FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, May 3, 2019
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
General Assembly Should Demonstrate Leadership on Reproductive Health
COLOR and NARAL celebrate the launch of a new partnership with the governor’s office while bemoaning the lack of action to protect access to reproductive health in the 2019 session.
[Denver] – Statement by Dusti Gurule, Executive Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and Karen Middleton, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado on sine die.
“Colorado has worked hard in recent years to close gaps in access to healthcare, but many people continue to experience disparities in access to reproductive health information, services, and supplies. When we cannot get the abortion care we need, can’t afford prenatal care or when we deny young people information to protect their sexual health, it harms individuals, our families and our communities. Sadly, this session we saw very little action to address this very real and important issue.
Our state was the first state to legalize abortion and we have taken great strides to try to expand access to health care. We believe that we should be leading the way to ensure that people can get the care that they need to plan their families and create healthy bodies and futures. That is why we are so pleased to officially announce that the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado are launching an effort in partnership with Governor Polis, Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera and the Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare to find ways to make sure that all Coloradans can get the full range of reproductive health services they need, from cancer screenings and contraception, to abortion and postpartum care.
This initiative will work at the highest levels of our state agencies to identify opportunities for policies and interagency collaboration to get us closer to the day when no Coloradan is unable to access necessary reproductive health services based on their income, age, immigration status, gender identity or source of insurance.
By ensuring people are able to plan their pregnancies and manage their reproductive health, it will not only improve health outcomes, but also increase the financial stability of families and strengthen our state’s economy through savings in health care costs.
We will continue to cultivate our relationships at the state capitol and support those lawmakers who have championed access to reproductive health care. We see them as our allies in our ongoing efforts to push for more leadership and forward thinking to make the right to reproductive health a reality for all Coloradans.
We will work at every level and in every sector to ensure that the needs and lived experiences of women and families in our state not only inform and influence policies and programs, but that the strong movement we have built together achieves real and lasting change to make sure we can live with health and dignity.”
The Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is a sisterhood of Latinas working to engage and empower the Latinx community to speak out about the policies that impact our community. We are committed to ensuring that Latinas and our families are able to make personal decisions about health, have access to affordable health services and that we are each able to live our lives with dignity
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado works to protect every woman’s right to access the full range of reproductive health options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.