FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020
Contact: Brian Dixon, 202-974-7744
Population Connection Action Fund is endorsing former Gov. John Hickenlooper in the race for U.S. Senate in Colorado.
“Cory Gardner has done nothing but enable four years of cruelty, chaos and corruption. He has stood by silently as Donald Trump has acted to make life harder and more dangerous for vulnerable people. He has stood by silently as Donald Trump has encouraged white supremacists and neo-Nazis. He has stood by silently as Donald Trump has cheered autocrats and human rights abusers while turning his back on the people abused,” said Population Connection Action Fund’s Senior Vice President Brian Dixon.
“The choice in Colorado is clear–it is John Hickenlooper. He will work to start undoing the damage that Trump and Gardner have caused. He’ll work to repeal the disgraceful Global Gag Rule that denies aid to health providers throughout the developing world unless they toe an anti-abortion line. He’ll work to restore aid to the United Nations Population Fund and support its work to expand access to contraceptives, emergency obstetric care and comprehensive reproductive health care. John Hickenlooper knows that universal access to family planning services and affordable contraceptives is key to building stronger families, stronger communities and stronger countries. He knows that the key to reducing poverty, to increasing opportunity and to addressing the climate crisis is to invest in people – especially women and girls around the world,” Dixon added.
Kate Brooks is the organizer of Population Connection Action Fund’s #Fight4HER campaign in Colorado. She says, “Cory Gardner has had chance after chance to stand up to Trump and for the health, empowerment and rights of people around the world. We have continually called on him to support legislation to repeal harmful policies, like the Global Gag Rule, that strip access to care and undermine personal freedom. He hasn’t taken one of those chances and his constituents are voting him out because of it! We are grateful that John Hickenlooper will fight for reproductive rights for Coloradans and for people all over the world.”
Dixon added, “It’s cliché to say that this is the most important election in our lifetime. But sometimes clichés are true. The world simply can’t take four more years of Trump’s cruelty, chaos and corruption or Gardner’s enabling. Cory Gardner has proven himself unfit to serve. John Hickenlooper is the right choice for Colorado, for the United States and, indeed, for the world.”