A new website from Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado links Republican state legislative candidates in Colorado to the national controversy over Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments on abortion and “legitimate rape”–and the national Republican agenda against reproductive rights in general. From Planned Parenthood’s press release today:
“While national figures and their policies towards women health such as those held by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, and Vice Presidential Candidate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan make most women cringe, it’s not just in D.C. where we see an onslaught of anti-women sentiment,” said Cathy Alderman vice president of public affairs for PPVC.
“Here in Colorado, women’s health is under attack by our own state politicians who oppose women’s health and want to insert politicians into our personal lives. But that is not a Colorado value; Coloradans know that personal and private health care decisions are best left to a woman with the help of her family, her physician, and her faith.”
This new website highlights the anti-women’s health votes and actions of several elected officials and candidates for the Colorado State House and State Senate, including: Ken Summers SD 22; Randy Baumgardner SD 8; Mark Barker HD 17; Larry Crowder SD 35; John Sampson SD 25; J. Paul Brown HD 59; Robert Ramirez HD 29; Cindy Acree HD 40; and Lang Sias SD 19. More candidates will be added throughout early voting.
These individuals support the so-called “personhood” movement (which has been defeated by Colorado voters twice and has failed to make the ballot in 2012), oppose access to birth control, and many want to ban abortion out-right with no exceptions for rape or incest.
“Are these candidates in a race to determine who can be the worst for Colorado women?” said Alderman.
The site takes inspiration from the “It’s Not Just Akin” website that gained notoriety following Todd Akin’s now-infamous remarks. In the aftermath of the Akin scandal, Democrats and their allies have tried as hard to link other GOP candidates to Akin’s ugly rhetoric as Republicans have tried to distance themselves from him. The fact that there really is commonality in terms of policy, if not always rhetoric, makes this a potent attack for Democrats.
Terribly unflattering photos as these make it that much more so.