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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 23, 201711min48

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora were witnessing a dramatic increase in trash production within their jurisdictions, generated by their accumulating residents thanks to the large population boom. Meanwhile, land developers were seeking to eliminate the biggest resource for trash disposal, the Denver-Arapahoe disposal site at the Lowry Landfill, to make way for further development — and they set their sights on lobbying the Colorado Department of Health — heavily. Sounds like a clash waiting to happen, right?


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 7, 20179min74

As last month’s Women's March on Washington and the March for Life showed, Americans continue to have sharp differences over the abortion issue. On different days, organizers estimated 1 million people gathered in Washington, D.C. and more than 5 million worldwide to support gender equity issues, including the right to an abortion, followed by tens of thousands of demonstrators who marched up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court for the anti-abortion political rally. The debate, of course, extends to Congress, where majority Republicans quickly acted to pass a permanent ban on federal funding of abortions or health care coverage that includes the procedure. And in Colorado, three bills were introduced in the state Legislature that would either ban abortions or discourage women from receiving them. A resolution in support of access to reproductive health care passed the Colorado House of Representatives.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJanuary 26, 201712min69

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … Take that President Bill Clinton! With Chuck Berry presiding as Speaker of the Colorado House, the Republican majority House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee amended and then proceeded to methodically pass a contentious anti-abortion bill sponsored by state Rep. Barry Arrington, R-Arvada, to ban what he — backed by Christian conservatives who praised Arrington for the measure — called "partialbirth abortions." HB 97-1136, passed after an extensive cross examination by Arrington of Dr. Warren Hern, director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic. The bill made it a misdemeanor, punishable with jail time, for a physician to abort a fetus during a partial birth abortion.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 27, 20168min67

Colorado 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, stepped back into the abortion debate last week with her praise for a new Obama administration regulation that forbids states from withholding federal family planning services from low-income persons. DeGette said the regulation ensures "vital" health care for low-income women. DeGette is co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. Although the regulation ensures funding for health care providers of a variety of treatments and tests, the most controversial part refers to funds for Planned Parenthood affiliates that provide abortions. The Obama administration claimed authority for the rule under Title X of the 1970 Public Health Service Act.


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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 26, 20164min710

Recently there’s been a groundswell of support for legislation to right a four-decade wrong: a restriction using federal funds for women’s health care that has predominantly hurt the underprivileged. This ban, known as the Hyde Amendment, prohibits federal funds in Medicaid and other health programs from being used for abortions. Now the restriction stops this coverage for all federal employees, military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans on federal insurance and inmates in federal prisons.