State of Colorado Archives: on Abortion


Darryl Glenn: Supports fetal personhood; opposes Planned Parenthood

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Bennet: No

Glenn: Yes. Has pledged to ban abortions, with no exceptions. Recently has been more ambiguous. Has pledged to fight for personhood Constitutional amendment, which would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade, prohibit common forms of birth control, and ban abortions nationwide. More recently has hedged on some of these stands.

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Bennet: No. Classify contraception as preventive care so it is covered by all insurance plans.

Glenn: Unclear. Supports fetal personhood amendment, which might ban birth control pills & IUDs.

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Michael Bennet: Classify contraception as preventive care & no moral issue

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Bennet: No

Glenn: Yes. Has pledged to ban abortions, with no exceptions. Recently has been more ambiguous. Has pledged to fight for personhood Constitutional amendment, which would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade, prohibit common forms of birth control, and ban abortions nationwide. More recently has hedged on some of these stands.

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Bennet: No. Classify contraception as preventive care so it is covered by all insurance plans.

Glenn: Unclear. Supports fetal personhood amendment, which might ban birth control pills & IUDs.

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Bennet: Yes

Glenn: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Colorado Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Darryl Glenn: Endorsed by Colo. Citizens for Life & National Right to Life

National Right to Life announced its endorsement of Darryl Glenn for election to the US Senate. "Darryl Glenn has a strong commitment to the right to life and unborn children. He will be a fighter for the unborn in the US Senate," said the National Right to Life political director. "We are proud to support Darryl Glenn to replace his radical pro-abortion opponent, the current Sen. Michael Bennet, who has voted against unborn babies every chance he got. Bennet has a 0% pro-life voting record in the Senate."

Glenn is committed to legislation that will protect unborn babies. Glenn will block federal funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, and he will vote to prevent taxpayer funding of abortions.

National Right to Life has one affiliate in each state; the president of the Colorado affiliate, Colorado Citizens for Life, stated, "Colorado needs a pro-life senator who will protect unborn children from a cruel death by abortion. Darryl Glenn has pledged to do just that."

Source: LifeNews.com on 2016 Colorado Senate race Aug 3, 2016

Jon Keyser: Life is sacred; a pro-life Coloradan

As a father and a husband, Jon believes that life is sacred and those who cannot protect themselves deserve to be protected.

Jon is a pro-life Coloradan and will be a pro-life United States Senator.

America has a long history of protecting the vulnerable across the world, and Jon believes it's time for us to protect the vulnerable here at home as well.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website JonKeyser.com Feb 3, 2016

Ryan Frazier: Pro-life & pro-conservative values

My mom raised us with conservative values, a faith in God, perseverance, and a mind-set of doing your part. I still carry those same values with me today and they've guided me as a father, businessman, and while serving in the U.S. Navy.

I'm pro-job growth, pro-balanced budget, pro-life, pro-second amendment, and pro-worker. Common sense and a straightforward approach is part of the fabric of America's progress.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website FrazierForColorado.com Feb 3, 2016

Tim Neville: All human life is precious and must be protected

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, NevilleForColorado.com Oct 9, 2015

Tim Neville: OpEd: Parked "crisis pregnancy van" outside the Capitol

A week before the legislative session ended in May, Sen. Neville sponsored legislation to require physicians to tell women extensive--and potentially inaccurate--information about the unborn fetus. The measure would've forced women to get a medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasound and wait 24-hours before getting an abortion. In the hours leading up to the vote that ended up failing, Sen. Neville brought a "crisis pregnancy van" to park outside the Capitol. When Democratic colleagues criticized him for being needlessly divisive, he replied: "I can't pick what's going to be divisive or not."
Source: The Colorado Independent on 2016 Colorado Senate race Sep 8, 2015

Cory Gardner: No Personhood Amendment; birth control over-the-counter

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will air a new ad Monday in Colorado attacking GOP Rep. Cory Gardner on birth control. The 30-second spot criticizes Gardner for sponsoring a bill in congress called the "Life at Conception Act," while saying he believes birth control pills should be available over the counter.

"Gardner is sponsoring a bill to make most common forms of birth control illegal," a male narrator says in the ad. "Gardner's bill also makes all abortions illegal, even in cases of rape and incest."

"Cory Gardner," the narrator says, "you just can't trust this guy."

The spot marks the latest part of a multimillion-dollar ad buy in the state, a DSCC spokesman said. The DSCC has spent more than $2 million on television in Colorado so far this cycle.

Gardner said earlier this year that he had changed his position and no longer supported a person-hood amendment like the one mentioned in the ad. But that has not stopped Democrats for hammering him on the issue.

Source: Rollcall PacWatch on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Sep 22, 2014

Cory Gardner: Make "the pill" available without a prescription

Several Republican candidates for Senate have embraced an unorthodox issue as the midterm election approaches--support for over-the-counter birth control pills. At least three GOP hopefuls have spoken during the summer in favor of allowing certain types of contraception to be sold without a prescription. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is challenging incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D), on Tuesday released a television ad in which he tells a room full of nodding women, "I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, around the clock, without a prescription. Cheaper and easier for you."

