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July 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOMEN'S HEALTH

A Message from our CEO

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to protect the health of both our patients and staff, we reduced clinic hours at our Boulder and Longmont locations. We rescheduled non-urgent appointments such as annual exams, offered telehealth appointments for services that couldn't be postponed, and reserved in-clinic hours for urgent and time-sensitive needs, including abortion care.

For the last month, we have been open again for all types of appointments and services at both locations, while continuing to offer the option of telehealth. We are back to our normal hours with the exception of our Saturday Teen Clinic in Boulder, which will remain closed until further notice. Teens are welcome to come in during any of our regular clinic hours.

Please know that we are continuing to monitor the situation and always adhere to the recommended CDC guidelines to stay up to date and provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.

We deeply appreciate the kind support we've received from our community over these past few months, including many who have made financial donations or donated masks. We rely on individual donations to keep our doors open even more during times like these. If you're able, please chip in here. Thank you for your continued support!

For too long, the fight for reproductive health and rights has excluded people of color. As we march forward in our mission to guarantee access to reproductive healthcare for all, it is not enough to acknowledge our own shortcomings and prejudices.

 

Annual Report

Our 2019 Annual Report, “Transitions: Moving Forward in a Time of Change,” is now available to read online.

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COLORADO

Say No to Prop 120, the 22-Week Abortion Ban

Colorado voters have rejected abortion bans at the ballot box three times. This November, we urge voters to do the same and say no to ballot initiative 120, which would ban abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks. Everyone should have the freedom to make personal decisions about their own pregnancy and no one would want these decisions made for them. There are many reasons why someone may seek abortion later in pregnancy, including barriers to obtaining care or new information that changes the course of the pregnancy, such as a fetal anomaly or maternal health risk. This proposition does not consider the complicated circumstances and difficult decisions patients and families may have to make during a pregnancy. It hurts patients, families and their doctors by taking away their right to make the medical decisions that are best for their individual situation.

From a Sentinel Colorado editorial: "This measure is especially sinister. By leveraging falsehoods about so-called “infanticide” and other baseless myths, proponents will seek to make this request seem reasonable. It is never reasonable for legislators and the government to impose political will on a woman’s right to control her own body and her life. That’s the basis of the famous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and the basis for Colorado’s historic abortion law. The matters of reproduction, women’s medical treatment and abortion are all issues for a woman and her physician. They are never appropriate for political intervention. The Constitution and decency demand that women have the same right to privacy as do men, who do not permit political whim to dictate their healthcare."

  

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE US

The Supreme Court Might Be About to Make It Nearly Impossible to Stop Anti-Abortion Laws

Two recent rulings from the US Supreme Court went in opposite directions, with one upholding reproductive rights and the other undermining it. Yesterday’s decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania weakened the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate under the guise of religious freedom, while last week’s decision in June Medical Services v. Russo preserved abortion access in Louisiana and let Roe stand...for now. Although Chief Justice Roberts sided with the pro-choice majority in June, court watchers say his vote does not signal a change of heart and the battle to protect abortion rights is far from over.

 

John Roberts Is No Pro-Choice Hero, New York Times

The latest Supreme Court decision sets the stage for further attacks on abortion rights.

The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights on Monday, with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the liberals on the court to strike down a Louisiana anti-abortion law. That sentence might surprise a lot of people, given that the chief justice is a staunch conservative, and that the court now has a solid right-wing majority. Read more.

 

John Roberts Cares About His Reputation—Not Abortion Rights, Rewire.news

The chief justice helped deliver a win for abortion rights Monday. Don't trust it.

For the last several months, abortion rights enthusiasts have eyed Chief Justice Roberts nervously, waiting to see if he would blow up the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion rights jurisprudence in June Medical Services v. Russo, a case about whether a hospital admitting privileges law that the Court already said was unconstitutional four years ago was still unconstitutional. On Monday, advocates were pleasantly surprised when Roberts sided with Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor to answer that question in the affirmative. Read more.

 

Supreme Court Says Employers May Deny Birth Control Coverage Over Religious Objections, Huffington Post

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld rules issued by the Trump administration that allow employers with religious or moral objections to deny women access to free birth control coverage. The court’s 7-2 vote struck a blow against the birth control mandate, a hotly litigated regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires most private health insurance plans to cover contraceptives without a copay. Read more.

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