FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 9, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]
DENVER: As the Republican Study Committee of Colorado’s so-called “hearing” into discredited undercover videos attacking Planned Parenthood wrapped up today, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, condemned this waste of lawmakers’ time that produced absolutely no new information or evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood or any other organization.
“Like the GOP’s ridiculous show hearings in Washington, D.C., Colorado Republicans have proven once again today that the ‘war on women’ is alive and well in our state,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “There’s a very good reason why Governor Hickenlooper, the state public health department, and nearly every other state agency declined to attend today’s sham ‘hearing’–in addition to Planned Parenthood. The so-called ‘Republican Study Committee of Colorado’ has no authority whatsoever to investigate anyone, and this all-day waste of time produced no new information. There is still no evidence that Planned Parenthood broke any law, and the people of Colorado support the lifesaving medical research performed by Colorado State University and other leading educational institutions.”
According to Sen. Kevin Lundberg, the chairman of today’s RSCC “informational hearing,” Colorado State University, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and many others requested to “testify” declined to do so. Instead, the hearing consisted almost entirely of representatives from the anti-abortion organization Alliance Defending Freedom. A representative from the Colorado Attorney General’s office explained that their organization has no authority to “investigate” Planned Parenthood and has received no request from Gov. Hickenlooper’s office to commence an investigation.
“Politically, this sham ‘hearing’ is a huge mistake for Colorado Republicans who are showing their true anti-abortion colors just as a major election season is about to get underway,” said Runyon-Harms. “When right-wing politicians try to claim there is no threat to women’s health and access from right-wing politicians in Colorado, today’s hearing is a reminder of how wrong they are. The voters of Colorado are tired of being lied to and manipulated by Republicans over abortion rights. Those rights, as we saw again today, are under constant attack–and we have to fight to protect them year after year.”