believing their lies just long enough to get elected.”