The ad followed similar remarks by Ed Gillespie, a Republican running for Senate in Virginia, and Mike McFadden, who is challenging Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). "It probably defangs this increasingly concerted effort by the political left to caricature male Republican politicians as anti-woman, anti-birth control, anti-rainbows and sunshine," said a Republican pollster who specializes in women voters.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Colorado Senate race Sep 2, 2014

Cory Gardner: OpEd: extreme push for nationwide Personhood law

Have you seen our newest ad? Colorado women lay out the truth about Congressman Gardner's 8-year crusade to deny a woman's right to make her own choices. Even though Coloradans twice rejected the radically anti-choice Personhood ballot initiatives, Congressman Gardner continues to push for a nationwide Personhood law in Congress, which would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape and incest and ban common forms of birth control. He even sponsored a bill to make abortion a Class 3 felony. Seriously? It's 2014!

The more Coloradans--both women and men--learn about Congressman Gardner, the more they realize he's just too extreme for our state. As the Director of Women for Udall, I have seen firsthand that women are shocked to learn about the stark differences between Mark's vision for Colorado and Congressman Gardner's backwards agenda.

Source: MarkUdall.com email: AdWatch on 2014 Colorado Senate race Aug 5, 2014

Mark Udall: AdWatch: defend woman's right to make her own choices

Have you seen our newest ad? Colorado women lay out the truth about Congressman Gardner's 8-year crusade to deny a woman's right to make her own choices. Even though Coloradans twice rejected the radically anti-choice Personhood ballot initiatives, Congressman Gardner continues to push for a nationwide Personhood law in Congress, which would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape and incest and ban common forms of birth control. He even sponsored a bill to make abortion a Class 3 felony. Seriously? It's 2014!

The more Coloradans--both women and men--learn about Congressman Gardner, the more they realize he's just too extreme for our state. As the Director of Women for Udall, I have seen firsthand that women are shocked to learn about the stark differences between Mark's vision for Colorado and Congressman Gardner's backwards agenda.

Source: MarkUdall.com Campaign email on 2014 Colorado Senate race Aug 5, 2014

Cory Gardner: Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby

[Virginia GOP Senate candidate Ed] Gillespie advocated for over-the-counter sale of contraception: Speaking about the Hobby Lobby case involving employer-sponsored contraception, Gillespie said he thinks the issue can be skirted if women are just allowed to buy birth-control medication on their own without a prescription--a position that Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner also staked out recently.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Jul 26, 2014

Amy Stephens: NO on penalties for violent offenses against pregnant women

HB 1154: Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Pregnant Women

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes courts to charge an individual who commits a crime against a pregnant woman that results in the death or injury of her fetus with homicide and assault, in addition to charges for the underlying crime, effective July 1, 2012.

Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Mar 19, 2013

Randy Baumgardner: Voted YES on penalties for violent offenses against fetuses

HB 1130: Penalties for Violent Offenses Against Fetuses

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes courts to charge an individual who commits a crime against a pregnant woman that results in the death or injury of her fetus with homicide and assault, in addition to charges for the underlying crime, effective July 1, 2012.

Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Colorado Senate voting record Mar 19, 2013

Amy Stephens: Long history of working for pro-Life causes

On Family Values, Majority Leader Stephens has a long history of working for pro-Life causes
Source: 2012 State House campaign website,StephensForColorado.com Aug 18, 2012

Ken Buck: Opposes abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest

Buck stuck to his hard-right position on abortion and gay marriage. However, Buck insisted that voters care more about unemployment and government spending. "We get caught on these social issues when the voters want to know about unemployment; they want to know about spending," Buck said when asked to elaborate on his opposition to abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest.

Bennet and the Democrats have swiped at Buck for his social conservatism. Buck punched back at Democratic efforts to highlight those position instead of his promises to cut taxes & federal spending. But the abortion question didn't go away. At one point in the debate, and Bennet laid into Buck for opposing abortion rights. "Who's going to jail?" Bennet asked, referring to women seeking abortions.

Buck replied, "I don't think abortion's going to be criminalized anytime soon. You have tried once again to take this debate off-topic. Once again, I am going to focus my campaign on the issues Colorado voters care about."

Source: CBS-4-Denver coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Ken Buck: Oppose federal funding & protect the unborn

As a father of two, Ken believes in the value of life and is opposed to abortion except to protect the life of the mother. As U.S. Senator, Ken will oppose federal funding of abortion and will fight to protect the life of the unborn.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, buckforcolorado.com, "Issues" Aug 10, 2010

Jane Norton: Pro-life and oppose all federal funding of abortion

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, janenortonforcolorado.com Dec 25, 2009

Ken Salazar: Abortion decision should be between a woman and her God

I believe the decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her God. I will defend that Constitutional right. But I hope that we can work together as a nation to find common ground that makes abortions rare, by providing the best information about and access to healthcare, and by teaching our children the life skills to make good choices.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

Ken Salazar: Supports parental notification but not extreme limits

I do not support mandatory waiting periods, spousal consent, biased counseling requirements or other extreme limits on abortion rights. I do support parental notification, with appropriate bypass procedures, and bans on late term abortions, except when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

Tom Strickland: Protect freedom to choose; government has no role

I strongly believe the government has no role in the private decisions of a woman in consultation with her doctor. I trust Colorado women to make responsible choices affecting their lives, and that’s why I’ll fight to make sure they continue to have that freedom.
Source: StricklandForColorado.com, “Issues: Choice” Sep 25, 2002

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