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Colorado Voters Soundly Defeat Dangerous Anti-Choice Amendment for Second Time, Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) applauds the defeat in Colorado of a ballot initiative that could have eliminated a woman’s ability to make the most personal, private decisions about her health care.  Amendment 62, which could have extended legal and constitutional rights to fertilized eggs and could have outlawed abortion and several forms of contraception, was defeated by a decisive 7129 percent margin.

It is the second time in recent years that Colorado voters have overwhelmingly rejected the extreme proposed measure that could have created far-reaching consequences, affecting an estimated 20,000 state laws.

“By rejecting Amendment 62, Colorado voters have again sent a strong and clear message that personal, private health care decisions should be made by women, their doctors, and their families, not by politicians,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards. “Voters want policies that improve access to health care, not take it away.”

Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood Amendment,” sought to ban all abortions, even for victims of rape or incest, and when a woman’s life is at risk. It also could have also resulted in a ban on emergency contraception and common forms of birth control, as well as blocking the use of in vitro fertilization, among other reproductive health services. Put simply, Amendment 62 could have seriously endangered women’s health and family privacy.

The sponsors of Amendment 62, Personhood Colorado, are part of a national organization, Personhood USA. The group is also working to introduce similar ballot initiatives in other states in upcoming elections.

“The overwhelming rejection of Amendment 62  in a moderate state like Colorado sends a strong message to other states that are considering similar ‘personhood’ initiatives: Voters know a threat to privacy and women’ s health when they see one,” said Richards.  

Nearly 70 state and national organizations joined the NO on 62 Coalition this year, including doctors, nurses, medical researchers, attorneys, faith and religious leaders, civil liberties advocates and community and health advocacy organizations.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was a part of the NO on 62 Coalition and played an important role in educating voters all over Colorado about the dangerous and extreme impact of Amendment 62, and persuading voters to reject Amendment 62.

“We are so grateful for this victory in defeating Amendment 62,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. “This vote demonstrates that Colorado trusts women, and we are a state that supports women and their families, and we want policies that support women and their families.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 825 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.



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Planned Parenthood Federation of America Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 11.03.10

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