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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