On this day back in 1920, women across America had their voting rights permanently secured via ratification of the 19th Amendment. But Colorado was already decades ahead–women secured the right to vote here in 1893. You may not know that Colorado was also ahead of the nation in protecting women’s health care rights. In 1967, Colorado became the first state to modernize our reproductive choice laws. Colorado protected women’s rights years before Roe v. Wade.

This Women’s Equality Day, women in this state are under attack. And we need you to fight back.

The right wing likes to say the “war on women” is a myth. I wish that were true; the war on women is real. Right now, the right’s candidate for the U.S. Senate, Cory Gardner, is sponsoring a bill in Congress to ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. Just this past weekend, gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said in a news interview that the only exception he favors is to protect “the life of the mother”–meaning he would also sign an abortion ban even in cases of rape or incest. [1]

These are not Colorado values. Every time Colorado voters have been asked to protect women’s rights, we’ve done so in overwhelming numbers. It’s time to face facts: the right wing is waging a war on women. It’s their agenda–we’re not making it up.

And these men are out of touch with the voters of Colorado, men and women, who have rejected abortion bans over and over.

Despite the extreme stands of both Gardner and Beauprez on women’s health, the polls show both of them are very close in their races. Between now and Election Day, ProgressNow Colorado’s job is to make sure every voter in our state understands what’s at stake this fall, and the serious consequences of making the wrong decision.

We need you to stand with us. Now. Click here to throw in $20, $50, or whatever you can to help fight off the very real threat Gardner and Beauprez represent to women.

Thank you. Our state has a proud history leading the way in securing rights for women. With your help, we’ll protect and reaffirm that legacy this November.


Amy Runyon-Harms