Timing is everything in politics, and in birth control -- especially in the bad old days of the rhythm method, which it seems like some pols would like to return us to.
In honor of Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the Colorado Legislature today, state senator Greg Brophy should choose to keep a low profile.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Protect Families Protect Choice Coalition decided long ago to host their annual Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the State Capitol today, complete with a march to the Capitol at 10:30 p.m. and a rally in the rotunda before noon. In their planning, organizers point to numerous intrusions into choice, including the "state sanctioned rape" bills that Republicans are running in Virginia and Texas, and the "Personhood" measure cropping up on ballots around the country -- including Colorado -- that could ban most forms of contraception, not to mention abortion.
And then Rush Limbaugh opened his mouth, calling law student Sandra Fluke, who'd testified about the need for insurance to cover birth control, a "slut" and a "prostitute." On Saturday, Brophy, the Republican senator from Wray, voiced his support of Limbaugh, who "made a mistake," as quarterbacks -- and conservative icons -- occasionally do. Tweeted Brophy: "I don't want to buy your booze, pay for your spring break or your birth control. Call your Dad for that."
That slap at Fluke got activist groups going; ProgressNow labeled Brophy a combatant in the "war against women." And Brophy just gave them more ammo while talking yesterday about the controversy with the Denver Post. After acknowledging that birth control is a legitimate medical need for some people, he added this doozy: "Contraception taken for birth control purposes is purely recreational."
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Fumble! Brophy may be in a safe district, but he doesn't practice safe quotes.
Here are the details on Pro-Choice Lobby Day:
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains invites the public to attend the annual Pro-Choice Lobby Day hosted with the Protect Families Protect Choice coalition. Pro-Choice Lobby Day is an educational, informative experience that offers participants a hands-on and behind-the-scenes look at how the legislative process works.
The purpose of this year's Lobby Day is to give participants an opportunity to meet with their legislator and talk about the importance of protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care for women and men.
Unfortunately, some politicians are proposing onerous restrictions on women, and, in some instances, backdoor bans on women's access to abortion care in the state through HB1130. The bill would declare a fertilized egg a "person" capable of being the independent victim of a criminal offense.
In 2008 and again in 2010, Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea that a fertilized egg could be a legal "person." They recognized that this idea could have far-reaching and undesirable consequences, such as limiting health care services. Creating a new class of victim will not prevent violence against pregnant women. It will, however, open the door to difficult constitutional issues even though Colorado voters have resoundingly rejected "personhood" ballot initiatives - twice.
At the federal level where the future of reproductive health care hangs in the balance; participants will be reminding their lawmakers that they don't want to see the politics inserted into women's health in Colorado.
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