Positions Colorado as a leader in reproductive rights
Published: | Updated: 04.22.09
Denver – Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains applauds the passage of Senate Bill 09-225, the Birth Control Protection Act, signed into Colorado state law by Gov. Bill Ritter on April 16.
The BCPA defines contraceptives or contraception as any medically acceptable drug, device, or procedure used to prevent pregnancy.Before now, a clear definition of birth control did not exist in Colorado law, allowing the debate around abortion to extend to safe, effective methods of birth control.The bill was proposed in response to increasing attacks on birth control, of such nature like Amendment 48, which voters defeated during the November 2008 election
“By legally defining birth control, we can end the debate that confuses contraception with abortion,” said Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains CEO and President, Vicki Cowart. “Ninety-eight percent of sexually active women in the U.S. use contraception at some point during their life.We’re pleased this fundamental right that ensures women access to safe, effective forms of contraception is now protected.”
The signing of the BCPA, which gives statutory status to birth control, positions Colorado as a leader in reproductive rights and among other states that have safe guarded contraception.The BCPA was originally sponsored by Sen. Betty Boyd of Lakewood and former state Rep. Anne McGihon of Denver.
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 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.