I know there is an instance that has been brought up in this election where there was perceived support for the Marisol Clinic under the Catholic Charities oversight. I am deeply concerned with the mission of organizations such as Marisol. However, Catholic Charities works on a number of issues and provides direct services to people in many different situations. I work closely with Catholic Charities to connect people experiencing homelessness to resources, to protect our immigrant communities and to provide housing assistance that can stabilize vulnerable families and Head Start access to children in Denver. These are issues I care deeply about, and am grateful to Catholic Charities for its support and partnership in addressing these efforts, even if we disagree on certain issues.
As a husband and a father, I am unwavering in my support for women’s health and reproductive justice. I am steadfastly pro-choice, and have been proud to have received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in past elections. Additionally, I was delighted to attend the NARAL gala this year with a number of women’s health advocates and friends who are supporting me. A woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health and well-being is a right that no government entity should infringe upon.
It has been my greatest honor – aside from marrying my wife and having our children – to lead this incredible city. I hope that the residents of Denver are excited about the direction we are headed together. We were rated the #2 city to live by U.S. News and World Report, and I have been endorsed by the Denver Post. We certainly still have challenges to address, and I am ready to continue implementing strategies and solutions to make Denver the most welcoming, modern and progressive city for everyone.
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