Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC), the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, has announced its endorsement last week of five female candidates for the Colorado State Senate.
“Each of these exceptional candidates will stand up for women and families across our state,” said Sarah Taylor-Nanista, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado. “PPVC endorses and works to elect candidates who trust women to make their own health care decisions, including decisions about abortion, and these candidates exemplify those values. We are excited to see these women take Colorado into the future.”
The five state senate candidates endored by PPVC are: Jessie Danielson (D) for SD 20, Kerry Donovan (D) for SD 5, Brittany Pettersen (D) for SD 22, Tammy Story (D) for SD 16, and Faith Winter (D) for SD 24.
Faith Winter, the current Representative of House District 35 (Westminster), has supported legislation to create a family and medical leave insurance program.
“I support and trust women,” said Rep. Faith Winter in a press release. “Health care decisions, especially in reproductive health care, should be made between women and their families. It is that simple.”
Her opponent and the current Senator of District 24, Beth Martinez Humenik (R), was not immediately available for comment on Winter’s latest endorsement.
There is currently another face-off occurring between Tammy Story and current SD 16 Senator Tim Neville (R). Sen. Neville has routinely introduced legislation that would categorize abortion as a class 1 felony – the same category as first-degree murder.
“With conservatives in Colorado attacking women’s rights to make their own personal, private medical decisions every day, I am committed to protecting every Coloradan’s right to make their own health care decisions,” said Tammy Story in a press release. “I look forward to continuing that fight with Planned Parenthood.”
Sen. Neville was also not immediately available for comment.
Story’s endorsement from PPVC comes months after Neville’s defense of the white supremacist group VDARE, calling it a “national conservative group.” VDARE is classified as a hate organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Colorado voters have repeatedly shown support for reproductive rights after voting down three “personhood” ballot measures, which would have given legal rights to fertilized eggs, thereby classifying abortion as murder.
PPVC is a non-partisan advocacy organization that promotes reproductive health care access and a woman’s right to determine when and whether she becomes pregnant.