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Lisa Calderón

Personal Statement

As an activist for women, especially women of color, I am committed to reproductive justice, and I am honored to have been recently endorsed as a Prochoice Champion by VOTEPROCHOICE. I have over 20 years of experience in the Colorado nonprofit sector, including serving as legal director for Safehouse Boulder, where we served and helped people seeking to escape domestic violence. As part of that work, I was responsible for helping women access the services they need, including reproductive health care. Throughout my career, I have continued to support survivors and women in need, through our court systems and through community-based programs.

As a former Planned Parenthood patient when I was a young woman without insurance, I know the value of access to safe & affordable reproductive health care. I am keenly aware of exactly what is at stake when abortion access is undermined in our government—it means that low-income women and women of color will be the first to lose access.

Reproductive health is key to women’s futures and to gender equity, and all people should be able to choose when to start a family. I will unequivocally support access to abortion care, and not let any organization—including the those with power—to pressure me out of my position.

My campaign pillars are equity, fairness and justice. These values will infuse all of my Administration’s planning and implementation of policy, including in health care policy. Municipal leaders can ensure city employees’ insurance includes coverage for all people and their needs, including the LGBTQIA community and individuals without documentation. For LGBTQIA folks this means covering the services they need, which may require the city to add an insurance rider. I would support a rider.

In January, I toured Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Health Center to learn more about the challenges faced by providers and patients. PPRM has to deal with harassment and intimidation of their patients and providers on a daily basis. I believe there are current city laws that could be better enforced by the city law enforcement to reduce this, and I would make that a priority. Colorado’s bubble law is in still place (rather than the Supreme Court’s overturned “buffer law”). It requires protesters be at least eight feet from any individual entering a health care office. I will support protecting the state’s bubble law, and in exploring any ways that I as mayor can help clinics reduce harassment. No patient should be afraid to get the health care they need and no health care provider should have to be in fear of doing their job.

Additionally, I am the only woman of color among the mayoral candidates, and if elected, I would become the first woman — and woman of color — to hold the office of Mayor in Denver. As mayor, I will advance policies that promote parity for women in the workplace: equal wages, paid family leave, opportunities and protections against gender discrimination and sexual harassment in city government. In terms of equity, I believe we should look at all policy through a gender-responsive lens, so that women and our LGBTQIA communities are being treated fairly in our city’s employment policies and in the services the city provides to the community.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the below statements:

1. I support a woman’s right to choose abortion as recognized in Roe v. Wade and oppose abortion bans that violate the standards set by Roe v Wade: Agree 

2. I support coverage of abortion services for women who depend on the government for their health-care – including but not limited to Medicaid and Medicare clients (such as the Hyde amendment/1984 Colorado State Funding Ban), U.S. servicewomen and government employees. I support coverage of abortion services for women who depend on the government for their health-care – including but not limited to Medicaid and Medicare clients (such as the Hyde amendment/1984 Colorado State Funding Ban), U.S. servicewomen and government employees: Agree

3. I oppose proposals that would undermine or eliminate a woman’s right to choose abortion by granting new legal rights to an embryo or fetus (including but not limited to human life amendments, human life statutes, fetal homicide laws, so-called “personhood” proposals and/or other “fetal-rights” proposals): Agree

4. I oppose bans on (or making it difficult for insurance plans to offer) abortion coverage in employee or insurance related benefits packages: Agree

5. I oppose imposing medically unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers in an attempt to drive them out of practice. (Such proposals are sometimes known as TRAP laws: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers): Agree

6. I support proposals that protect women, all patients, doctors, and other health-care professionals at reproductive-health clinics from violence, harassment, threats and intimidation: Agree

7. I oppose so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” (which are more accurately known as Fake Clinics which lie to women about their healthcare and are an organizing front of the anti-choice movement) operating directly across the street from an abortion provider: Agree

8. I oppose government support for these fake “clinics” and support proposals ensuring they do not mislead or intimidate women facing unintended pregnancy by misrepresenting themselves as sources of unbiased health information. Nor do I support city funding for these types of organizations: Agree

9. I oppose proposals that require parental notification/consent for young women under age 18 to access abortion or contraception: Agree

10. I oppose laws that attempt to intimidate women from exercising their fundamental right to reproductive health-care such as those requiring medically unnecessary ultrasounds, motivation bans, mandatory delays, and city-mandated lectures and/or materials: Agree

11. I support the expansion of access to safe, legal and prescribed medication abortion (mifepristone, otherwise known as RU 486) and oppose efforts to limit its availability through bans on off-label use, telemedicine, or other restrictions: Agree

12. I support funding for family-planning services and oppose proposals that would disqualify abortion providers from participating in health-care programs or receiving grants to provide health services: Agree

13. I support a no-cost birth-control policy – including the assurance that employers cannot block the benefit from their employees because of their own personal objections to contraception: Agree

14. I oppose proposals that allow certain individuals or corporations – such as HMOs, pharmacists, healthcare providers and health insurance companies – to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals: Agree

15. I support evidence based sex education for young people and oppose “abstinence-only” programs that censor information on contraception benefits: Agree

16. I support overturning of Colorado’s Constitutional Amendment prohibiting public funds from being used towards abortion services: Agree

17. I support women’s access to emergency contraception – including but not limited to policies that guarantee EC in the ER at Denver’s hospitals (EC is an FDA-approved contraceptive, taken after sex, which greatly reduces the likelihood of pregnancy. EC is not abortion and cannot harm a pregnancy if one is already established): Agree

18. I support economic policies such as paid family leave that help women who may want to choose to raise a child to have all the economic tools available to them to be able to make a choice they want, rather than what their financial situation dictates: Agree


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