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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 7, 20174min418

A bipartisan Colorado bill that would make it easier for women in one visit to the pharmacy to collect more of their prescription contraception in order to be guarded against pregnancy for longer stretches of time. The bill arrives as part of a legislative trend sweeping state capitals coast to coast that would give women greater control of their reproductive health. It’s a trend that may act as a hedge against cutbacks in contraception that might come of Trump-era conservative health policies.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 2, 201721min308

Next week, a Czech ensemble, Cirk La Putyka, brings its contemporary take on the circus to the stage, blurring the lines between acrobatics, dance, puppetry and music, and a couple weeks after that it’s the boisterous “Hello, Dolly!” musical that’ll be filling the theater’s seats for a two-week run. But last Saturday, Feb. 18, it was legislative updates and a lively, pointed exchange about public policy that drew a civic-minded crowd to the Lakewood Cultural Center. “There’s this thing called the Kennedy rule,” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said with a smile and then gestured toward the state representative, his former campaign manager, who stood a few feet away on the unevenly lit stage. “Chris Kennedy can claim it, but it’s really John Kennedy. And the Kennedy Rule came into play earlier this morning, where you pick a venue slightly smaller than the crowd you expect.”


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 27, 20168min297

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, 20164min372

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.