Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Statement Responds to the Defeat of HB13-1033

Statement by VP of Public Affairs Cathy Alderman:

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado applauds today’s defeat of HB-1033, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Humphrey.

“By a vote of 6-5, HB 1033 was postponed indefinitely and rightfully so. This measure was an unconstitutional and outright ban on abortion in all almost all circumstances. HB-1033 offered no exception for rape or incest, requiring survivors of rape or incest to give birth to their attacker’s child.
“We even witnessed the introduction of an amendment that would have made it illegal for health care providers to dispense emergency contraception, a form of birth control, to anyone including victims of rape and incest.

“The type of policy sponsored by Rep. Humphrey is an insult to women and their ability to make decisions about their body for themselves.

“Furthermore, the rejection of HB-1033 reflects the sentiment of the majority of Colorado voters. A new poll released by Project New America and Keating Research shows that 62 percent of Colorado voters agree that, ‘A woman should be allowed to have an abortion based on her personal values and her doctor's advice.’ Seven out of 10 Americans back the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade making abortion legal in the United States.

“Planned Parenthood stands with our state lawmakers who voted against this measure. Abortion is a complex decision for a woman and politicians should not meddle in that decision.”

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