Tuesday, August 19th 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at

DENVER: After a leading national political fact-checker determined that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner is not being truthful about legislation he continues to sponsor in Congress that would ban all abortions even in cases of rape or incest as well certain forms of birth control, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Gardner stop misleading the people of Colorado.

“Cory Gardner has been lying about his ongoing support for banning abortion and birth control from the beginning of his campaign for the U.S. Senate,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Gardner thought he could double-talk his way around his record, but each attempt to run from his past has backfired. Last Friday, simply confirmed what everyone already knows: Cory Gardner is lying about his support for the Personhood abortion bans. Right now, Gardner is a sponsor of legislation that would impose Personhood’s draconian ban on abortion and certain types of birth control across the entire nation.”

Soon after entering the U.S. Senate race, Cory Gardner told reporters that he couldn’t support the Personhood abortion bans “going forward,” having “learned” that the measure’s language conferring rights “at the moment of fertilization” could result in a ban on common forms of birth control. Federal legislation sponsored by Gardner called the Life at Conception Act contains the same language regarding the “moment of fertilization” that the Colorado Personhood abortion bans contained. In response to questions, Gardner’s campaign replied that the federal Life at Conception Act would result in “no change to contraception laws.”

The University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center’s project analyzed Gardner’s claims and the legislation in question, and concluded Friday that Gardner is misleading the public. The fact check of Gardner’s claims concluded, “voters in Colorado should know Gardner still supports a federal bill that would prompt the same concerns over birth control as the state measure he says he rejects on the same grounds.” [1]

“There is a very simple reason why Gardner is running from his longstanding support for the Personhood abortion bans, even lying about his continued support for federal legislation that would have the same effects,” said Runyon-Harms. “Gardner knows he is far from the mainstream on women’s health, just like other far-right politicians who attack women in off years than deny doing so at election time. Gardner is desperate to muddy the waters on this issue, because he knows that if voters in Colorado figure out the truth, his political career is over.”

“Enough is enough,” said Runyon-Harms. “It’s time for Gardner to admit that he has been lying about banning abortion–and whether he likes it or not, birth control–for months. It’s obvious now that Gardner is lying: that, or he has no idea what the legislation he supports would actually do. And either way, the people of Colorado deserve better.”