The stunning avalanche of action set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court's inaction on same-sex marriage last week shows just how quickly this country can change. So why, nearly fifty years after Colorado became the first state in the union to legalize abortion, have we not put this equally sticky ... More >>
Update: The pro-life group Alliance Defending Freedom is appealing a Denver judge's recent decision to throw out a lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains used state money to pay for abortions. "The state acknowledges that about $1.4 million of state taxpayer money flowed fr ... More >>
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was using state funds to provide abortions. The lawsuit was filed by former Colorado lieutenant governor (and longtime Planned Parenthood foe) Jane Norton. It accused Planned Parenthood of violating Colorado's A ... More >>
In 2009, George Tiller, one of only a handful of doctors who performed late-term abortions in this counry, was fatally shot while attending church services in his home town of Wichita, Kansas. In a one-night-only showing tonight, Physicians for Human Rights Colorado and the Sie FilmCenter will prese ... More >>
The hardest thing about being a feminist is the long hours. It's kind of like having a full-time job on top of having a regular job, because you're constantly having to watch your back and educate yourself and others on what lawmakers/the Internet/the general voting public is doing to undo certain u ... More >>
Sinice 2008, Colorado voters have repeatedly rejected personhood ballot measures, each time by wide margins. But another version of the proposal has already been certified for the November 2014 election -- and a group of anti-abortion legislators have just introduced a bill, HB 14-1133, with very si ... More >>
The Colorado Democratic Party is lambasting the Republican candidates for Senate for opposing access to contraception. The Democrats have declared that Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Representative Amy Stephens and state Senator Owen Hill "have lined up to support intrusive polices th ... More >>
The 2014 elections may seem a long way off, but not to Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Hogue came to Colorado to speak at a weekend fundraiser for Colorado NARAL that attracted numerous political heavyweights. But she's sticking around today to meet with locally based activists, ... More >>
Should abortion protestors be allowed to wave signs featuring "gruesome images" in places where children might see them? That's the question two Colorado anti-abortion advocates and the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, a national pro-life law firm, want the U.S. Supreme Court to answer. "Children ... More >>
Update: This weekend, Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen published a scathing piece in which he argued that Planned Parenthood was likely worse than Penn State when it came to covering up sexual assaults on children; our previous coverage is below. Laugesen explains the ti ... More >>
At 2 p.m. today, the Colorado Personhood Coalition will hold a press conference at a very pointed location -- a local Planned Parenthood office -- to tout the beginning of a petition drive for the latest version of a Personhood resolution. And campaign reps including Kristi Burton Brown, the face of ... More >>
Pro-choice activists, legislators, physicians and faith leaders gathered on the west steps of the Capitol Monday in a "Rally to Protect Women's Health." The event was a spin-off of Pro-Choice Lobby Day, as well as a response to local and federal fetal personhood proposals.
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.
Today, approximately a hundred advocates of women's health took to the Capitol as part of Pro-Choice Lobby Day. The event, held in Denver annually for more than a decade, brought the Protect Families Protect Choice Coalition together with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to train supporters ... More >>
Race for the Cure.For many years, the regional Planned Parenthood headquarters was Westword's neighbor, and we had a front-row seat for the picketers who harassed employees of an organization that does so much more than providing abortion services.
Update: Yesterday, the Justice Department's request for a preliminary injunction against abortion protester Kenneth Scott, federally charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, aka the FACE Act, was rejected. Scott's legal team considers the ruling a major victory that's po ... More >>
Kenneth and Jo Scott. Kenneth Scott, abortion protester extraordinaire, recently added more firepower to his legal defense: He is now being represented by the Thomas More Society, a national pro-life law firm. In June, Scott and his wife, Jo, were served with a civil complaint by the U.S. Jus ... More >>
Kristi Burton Brown.The so-called Personhood Amendment, which holds that the term "person" applies to humans from their biological starting point, failed in Colorado in 2008 and 2010 -- but last week, organizers filed new language with the goal of putting the measure on the 2012 ballot. What ... More >>
Jo Scott.Jo Scott is the truest of believers when it comes the fight against abortion rights -- so much so that she's repeatedly violated both state and federal laws designed to protect clinic visitors. But the level of harassment will presumably be modified now that a settlement with the Jus ... More >>
Jo Scott.In April, Jo Scott -- one of the central figures in our 2008 feature "Planned Parenthood's Scheme to Bust Abortion Protesters" -- was convicted of violating the state's bubble law, which bans anti-abortion picketers from coming within eight feet of anyone in a hundred-foot radius of ... More >>
