Thursday, March 9, 2023
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected] or Kayla Frawley, Legislative Director at [email protected]

Denver: Progress Now Colorado today applauded the introduction of the ‘Safe Access to Protected Health Care’ bill package in the 2023 Colorado General Assembly. The package includes legislation stopping disinformation and deceptive practices, such as the promotion of deceptive advertising and dangerous ‘abortion reversal; a shield law to protect abortion providers and patients; and a bill to increase insurance coverage for reproductive health care.

“Because of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe, Colorado voters turned out on abortion rights for the midterms,” said ProgressNow Executive Director Sara Lu Loflin. “It was their top issue and they gave our policymakers a clear mandate to strengthen abortion access in this state. And with the escalating attack on trans people, it’s clear we need to protect gender-affirming care as well. This package of bills will ensure patients can access care, and providers can offer it, without fear, threats, lies, or intimidation from anti-abortion bullies in other states or even here in Colorado.

With the horror stories from abortion ban states and attacks on LGBTQ folks getting worse every day, Coloradans expect their representatives to take action. We must increase access, prevent deceptive, dangerous practices like ‘abortion reversal’, and protect patients from anti-abortion zealots.

The Safe Access to Protected Health Care bill package is both good politics and good policy. As the first state to allow legal abortion, Colorado has never been afraid to be bold and lead on abortion rights. The time is now to continue that leadership.”