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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 24, 20173min342
This week the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation will finalize its merger with the Freedom Fund, which provides money to help women pay for abortions. The program will be called the Women’s Freedom Fund. The program was started in 1984 by the First Universalist Church of Denver to help women who were barred from abortion services […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 7, 20173min1700

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado isn’t just about abortion rights and reproductive rights; as part of that core mission, it champions women’s rights in general. And on Sept. 14, it is bringing one of the country’s more prominent feminist voices, award-winning author Rebecca Traister, to Denver to talk about women and society. A big topic, to be sure, but it’s a big country, so there’s a lot of ground to cover.

Traister will be featured speaker at a Women’s Leadership Council Lunch, and the discussion no doubt will touch on some of her published work. She penned 2010’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” about women and the 2008 presidential election, and more recently, “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.”

From a NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado press release:

Her interviews of Hillary Clinton during and after the 2016 campaign stand out as some of the most original and incisive articles about Hillary and the tumultuous 2016 political cycle itself. Traister has also written for the Washington Post and The New York Observer and has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist. She is a winner of the 2016 Hillman Prize for Analysis and Opinion Journalism.

The press release quotes NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton:

“Rebecca is one of the sharpest, most astute voices speaking truths about feminism and our changing political landscape … We are honored she will be joining us in Denver for what should be a great discussion on where we are now and where we go from here.”

Here are the event details:

WHAT: “All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women & The Rise of An Independent Nation” Discussion with author and feminist Rebecca Traister

WHERE: History Colorado, 1200 N. Broadway

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 14. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 


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Karen MiddletonKaren MiddletonAugust 15, 20176min770
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado executive director Karen Middleton
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For 50 years, Colorado has been a leader in protecting and expanding access to women’s health care — and in proving that being pro-choice on abortion rights is a political winner.

In April 1967, Colorado passed the nation’s first state law allowing safe, legal abortion. It was a bipartisan bill, passed in a majority-Republican legislature. In recent years, the state has emerged as a model for dramatically reducing unintended teen pregnancies by expanding access to long-acting reversible contraception and supporting policies to expand access to reproductive health care information and resources.

Access to reproductive health care is both good economic policy and an exercise in personal liberty, something Coloradans strongly believe in.

As Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” The Casey opinion also reaffirmed the rights found in the Roe decision, stating “Roe determined that a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy is a ‘liberty’ protected against state interference by the substantive component of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Seven in ten Americans back Roe v. Wade, and that number holds all across the states, from the reddest part of Kansas to the bluest part of New York, including the districts some appear to be worrying about. Standing firm on the ability to make a personal decision about women’s access to abortion care without interference from politicians is even stronger.

If you want to focus on winning elections, we are a national model. In a state split evenly between Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters, we have tested this theory across three elections — including two mid-terms — with attempts to overturn abortion rights via “personhood” ballot measures. Every time, anti-choice efforts have failed by landslide margins statewide, including  in Douglas County by  60-40 in 2014. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected attempts to restrict abortion and reproductive rights, and in 2017 we passed measures increasing access to contraception, which received national accolades.

At a time when we are seeking pro-choice Republicans to step forward as candidates, it is troubling to see national Democrats signaling a willingness to compromise on the issue of anti-choice Democratic candidates. Among voters, we can identify clear majorities that support choice on both sides of the aisle.

Our message is simple: Leave the decision to the women, their families, their faith and their doctors. Do not attempt to restrict access to abortion care. This is not a litmus test. It is a civil-rights issue.

The voters don’t want it. Voters can differentiate between the right of an individual to make a decision on abortion, and the government making it for her. It’s not a matter of belief. It’s a matter of laws and public policy.

Bluntly, Republicans recognize being anti-choice is a losing proposition. Sen. Cory Gardner ceded the issue in 2014 when he pretended to be pro-choice and denied the existence of a federal personhood bill he co-sponsored. Gardner has since cast multiple anti-choice votes in Congress. But he knew if he campaigned on being anti-choice, he would lose.

This is where the argument that there are “some districts” where you cannot be pro-choice falls apart. There is no data to support that. When will we stop treating an issue with 70 percent support as controversial?

In 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado has seen a lot of battles over abortion rights. Our organization grew out of bipartisan support for legalizing abortion in 1967, so we are somewhat of an authority on the subject. We know Coloradans are with us. And we believe in holding candidates and public officials accountable on supporting our Constitutional right to choose abortion.

And we will keep doing that — for Republicans and Democrats alike.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 21, 20178min137

A former Democratic elected official is accusing Levi Tillemann, an Aurora Democrat, of acting as a congressional candidate when he was operating an exploratory committee to determine whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a five-term Republican, in Colorado's 6th Congressional District. But Tillemann, one of three Democrats running for the swing seat, said his conduct has been well within the limits of federal election law and then opened up a fresh attack on Jason Crow, one of his primary opponents, for legal work the attorney has performed in recent years.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min94

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 5, 20176min2362

State Senate Republicans introduced a sweeping bill on Monday adapted from similar efforts across the country that would establish new rules around abortion services in Colorado with an eye to lowering the number of abortions performed in the state. The bill sped into committee Wednesday, leaving opponents playing catch up. NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado called a hasty tele-press conference before the hearing, sounding warnings against the bill. “This is literally ten elements of anti-choice legislation pushed by national groups like Americans United for Life all jammed into one bill,” said executive director Karen Middleton.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 10, 20177min65
Democrats early Friday morning shot down a trio of bills pushed by abortion opponents following an 11-hour marathon hearing that saw an effort to reverse abortions. The bills that were rejected by the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on party-line votes included: House Bill 1086, sponsored by Reps. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, which […]

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