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October 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOMEN'S HEALTH

A Message from our CEO

The leaves are turning and fall is in the air! Along with celebrating autumn, October is also the month we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, and the end of Latinx Heritage month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

Here’s a great way to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month AND support the services of BVWHC. Our friends at Boulder Blooms have named us their October beneficiary and created a special fall arrangement just for us. All proceeds from this arrangement during the month of October will benefit BVWHC. Buy one for yourself or someone special in your life!

 

 

If you like to wear your heart on your sleeve – or on the front of your shirt – check out our new Care, Compassion, Community t-shirt highlighting our organizational values. The shirt comes in four styles and is on sale through the month of October.

Lastly, on Friday, ballots will begin going out to all Colorado voters. Are you registered? If not, register at GoVoteColorado.gov. You can register all the way up to Election Day (Nov. 3), but you should register by Oct. 26 if you want to receive your ballot in the mail. And when you get your ballot, make sure to VOTE NO on 115, the abortion ban. See more below.

Happy Fall!

Cynthia Molina, CEO

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COLORADO

Say No to 115, the Abortion Ban

On Oct. 9, ballots will start going out to voters statewide and Coloradans will start casting their votes on Prop 115 within days. We need to reach as many voters as we can to make sure they vote NO on this harmful measure!

Prop 115 would ban abortion later in pregnancy — with no exceptions for rape, incest, a lethal fetal diagnosis, or risk to the pregnant person’s health. Pregnancy is complex and each is unique. None of us can know another person's situation or the decisions they might face. That's why medical decisions around pregnancy need to be made by the pregnant individual, free from political interference.

Yet, according to the latest polls, if the election happened today, Proposition 115 would pass by the skin of its teeth. We can't let that happen.

 We know that if this ban succeeds, it will only be the start of more attempts to restrict or ban abortion in Colorado. We also know that we can no longer rely on the U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion access in our state.

With the stakes this high, we have no choice but to do everything in our power to win in November. Learn more and Sign up to help at https://voteno115.com/.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE US

Like all of you, we were devastated by the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month. Justice Ginsburg was a great champion of gender equality and reproductive autonomy who knew that access to birth control and abortion are a fundamental part of "a woman's autonomy to determine her life's course." During her 27 years on the Court, Justice Ginsburg pushed back against attempts to limit reproductive choice. In 2016 in Whole Woman's Health, she reaffirmed the Constitutional right to abortion and condemned state-level restrictions that "do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion."

President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg on the Court, by contrast, has a record as a federal judge that is anti-abortion. Amy Coney Barrett has ruled in favor of restrictions on abortion access and has referred to abortion as “always immoral.” In an Indiana case, Barrett supported a state law that requiring the burial of fetal remains from abortion procedures and another law that would have banned abortions based on the reason for the abortion. From 2010-2016, she was a member of University Faculty for Life (Notre Dame chapter). In 2006, she was a signatory on a newspaper ad calling for an end to Roe v. Wade. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, Barrett specifically signed onto a statement that she opposes "abortion on demand" and defends "the right to life from fertilization," an extreme legal position that has implications for contraception, abortion care and fertility treatments. In 2012 she signed onto an advocacy letter that called contraception and sterilization "gravely immoral and unjust" and wrongly characterized emergency contraception as "an abortion-inducing" drug. She subscribes to the judicial philosophy of originalism that rejects constitutional protections for abortion rights. Her writings are clear that she does not view Roe as a "super precedent" and the principle of stare decisis would not be a restraint to overturning Roe.

And now for some good news:

A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s medication abortion law which would have required doctors to tell patients that their medication abortion could be “reversed.” Abortion “reversal” is a controversial and unproven procedure which is not approved by the FDA. Medical groups say the claim is not backed up by science and there is little information about the reversal procedure’s safety. The Tennessee law, which was about to go into effect, also included a ban on abortions once a fetal “heartbeat” is detected — about six weeks into pregnancy, before many people even know they are pregnant.

And the Trump Administration has finally dropped its fight to prevent undocumented teens from getting abortions. After three years of arguing in court their right to block pregnant, undocumented teens in government custody from obtaining abortions, the Office of Refugee Resettlement announced it has officially changed its policy. Trump’s ORR had previously refused to grant minors access to the procedure, but a series of court orders since late 2017 had forced the administration to reverse its practice.

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