Parents Against Personhood & SisterSong Join Colorado Doctors & Women To Detail Dangers of Amendment 67

For More Information:
Cara DeGette
Communications Director
720-979-4385

October 10, 2014
Press Release / For Immediate Release

 

Parents Against Personhood & SisterSong Join Colorado Doctors & Women
To Detail Dangers of Amendment 67

Parents Against Personhood founder Atlee Breland and SisterSong Executive Director Monica Simpson, joined doctors and women today in Denver to highlight the impacts on reproductive healthcare that would be one of the dangerous consequences Amendment 67 would have on women and their doctors in Colorado.

Amendment 67, on the statewide ballot, would make any abortion a crime, including in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s health is at risk. It would restrict access to common forms of birth control and make pregnant women and their doctors subject to criminal investigation, including when a woman has a miscarriage. It would also ban in-vitro fertilization and infertility treatments for women who want to have families.

“While the organizers of Amendment 67 primarily intend to ban all abortion, including for rape, incest, and pregnancy complications, the language is so broadly written that it would also affect contraception, infertility treatment, and pregnancy loss,” said Breland, who played a key role in defeating a “personhood” measure in Mississippi in 2011. 

“By criminalizing any activity which can potentially harm a zygote, embryo, or fetus, Amendment 67 would prevent doctors from performing IVF or prescribing commonly used infertility medications, and jeopardize availability of birth control measures such as IUDs. Both doctors and women would be exposed to serious legal consequences.”

“Amendment 67 uses deliberately deceptive language to mislead Colorado voters,” said Dr. Ruben Alvero, a Colorado doctor of obstetrics and gynecology. “While it purports to protect pregnant women, it has the clear potential to harm women and their families.

“Amendment 67 is bad medicine for women and for Colorado.” 

Said Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz, a third-year OB/GYN resident in Colorado: “I became an OB/GYN because I wanted to provide women with safe and effective care during their most stressful times, but Amendment 67 would prevent me from practicing the medicine I’ve spent my life pursuing.” 

Jen Boulton, a Colorado woman who has suffered two ectopic pregnancies, and Gina Millan, a Coloradan who suffered a traumatic miscarriage, shared their personal stories during today’s press conference. Dr. Andrew Ross, an OB/GYN in private practice, also spoke about the far-reaching consequences Amendment 67 would have. 

Said Breland: “Infertility doctors and medical organizations universally oppose personhood and Amendment 67 because they understand the medical and legal issues of infertility treatment, and know that personhood just goes too far. Our hope to build families shouldn't be threatened by someone else's political agenda.”

“Parents Against Personhood believes that we should place our trust in the doctors who treat patients every day, and who are experts in the medical and legal issues, rather than politicians and special-interest groups who don't care about infertility. We encourage Colorado voters to trust patients and physicians, not political groups, to make family-building decisions, and to vote No on 67.”

Said Monica Simpson, of SisterSong, “Amendment 67 is a blow to reproductive justice -- and wrong for Colorado. It doesn't just go too far it's a violation of our reproductive freedom.”

Numerous respected and trusted national and Colorado medical organizations have joined the Vote NO 67 efforts in Colorado, including:

  • The Colorado Medical Society
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
  • National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • The Colorado Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

To arrange individual interviews with the participants of today’s press conference, contact Cara DeGette at 720-979-4385 or

VoteNO67.com

 

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Vote NO 67 To Highlight Doctors, Women, National Advocates For Reproductive Justice

For More Information:
Cara DeGette
Communications Director
720-979-4385

October 9, 2014
Media Advisory / Save The Date

 

Vote NO 67 To Highlight Doctors, Women, National Advocates For Reproductive Justice

Colorado Doctors To Detail How Amendment 67 Would Impede Healthcare Access; Women To Share Personal Stories of Pregnancies

 

What: Vote No 67 Press Conference

Where: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, 7155 E. 38
thAve, Denver, CO  80207

When: Friday, October 10, at 12:30 p.m.

Who:

  • Atlee Breland, founder of Parents Against Personhood, who played a key role in defeating the 2011 Mississippi “personhood” initiative. Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, a national group that works to educate women of color on reproductive justice and access to healthcare
  • Colorado-based doctors who will detail ways Amendment 67 would impede their ability to provide healthcare to women
  • Colorado women who will share their personal stories about how Amendment 67 would impact them should it pass.

Why:   To highlight the far-reaching and dangerous consequences Amendment 67 would have on Colorado women and their doctors. Amendment 67, on the statewide ballot, would make any abortion a crime, including in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s health is at risk. It would restrict access to common forms of birth control and make pregnant women and their doctors subject to criminal investigation, including when a woman has a miscarriage. It would also ban in-vitro fertilization treatment for women who want to have families.

Top-Level Colorado Political Leaders Join Vote NO 67 Campaign Efforts, Vow to Defeat Amendment 67

For more information:
Cara DeGette
Communications Director
720-979-4385

October 2, 2014
Press Release / For Immediate Release

 

Top-Level Colorado Political Leaders Join Vote NO 67 Campaign Efforts, Vow to Defeat Amendment 67

Today five top-level Colorado political leaders formally vowed to oppose Colorado’s Amendment 67 on the November ballot. Statements from U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Congressional District 6 candidate Andrew Romanoff follow.

