DENVER – “It is disappointing to see the Colorado House advance a bill that if passed, would harm women and limit the health care services they currently depend on.
“Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains supports existing Colorado laws that already prohibit and severely punish criminal acts that result in the termination of a woman’s pregnancy. We also denounce violence against women. Unfortunately, this bill will not prevent violence against pregnant women. It will, however, open the door to difficult constitutional issues Colorado voters resoundingly rejected in the 2008 and 2010 elections when Amendments 48 and 62, the so-called “personhood” amendments, were defeated.
“Colorado voters have clearly spoken on this issue and know that such measures under the guise to help women are actually harmful to women. Even the lawmakers behind this measure made it clear in today’s committee hearing that they have no desires to protect pregnant women through this bill.
“Planned Parenthood will continue to advocate for the defeat of HB-1130 when it moves to the Senate.”
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.
March 16, 2012