For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2022

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Laura K Chapin
Communications Consultant, Cobalt

Aurea Bolanos Perea
Strategic Communications Director, COLOR




Denver – Cobalt and COLOR, the lead organizations on Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act that put abortion rights into state law, today issued the following statement from Karen Middleton and Dusti Gurule about Senate Republicans introducing a national abortion ban:

“This is exactly what we predicted and warned about when Roe v. Wade was overturned. It was never about ‘returning abortion rights to the states’. It was always about banning abortion nationwide.

Colorado has seen the impact of abortion bans triggered by the Dobbs decision in states all around us. We have seen patients in medical distress get on planes and drive for hours to get here because they have nowhere else to go for abortion care. 

Not everyone is impacted equally when abortion is banned or pushed out of reach. The burden falls hardest on people who already face systemic racism and discrimination in this country, like communities of color, young people, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled people.  We will continue to act proactively to address the realities of getting an abortion in the United States and break down the systemic barriers that hold back anyone to seek the fundamental care they want – when they want it, and on their own terms.

Both of our organizations have endorsed Senator Michael Bennet because we know he will champion abortion rights for Coloradans in the Senate.  Today’s introduction of a national abortion ban makes his re-election, and the election of all our endorsed candidates, that much more critical.”