Rep. Diana DeGette, Colorado CD1 and Co-Chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus
“There are many important reasons why Colorado voters should Vote NO on Amendment 67. Not only would Amendment 67 ban all abortions in all cases – no exceptions – it could restrict access to common forms of birth control. It goes so far as to ban in-vitro fertilization for women who want to have families. This is government interference at its worst. Giving full legal and constitutional rights to a woman’s fertilized egg would invite the government and the courts into the personal lives of women, and create endless litigation in broad and dangerous ways. Its explicit effect on criminal law and wrongful death statutes has serious consequences. Make no mistake. Amendment 67 would not protect pregnant women and their children. In fact, it would actually criminalize women during their most vulnerable times. Personal, private healthcare decisions are best left to a woman to decide with her doctor and her family, in accordance with her own faith, values and her conscience.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
"Amendment 67 would reverse Colorado's progress protecting the health and safety of women while creating a legal quagmire with dangerous consequences. Coloradans support reproductive health and that's why I've signed laws protecting expectant mothers from violent crimes and support initiatives that dramatically reduce the teenage birthrate. Voters have overwhelmingly opposed these draconian so-called personhood measures twice before. It's in the best interest of Colorado women and families to vote No on Amendment 67.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Congressman from Colorado CD7
“Amendment 67 allows for government intrusion in decisions that should be made by a woman, her family and her doctor. In Congress I have voted to stop attacks on women's reproductive health and we need to continue this effort here at home by stopping this extreme and unconstitutional threat. Coloradans have already said “no" to these so-called personhood amendments but we need to come together once again to resoundingly vote "no" on Amendment 67.’

Andrew Romanoff, Candidate for Colorado CD6
"If men could get pregnant, this debate would have been settled long ago. The right to choose and the right to access birth control are fundamental.  I'm voting no on Amendment 67 because I believe women -- not their employers or politicians -- should be able to make these decisions for themselves."     

Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall
“Amendment 67 is wrong for Colorado and would take our state backwards.Generations of American women fought to secure the right to make their own health care decisions based on what is best for themselves and their families. This radical measure would criminalize all abortions, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, while banning the most common and effective forms of contraception. I’ll never stop fighting to protect the rights of Colorado women and to defend their right to live life on their own terms. That means voting NO on Amendment 67."

In addition to high level political leaders, this week the Vote NO 67 campaign noted its 67th organization to join the coalition efforts. Leadership of the El Paso County Libertarian Party unanimously voted to oppose Amendment 67, joining a broad-based, bipartisan coalition of doctors, medical researchers, faith leaders, civil libertarians and dozens of community groups. The number of organizations who have formally endorsed the Vote NO 67 efforts, including the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Medical Society, is now at 71.

In September, 82 faith leaders joined in united opposition to Amendment 67, issuing a statement that it goes too far and is too extreme. Signatories include representatives from Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist organizations and denominations.

“We welcome the support of these political leaders, as well as the organizations and individuals who have vowed to defeat Amendment 67,” said Fofi Mendez, campaign manager for the Vote NO 67 Campaign. “Colorado voters realize just how dangerous Amendment 67 is, and how hard we have to fight efforts to criminalize women and their doctors.” 

Additional information is at www.VoteNO67.com.

 

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67 Groups Oppose Amendment 67

For More Information:
Cara DeGette
Communications Director
720-979-4385


October 1, 2014

Media Advisory/For Immediate Release

 

67 Groups Oppose Amendment 67

El Paso County Libertarian Party and Colorado Bar Association Among The Groups Aligned To Defeat Constitutional Proposal

The El Paso County Libertarian Party is the 67th group to align with the Vote NO 67 Campaign to defeat Amendment 67. On the November ballot in Colorado, Amendment 67 is this year’s so-called “personhood” proposal designed to ban all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest, and when the mother’s health is at risk, as well as restrict access to common forms of birth control. It would go so far as to impact access to in-vitro fertilization treatments for women who want to have children.

The leadership of the El Paso County Libertarian Party, headquartered in Colorado Springs, unanimously voted to oppose Amendment 67: “The Libertarian Party of El Paso County opposes this unnecessary change to the state Constitution and the intrusion into private lives.”

“We are delighted to have the support of so many organizations representing a broad spectrum of Coloradans,” said Fofi Mendez, the Vote NO 67 campaign manager. “67 groups so far have signed up, and that list is growing daily as Coloradans realize just how dangerous Amendment 67 would be if it passed.”

The Vote NO 67 Campaign includes doctors, nurses, medical researchers, faith leaders, civil libertarians, attorneys, Latina, African-American and Asian-American groups, and dozens of community organizations.

The Colorado Bar Association issued the following statement detailing its rationale for opposing Amendment 67:

“The [Colorado Bar Association] is concerned that Amendment 67 has potentially serious, unintended and unknown consequences for Colorado lawyers. The narrowing of this Amendment from versions that were proposed in 2008 and 2010 — and opposed by the CBA both times — does not lessen those concerns regarding its broad and uncertain effects. From areas of Family Law to Probate Law to Real Estate Law, as well as the explicit effect on Criminal Law and Wrongful Death statutes, this Amendment could create uncertainty and endless litigation. These consequences provide the CBA with a clear and convincing reason to oppose this Amendment.”

A complete list of groups endorsing the Vote NO 67 Campaign is at www.VoteNO67.com.

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