'Up to state' to vote Gardner out

To the editor,

First Cory Gardner dodged questions about his party’s uncompromising anti-choice laws aimed at challenging Roe v. Wade and became the face of the GOP’s attempt to run from the issue.

Then Gardner admitted to Politico recently that he believes abortion bans like those passed without exceptions for rape or incest are “up to the states.”

Of course, this is consistent with Gardner’s rigid anti-choice record, despite his efforts to convince Coloradans otherwise. As the Aurora Sentinel wrote in an editorial last week, Gardner “dishonestly tried to assure Colorado voters in 2014 that, if elected, he would not permit erosion of women’s reproductive rights” by throwing up a “smokescreen” and insisting Roe v. Wade was settled law.

But in the Senate, Gardner has consistently voted to confirm Trump’s rigid anti-choice judicial nominees. More of these judges are expected to receive votes this week. He has also voted several times to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to more than 25,000 Coloradans annually.

Here’s the good news: Coloradans are fighting back. Anti-choice bills don’t fly in the state Legislature and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado says it’s seen a surge of volunteers, calls and emails from people wanting to defend

reproductive rights. 2020 can’t come soon enough. Cory Gardner supported the anti-choice judges President Trump selected to stack the courts, which is exactly why states are now passing strict laws with the intent of tearing down Roe v. Wade. This is another example of how what Gardner promised as a candidate isn’t what he’s done in Washington, and Coloradans are ready to hold him accountable in 2020.

– Alyssa Roberts, Colorado Democratic Party