Remember back in the day when you got home from school all psyched to watch some sweet, violent cartoons only to find that the dreaded After School Special? Buzz kill. It was even more of a bummer when our musical heroes took it upon themselves in the '80s and '90s to urge us all to lay off the reef ... More >>
If there's area of life in which teenagers excel, it's mobile technology. But they may not be as adept at navigating the thorny world of sex, which includes talking with parents, using contraceptives and making responsible decisions regarding sexual health. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains ... More >>
Kevin Swanson is on a roll. Back in August, as we reported, the radio preacher and co-host of Generations Radio argued that Colorado was becoming "the worst possible hellhole on Planet Earth" due to a "drugged-out, marijuana'd-out, homosexual culture where children are abused as much as possible." ... More >>
Attendance was down at yesterday's Race for the Cure in downtown Denver, with crowd estimates of around 30,000, as opposed to approximately 40,000 in 2012 and 50,000 in 2011. The reason, presumably is continuing fallout from the (since-reversed) decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to end its par ... More >>
In what U.S. state is it illegal for a man to have sex with a fish? If you want to know the answer -- and are looking for something both fun and educational to do Thursday night -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has you covered. It's hosting a sex-trivia night at Hamburger Mary's Club M a ... 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: As we reported yesterday, a fetal homicide bill sponsored by Republican Representative Janak Joshi was defeated along party lines, with Democrats saying they plan to bring forward a measure that accomplishes similar goals without being a "Trojan horse" for personhood; see our original covera ... More >>
Want to watch the 2012 election results as they come in but don't want to sit at home alone, screaming at the television? Or maybe you just want to celebrate an end to political campaign ads (until next election). Whatever your reason or affiliation, there's an election-watching event for you tonigh ... More >>
At the end of a busy day that included stops in four different states, Barack Obama touched down in Colorado late last night for his final pre-election rally in this key swing state, where he pushed the message of "real change" -- just one day after Mitt Romney used the very same phrase in his last ... More >>
Every party has a pooper, and in the case of the 16th Street Mall's thirtieth anniversary party, that would be the New York Times, which published an article on Tuesday's celebration -- both online and in print -- that some boosters think made the event look a lot like Mayberry, BFD.
When the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation ended its partnership with Planned Parenthood earlier this year, the result was a firestorm of criticism about politicizing Race for the Cure, an event that's about ending the scourge of breast cancer, not competing ideologies. The decision was reverse ... More >>
Colorado is a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election, with polls suggesting a toss-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. And no wonder, since Colorado is a purple state, with nearly equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Still, parts of Colorado are definitely D ... More >>
In this week's feature, "Purple Haze," we outline how the close fight for Colorado's nine electoral votes could determine the next president of the United States. And a key part of that battle, nationally and in Colorado, involves the women's vote. Here's more from our interview with state GOP Cha ... 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 >>
When Colorado Senator Michael Bennet defeated Republican challenger Ken Buck in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, observers were surprised -- but they also saw in Bennet's approach a potential template that might be applied elsewhere. Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow outlined the concept, pointing out in ... More >>
If you're a woman, you would be totally friggin' insane to vote for Mitt Romney. That was the theme of most speeches at the official launch of Obama-campaign-sponsored Women Vote 2012 Summit Tour, which took place in Wheat Ridge yesterday afternoon with celebrity support from actress Eva Longoria.
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and, in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Brad Lopez hos ... More >>
Earlier, we reported about Representative Mike Coffman's excuse for a comment he made suggesting that Barack Obama may not have been born in the U.S.: "I misspoke." By making this claim, Coffman is in good company: It's become a favorite of politicians who say something dumb or inaccurate but want t ... 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 >>
Denver blog posts are made of all-natural ingredients. Colorado Pols shares Diana DeGette's response to Mitt Romney's negative comments about Planned Parenthood. No, they can't be considered an endorsement. Mile High Mamas' Catherine considers the "kid blender." No, it's not a horrific new kitchen ... 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 >>
The February 26 Denver Post featured a lengthy article on Joneen Mackenzie and how she became a crusader for abstinence education -- a crusade she leads through her Center for Relationship Education, which is funded by a pair of grants, including one approved by the Colorado Board of Educatio ... More >>
I'm hardly Catholic anymore. Still, I wear the idea of my Catholicism as a romanticized badge of honor, taking pleasure in the idea that I once was a part of something truly controversial -- and it wasn't even by choice. In fact, I'm only now able to write about being Catholic in the past tense be ... 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 >>
Update: Make that four ways: We've just received this notice from Planned Parenthood's Monica McCafferty. Due to unpredictable and incremental weather and road conditions, we are canceling this evening's candlelight vigil at the Capitol in honor of World AIDS Day. We will reschedule the ev ... 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 >>
Diana DeGette.These Denver blog posts never drive drunk. Colorado Independent's Ashley Lopez on Diana DeGette pushing back on what she sees as a Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood. DenverUrbanism's Dan Malouff on brainstorming a better RTD livery. Mile High Hockey's David Drisc ... More >>
Campus ProgressAs we reported yesterday, Denver native Stephanie Tanny won a speaking spot at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday. The speech "went really well," says the 2010 Colorado State University graduate. "I messed up a little bit, but I don't think anyon ... More >>
Why yes, that is a rainbow chainmail dress. There was lots of stuff to do this weekend in and around PrideFest (see our awesome people slide show and parade coverage of the leather contingent), but we took to shopping for all of the gay wares our little hearts desired. Here's the deal with PrideF ... 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 >>