Private: Jessie: There they go again

Even as someone who spent years at the State Capitol fighting for women’s rights, I am still surprised when extremists continue pushing their radical agenda to take away women’s constitutional rights.

Once again, Republicans in a State House committee voted unanimously today for a bill that would end up banning common forms of contraception. Once again, because of our Democratic majority, that bill to institute “personhood” failed. One reporter even called it “Throwback Thursday” because Republicans keep recycling the same old divisive policies that Colorado voters have repeatedly rejected.

When ideologues will stop at nothing to impose their values on women, it’s women who have to step up and put a stop to it. That’s why when Republican Gov. Owens vetoed legislation in 2005 that would have made sure victims of rape had access to information about emergency contraception, I worked to organize women to step up and protest.

If we don’t fight for our rights, then who will? If we don’t fight for representation, then who will represent us? I’m running for the Colorado State House to build a better Colorado. Every citizen deserves to live in a state where they will have a fair shot at economic security, where their kids can get a good education, and where they know that they have a voice in their government. Extremists may try to silence us, but I promise to put my firsthand experience to work and make sure that on Throwback Thursday next year, District 24 has a representative who will put a stop to the nonsense.



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