FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director ProgressNow Colorado Education at amy@progressnowcolorado.org

Denver: A strong coalition of organizations dedicated to protecting women’s health has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fight Colorado’s Amendment 67, which would ban all abortion.

“Colorado is ground zero for attacks on women’s rights. Every two years we face attempts to take away women’s rights,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado Education, speaking for the coalition comprised of ProgressNow Colorado Education, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). The “Personhood” initiative is on the ballot for the third time in eight years and would ban all abortion and many common forms of birth control. These initiatives are sponsored by Personhood USA, which is based in Colorado and works to pass similar laws around the country.

The campaign includes a video that outlines the realities of what Amendment 67 would mean for Colorado women and their families. While the initiative claims to “protect pregnant women,” it would actually criminalize them. By defining “person” and “child” in Colorado laws to include “unborn human beings,” the proposal would ban and criminalize ALL abortion in Colorado, including in cases of rape and incest, and even when the life of the mother is at risk. Further, based on these new legal definitions, women who suffer miscarriages could be investigated and charged with a felony as well.

“Colorado has been one of the safest places left in this country for women’s health. Colorado voters have said they value women’s rights and have voted these proposals down time after time. Amendment 67 would give a fertilized egg more rights than women. And that goes too far,” says Karen Middleton, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.

“Amendment 67 would create barriers for women to get the health care services they need,” says Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado. “In Colorado currently, women do not have to be in fear of being charged with a crime when they are getting life-saving health services. And doctors in Colorado are able to do their jobs: protect women’s health. Amendment 67 would reverse that.”

And Amendment 67 goes further than banning access to abortion services. “Amendment 67 would hurt all families in Colorado. It is so dangerous that it would restrict common types of birth control–even those that are shown to be most effective. In Colorado, we are seeing fewer unintended teen pregnancies because of access to birth control, like the IUD,” says Cristina Aguilar, Executive Director of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR).

Amy Runyon-Harms says, “We need to send a strong message for the third, and hopefully final, time. Coloradans believe in protecting women and that personal health care decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor–not the government. Once and for all Colorado voters will be saying–No Means No.”

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