Jo Scott.Yesterday, we reported about a pair of guilty verdicts against Jo Scott in relation to Colorado's bubble law, which is meant to prevent anti-abortion protesters from harassing clinic patients. In the post, we quoted Scott from a 2008 interview talking about how she's a hero for savi ... More >>
Jo Scott in 2008.The 2008 feature "Planned Parenthood's Scheme to Bust Abortion Protesters" focused on longtime pro-life advocate Jo Scott. That August, she was convicted of violating the state's "bubble law," which prohibits anti-abortion types from coming within eight feet of anyone in a hu ... More >>
Tim & mom.The 2010 Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mom is the gift that keeps on giving for Focus on the Family. Next month at their convention in Nashville, the National Religious Broadcasters will reportedly name it the year's best -- and why not? The commercial, on view below, ce ... More >>
birthornotIn what is possibly the most egregious use of an Internet poll to date, a couple from Minnesota is allowing people to vote on whether or not the woman should have an abortion. The simple fact that this couple is holding this poll, on the site birthornot.com, already places them well ... More >>
A graphic from the Personhood USA website.Proponents of Amendment 62 hit a roadblock yesterday in their drive to get Colorado voters to approve Amendment 62, an updated version of the anti-abortion measure that voters soundly defeated in 2008. A suit brought by amendment sponsors Gualberto Ga ... More >>
Kristi Burton Brown.The first incarnation of this year's Personhood Amendment, which says the term "person" applies to humans from their biological starting point, popped up in 2008, when the face of the proposal was 21-year old Westword cover girl Kristi Burton. This year, Kristi's playing ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Earlier today, we told you that Dan Maes had rejected a suggestion from Tom Tancredo that both of them drop out of the governor's race to allow the state GOP to choose a fresh candidate. Tancredo says this offer shouldn't be interpreted as proof he's not wholly committed to beat ... More >>
Warren Hern has some harsh words for Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Catholic church and school that was recently the subject of national headlines for its refusal to teach the children of a same-sex couple in Boulder, has now become the target of an abortion doctor in ... More >>
For Dr. Warren Hern, as seen here in a Boulder Daily Camera video, threats are nothing new.Last August, we told you about an indictment against Donald Hertz, a Washington man who made threats against Boulder's Dr. Warren Hern, the last practitioner in the U.S. still doing late-term abortions. ... More >>
Sarah Palin: pro-life exemplar or poser in lipstick?Sarah Palin, who's monopolizing the airwaves as part of her publicity tour for her new book, Going Rogue, is widely viewed as one of the more pro-life politicians on the current scene. After all, her youngest child, Trig, received a pre-nata ... More >>
Will Nancy Pelosi get so mad at Diana DeGette that she actually blinks?Just because the House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill this weekend doesn't mean it'll stay passed. Denver congresswoman Diana DeGette is leading a group of reproductive-rights supporters who are mad as hell th ... More >>
Warren Hern, in an image from a Boulder Daily Camera video.As Patricia Calhoun pointed out earlier this morning, Boulder's Warren Hern, the last practitioner in the U.S. still doing late-term abortions, was the subject of a death threat by a Spokane, Washington, man, Donald Hertz, mere weeks ... More >>
Dr. Warren Hern in an image from a Boulder Daily Camera video. As one of the most prominent doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions, Boulder's Warren Hern has been much in the news since the slaying last month of his friend and colleague, Kansas's George Tiller. And now it appears tha ... More >>
Musgrave (left) receives an award from the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony Center. First off, apologies are probably in order. It occurs to me that, over the last six months, you've probably managed to wipe clean the stains left on your mind by former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. Since her election in 20 ... More >>
Archbishop Charles Chaput. Denver-based Archbishop Charles Chaput has grown more political since taking over as head of the city's archdiocese in 1997 -- and he spoke out early and often about the politics of abortion during the run-up to the 2008 presidential vote. As such, even his condemnation ... More >>
I can be one hard gal to shop for, and I've been known to exchange, re-gift and return gifts. I can't help it -- which means many of my exhausted family members and friends have simply given up and retreated to the faithful standby of gift cards and certificates. Haters say the cards or certificate ... More >>
Letters from the week of October 2, 2008
Kristi Burton, abortion-law killing machine. In this week's Westword, Adam Cayton-Holland introduces you to Kristi Burton, the young activist behind Amendment 48, otherwise known as the Personhood Amendment, otherwise known as a 22-year-old's play to overturn Roe v. Wade. Check out his story, and ... More >>
One very bad day in Ceausescus Romania.
A Denver-based anti-abortion group has issued a deadline of January 31 to the local office of contractor Weitz Co. to halt construction on a Planned Parenthood facility in East Denver. More than a symbolic gesture to mark the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Will Duffy, lead organizer ... More >>
Seventeen years in the making, Tony Kaye’s epic abortion doc gives a lot — but no answer.
Denver comics star in Johnny Morehouse's documentary.
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