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We envision a Pikes Peak community that is a vibrant democracy

in which equal rights are protected,

individual freedoms are secure, differences are respected,

and people fully participate in civic and community life.



In Citizen’s Project’s 30-year history, countless supporters, staff, and board members have championed pivotal issues to embrace a more equitable, inclusive, and just society. While the words we’ve used to communicate our values have evolved over time, the central themes have remained steadfast: we will not sit by while members of our community are stripped of their rights. The Supreme Court’s likely impending repeal of Roe v. Wade would do just that.

We commend Governor Polis and the Colorado State Legislature for their commitment to maintaining access to safe abortion services in Colorado, but access to abortion in only select states is not enough. As it stands today, if the U.S. Supreme Court weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion negatively impacting the remaining 24 states to adequately provide reproductive services.

Safe, reliable access to abortion services is a paramount health equity issue. Denying access to those who need services could result in a punitive mess that increases an already disparate justice system. The people most largely affected by this change will disproportionately be people of color. According to a 2018 Abortion Surveillance Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black women accounted for 33 percent of reported abortions. Black women have the highest abortion ratio in the country, with 335 abortions per 1,000 live births, a rate three times that of white women. [1]

When access to abortion requires interstate travel, the only people who will retain this right are those who have the financial capacity to make the journey. The result will leave large swathes of the most vulnerable people left to look for alternative and often dangerous options.

A Video Message from our Board Chair, Patience Kabwasa

Citizens Project Board Chair, Patience Kabwasa

“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn. You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus, but actually dislike people who breathe. Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.”

― Methodist Pastor David Barnhart

CALLS TO ACTION regarding CP Statement on

Reproductive Rights

• 6:30 PM • TONIGHT, MAY 4th •

All Souls Unitarian Church

730 North Tejon Street

Gathering to discuss organizing and next steps around reproductive rights.

Need more information, contact Jane Ard-Smith, 719.351.2584, [email protected]

Here are three more critical ways you can get involved:

• Forward this message to someone who supports health equity.

Reach out to your local congressperson and tell them to sign abortion access     into law.

• Stay engaged and support local health equity organizations.

OTHER RESOURCES (all are linked):

Guttmacher Institute: If Roe V. Wade Falls: Travel Distance for People Seeking Abortion

Get Involved with Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado

Find Your Representative



Do not confuse Pro-Life branding with the real impact of restricting abortion access.

On the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade, Black Women are Worried

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