Blog Archive

Women's Health Will Not Be Gagged Jul 18th, 2019

On July 15, the Trump Administration notified Title X clinics across the country, including Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Women’s Health), that enforcement of the long-threatened Title X “Gag Rule” is effective immediately. The Gag Rule disqualifies abortion providers from Title X unless they physically and financially separate their abortion and family planning services. It bans abortion referrals,...

Why Your Political Participation Matters To Reproductive Justice Nov 1st, 2018

Written by Louise Vazquez, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Development and Communications Coordinator Political participation and reproductive justice cannot live without one another. To ensure reproductive justice, we cannot remain silent at the ballot box and in our communities about the stigmas and falsehoods that undermine access to care. We must...

Reproductive Justice, Immigrant Justice, and a Call for Humanity Oct 3rd, 2018

Guest Post Written by Louise Vazquez, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Development and Communications CoordinatorIssues of immigration and reproductive justice have been on the forefront of recent U.S. politics. As the child of an immigrant and employee of a health center that strives to provide care to those in need, it...

Wedding Cakes, Abortion, and the Supreme Court Jun 4th, 2018

Monday, June 4, was a big day for the U.S. Supreme Court, with two major decisions released on cases that involved the LGBTQ+ community as well as abortion access for immigrants. Neither of the decisions were particularly revolutionary, but they both left open the opportunity – some would even say...

The Domestic Gag Rule, Explained May 23rd, 2018

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its dangerous proposed changes to the federal family planning program known as Title X after news outlets began reporting the possible changes last Friday. These changes, referred to as the “Domestic Gag Rule,” would fundamentally change the way that Title X operates in the following...

Playing Doctor: How Fake Health Centers Hurt Patients Mar 23rd, 2018

Imagine this scenario: you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, and you have made the decision to get an abortion. You Google your local clinic and ask to make an appointment. You arrive there, ten minutes early as asked, but when you get there you realize there are actually two clinics...

Want to improve your sex life? Practice consent. Feb 13th, 2018

For many of us, consent can seem like a loaded word. It might remind us of past traumas or violations. It might remind us of a legal contract, one that we somehow need to extend into our sex lives. Or, it might be something that we’ve quite frankly never thought...

20-Week Abortion Ban: When Politicians Play Doctor Oct 4th, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. House passed a bill (H.R. 36) that would ban all abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This bill would endanger the lives and well-being of women, stigmatize those facing difficult medical situations, and infringe on our right to make the most deeply personal of decisions. The bill...

We Stand with DREAMers Sep 6th, 2017

President’s Trump decision yesterday to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), is devastating to the lives and futures of 800,000 young people – 17,000 of them right here in Colorado. DACA recipients (also called DREAMers) have grown up in this country and have pursued educations, military service, and careers in...

Racial justice is Reproductive Justice Jun 23rd, 2017

The past two weeks have been unusually fraught with reports of violence and aggression against people of color, twice at the hands of police officers:June 13th: The body of Josie Berrios, a transgender woman of color also known as Kendra Adams, was discovered at a construction site. She was the thirteenth transgender...

Trump’s Plans to Roll Back Birth Control Coverage Jun 2nd, 2017

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), over 55 million women have insurance coverage for birth control and other preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs. Contraceptive coverage saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills in the first year it went into effect, and by spring 2014, two-thirds of women using birth control pills and...

How Trump Endangered Women During National Women’s Health Week May 18th, 2017

This week is National Women’s Health Week, an annual observance led by the U.S. Health & Human Services Office on Women’s Health with the goal of empowering women to improve their health. On May 14, President Trump issued a proclamation in honor of National Women’s Health Week. The very next day, he drastically expanded...

100 Days of Horror Apr 28th, 2017

This Saturday marks 100 days in office for President Trump—which sounds more like the opening line of a horror story than a significant political milestone. From the signing of the Global Gag Rule on Day 1, right through to today’s appointment of a prominent anti-abortion leader to Health & Human...

Mandatory Waiting Periods, Ultrasounds, and other Barriers to Abortion Apr 13th, 2017

When we think about areas in the US that are most vulnerable to laws that impede or limit abortion access, we tend to think of them as being far, far away from our “Boulder bubble.” However, that is not the case. Every legislative session, battles are fought in our state...

Increasing Birth Control Access in Colorado Mar 30th, 2017

So far, this year has been unlike any other. We have witnessed a new administration take hold of the White House, one that is no friend to reproductive freedom and justice. Yet simultaneously, we’ve been watching something else grab hold of our country, too: the resistance. In the spirit of change,...