Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Statement by VP of Public Affairs Cathy Alderman
DENVER – “While the war on women rages on, it is a breath of fresh air to see amendments to the state’s long bill that illustrate the double-standard placed on women’s health.
“In public policy, women’s health care services are often unfairly targeted and singled out. Amendments 40 and 41 offer a sharp role reversal in what can be characterized as the stigmatization of women’s health.
“Amendment 41 clarifies that the state prohibition on public funding of abortion may not be applied to birth control. This amendment addresses the blurring line of contraception as defined by anti-choice politicians. It is not uncommon for anti-choice lawmakers to falsely state that birth control methods like emergency contraception act as abortifacients.
“We also commend Rep. Pabon (D-4) for introducing Amendment 40, which by prohibiting certain types of male health care services, highlights the inequitable nature of women’s health as it pertains to public policy.
“Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains applauds efforts by Reps. Pabon, Duran, Labuda, Field, Tyler, Hullinghorst and McCann in bringing forth these amendments.
“We’ve seen numerous attempts at the state level to bring the war on women to Colorado. These amendments are an attempt to say, ‘enough is enough.’ Let’s stop attacking women’s health. It’s time to trust women and focus on policies that really support Colorado women and their families.”
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 28 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. 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.
April 11, 2012