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Working for Reproductive Freedom in our Colorado Constitution and across our nation

Meaningful fun this past week supporting and rallying for reproductive health and justice.

The week began with Boulder's kickoff/fundraiser for Initiative 89. (See pictures of friends, Judy Amabile and Tina Marquis; and listening to Cobalt President, Karen Middleton.) The measure is led by a coalition of reproductive rights organizations, Coloradans for Protecting Reproductive Freedom, and it seeks to enshrine the right to abortion in our Colorado Constitution and to remove restrictions on abortion coverage through government sponsored insurance programs.  The insurance part is especially important because many women in our most vulnerable and marginalized communities rely on Medicaid (government sponsored), so they’ve been disproportionately denied access to abortion care due to this constitutional provision. Changing our state constitution requires a certain number of signatures from every senate district, and then at least 55% of Colorado voters must approve the initiative - there’s a lot of hard work to be done!  If you want to help and/or sign the petition, you can find out how to do that here.

Tuesday, I was part of this executive briefing with Planned Parenthood Action Fund President, Alexis McGill Johnson, to learn more about the work of brave advocates across our nation to advance reproductive freedom in 2024.

And on Saturday, I was proud to join so many friends (pictures include Kim Matthews, Kim Greene, Josie Heath and others) at the YWCA's "My Body My Rights" rally at the Boulder County Courthouse.  

There's much work to be done, but it's heartening that so many of us are stepping up and going to bat for these critical rights and freedoms!

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