• October 17th, 2021
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Proposition 115 Soundly Defeated in Colorado


The No on 115 campaign declared victory Tuesday night, as Proposition 115 was defeated by Colorado voters.

“The voters of Colorado have spoken loudly and clearly — abortion bans have no place in our state,” said Lucy Olena, campaign manager for the No on 115 campaign. “For the fourth time in 12 years, Coloradans have rejected attempts to ban abortion at the ballot, trusting patients and families to make the personal medical decisions that are right for them, without interference from politicians.”

After spending months educating voters about the intentionally confusing abortion ban on the November ballot, the co-chairs of the No on 115 campaign thanked Coloradans for voting their values and rejecting this dangerous and deceptive ballot measure.

“Today is a victory for every person who has ever been shamed or stigmatized for having an abortion. It’s a victory for every person who has been denied an abortion in their home state and had to travel thousands of miles for the medical care they needed. Not only is this a win for the reproductive rights movement, this is a win for Black and Indigenous people and other communities of color who would have been disproportionately impacted by this proposition,” said Dusti Gurule, executive director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and co-chair of the No on 115 campaign. “But our work does not end tonight. Tomorrow we move forward to ensure even our most vulnerable communities can receive the reproductive healthcare they need.”

“The voters of Colorado have spoken loudly and clearly — abortion bans have no place in our state.”
Lucy Olena, No on 115 Campaign

A diverse coalition of more than 125 organizations and nearly 400 individuals came together to oppose Proposition 115. The list of endorsers included current and former elected officials, including Governor Jared Polis and Senator Michael Bennet, business and community leaders, medical associations like the Colorado Medical Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and religious groups of all denominations.

“Our organizations worked day and night to protect abortion access in Colorado,” said Amanda Henderson, executive director for Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and co-chair of the No on 115 campaign. “Colorado voters know there is nothing reasonable about denying people access to essential medical care. With this vote Coloradans have spoken: it is time to move beyond the bans and support expanding reproductive rights and abortion access. We are proud Colorado voters saw Proposition 115 for exactly what it was — a cruel, one-size-fits-all ban on abortion that would have harmed patients and families.”

Abortion Access for All was formed in 2019 to oppose Proposition 115, the later abortion ban that appeared on the November 2020 ballot. Participating organizations include: American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU), Cobalt, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Interfaith Alliance, New Era Colorado, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund (PPRMAF), and Progress Now Colorado.

 

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