The 2015 Colorado General Assembly’s session saw SIX attacks on women’s access to safe abortion services at the Colorado legislature. Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, in partnership with its partners defended against these attacks, defeating them all.
Please see our Colorado 2015 Legislative Scorecard for more information on reproductive health and education bills.
Defeat of Amendment 67 (Fetal Personhood) – This ballot initiative to define “person” in the Colorado Constitution to include an “unborn human being,” would have endangered Colorado women’s access to safe abortion services and could have resulted in the criminalization of women who suffer miscarriages.
39 of 61 PPVC-endorsed candidates won their races. This included the re-election of a pro-choice governor, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the re-election of pro-choice majority in the Colorado House of Representatives. PPVC endorses candidates who take and receive 100% on a reproductive health and comprehensive sex education candidate survey, and if previously an elected official have a 100% record of voting in support of our issues.
Civil Damages for Unlawful Termination of Pregnancy (HB14-1388): This legislation joined HB13-1154, creating civil penalties for women who lose a pregnancy as the result of an intentional, knowing, or reckless act of another.
Reauthorization by the Colorado General Assembly of the breast and cervical cancer prevention and treatment program. (HB14-1045)
Crimes Against Pregnant Women (HB13-1154): This legislation addressed a gap in Colorado statutes for women who lose a wanted pregnancy as a result of criminal acts, while still protecting access to abortion.
Comprehensive Sex Education (HB13-1081): This legislation established stronger definitions for comprehensive sex education taught in Colorado public schools.
Medicaid Expansion (SB13-200): This legislation expanded Medicaid eligibility to 160,000 additional Coloradans as authorized by the Affordable Care Act.
Please see our Colorado 2013 Legislative Scorecard for more information on reproductive health and education bills.