FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2020
Contact: Kelly Novak, knovak@nirhealth.org

Coloradans resoundingly defeat assault on abortion access; fourth time in 12 years, voters have again overwhelmingly rejected an abortion ban. 

Statement from Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Action Fund:

“We’re relieved and heartened that voters chose to respect women who are facing personal decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy.

Proposition 115 was an attack on abortion later in pregnancy that aimed to create a one-size-fits-all mandate that allowed politics to dictate personal health decisions that should be left to patients, their families, and providers.

As any doctor can tell you – every pregnancy is different, and there are multiple reasons why a person might need to access abortion later in pregnancy. It’s not always possible for someone to get an abortion as soon they decide they want one; many things can stand in their way, from being able to afford it, to having to travel far to a clinic, to restrictive laws that create other barriers. Other reasons may include health issues or a fetal diagnosis later in the pregnancy.

Defeating this ballot initiative in Colorado was of critical importance not just for Coloradans, but for people in need of abortion care across the country. Colorado is a critical access point for people accessing abortion later in pregnancy, with people across the country traveling to Colorado to access this needed care.

Thankfully, Colorado voters spoke up yet again to protect this critical care.”

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The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH Action Fund) are advocacy groups that fight to protect and advance access to reproductive health care and build political power for reproductive freedom. They work hand-in-hand with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in states and cities across the country to build coalitions, launch campaigns, change policy, and elect candidates who stand up for everyone’s right to control their reproductive lives. Their strategy is to go on the offensive to pass laws that safeguard reproductive freedom. They work in the communities where change is needed, so the fabric of reproductive freedom becomes harder to tear apart.