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Planned Parenthood & Protect Families Protect Choice Host Annual Pro-Choice Lobby Day on Feb. 26

Birth Control Protection Act to be focal lobby initiative

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Monica McCafferty
303.813.7732
720.475.0289

Published: | Updated: 02.24.09

(Denver, Colo) — Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider, along with its Protect Families Protect Choice coalition partners, invite the public to attend annual Pro-Choice Lobby Day.   

 

Lobby Day is an educational, informative experience that offers participants a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at how the legislative process works.  The day kicks-off at 9 a.m. with a welcome breakfast at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver.  Participants will receive training on the fundamentals of lobbying and be briefed on the Birth Control Protection Act, the day’s focal initiative.  Participants will walk to the State Capitol at 11 a.m. where they will have the chance to view the legislature in session and meet with elected officials.  The day concludes with a group dialogue and lunch at noon.  PPRM and PFPC will provide complimentary meals.

 

The BCPA, or Senate Bill 225, was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly on Feb. 18 by Senator Betty Boyd and aims to distinguish birth control from abortion.  The bill was created in response to Amendment 48, which voters defeated during the November 2008 election.  This failed measure proposed granting constitutional rights to a fertilized egg, including due process and inalienable rights.  It also could have made certain forms of contraceptives illegal.

 

“The BCPA is the first step toward ending the debate about birth control as a form of abortion," said Vicki Cowart, PPRM President and CEO.  “We believe this effort will discourage further attacks on safe, effective methods of contraceptives.”

 

Nationally, Colorado underperforms when it comes to contraception affordability and accessibility.  The state ranks 17th in service availability, 40th in laws and policies, 45th in public funding, and 40th in efforts to help women obtain contraceptive services and supplies and to use them consistently and correctly over time.  Colorado has the 22nd highest teenage pregnancy rate, according to 2006 data from the Guttmacher Institute, the National Center for Health Statistics and Contraceptive Technology.

“Lobby Day offers concerned citizens a chance to influence policy-makers at a time reproductive rights are not clearly defined,” said Cowart.  “Amendment 48 was a victory for us, but it was the dedicated hard work of supporters, volunteers and activists who made it possible.  We have no choice but to bring this new piece of legislation to the attention of our state legislators.”

 

The bill from here will go to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for review.  Its review date is not yet known. The public is encouraged to RSVP online via www.pprm.org or by contacting Katie Groke Ellis at (303) 813-7715 or Katie.groke@pprm.org. The deadline to register is Feb. 25 at 5 P.M.

Those who are not able to attend can follow live Twitter updates on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or PPRM’s blog at http://theactivist-pprm.blogspot.com/.

 

No prior lobby experience is necessary.

 

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been committed to providing affordable and confidential health care services; and teaching comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education and working to protect a woman’s right to choose.  Each year more than 125,000 women, men and teens visit its 29 health centers throughout Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming.  For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.

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