For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2018

Contact:
Karen Middleton, Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
720-251-6695 (cell)

Laura Chapin, Communications Consultant
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

TIME’S UP, TIME TO VOTE TO EXPEL REP. LEBSOCK: NARAL PRO-CHOICE COLORADO STANDS WITH REP. FAITH WINTER AND ALL SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT

Denver – NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado today issued the following statement calling for a vote to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock from the Colorado General Assembly for sexual harassment:

“Time’s up for sexual harassers in the Colorado General Assembly, and it’s time for a vote to expel Representative Lebsock.

Enough stalling. Enough moving the goalposts. The leaders who are enabling abusers in the State Legislature are simply trying to distract the people of Colorado from the fact that if legislators are actually held accountable, that they will likely be next. This is why, as Rep. Winter has said, women don’t come forward – because they are afraid of retaliation against themselves and anyone who supports them.

Faith Winter, Susan Lontine, Holly Tarry, Cassie Tanner, and all of the others have waited for an investigation to see justice. That investigation is done. Demanding they wait longer is simply not acceptable. The statement by Senate President Grantham today asking for the Denver District Attorney to investigate what has already been investigated by a third party is little more than a stalling tactic that establishes a special rules and requirements for State Legislators than it does for any other employee in the State of Colorado.

We stand with these women, and with all survivors of sexual abuse and harassment. We believe them, and so should their colleagues.

Their abusers should be held fully accountable for their actions. And if Rep. Lebsock refuses to resign, he should be expelled – for the good of every woman working under the Capitol dome.”

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation’s mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s mission is to develop and sustain a statewide constituency that used the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.

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