September 20, 2019
A Statement by the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition on the 22-Week Abortion Ban Ballot Measure
(Denver, CO): The Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Coalition stands in strong opposition to any measure that would limit or deny abortion care, including the most recent 22-week ban that has recently been approved for signature gathering.
Arbitrary limits on abortion access do nothing to improve healthcare outcomes and only decrease accessibility while increasing costs and additional burdens for women and families.
This measure would create medically unnecessary obstacles to abortion access and create added barriers to care that would disproportionately impact the most vulnerable and underserved in our state. A person’s health, in consultation with their health care provider, should guide important medical decisions throughout a pregnancy, not bad policy. This ban is a part of a coordinated effort to restrict abortion across the country, and would open the door to even harsher limits on abortion in Colorado, similar to those seen this year in Alabama and Georgia. Voters in Colorado have already defeated measures to ban abortion
three times over, and we believe they will hold their ground on this issue in 2020.
Despite anti-abortion proponents’ attempts to ban abortion and criminalize health care providers in our state, our coalition will continue to stand in solidarity with patients, providers, and advocates and speak out against this cruel and harmful ballot measure, to ensure that the rights and dignity of every Coloradan are protected.
The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition comprises the ACLU of Colorado, Colorado
Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Colorado Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CO-RCRC), Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, NARAL
Pro-Choice Colorado, New Era Colorado, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM),
and ProgressNow Colorado