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Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette today lauded the announcement made by breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure that it planned to rework new policies that prevented it from funding Planned Parenthood. DeGette told the Colorado Independent that the dramatic turnaround, while good news, served mostly to raise wider questions about whether or not the blockbuster charity organization was basing its health-care funding decisions on solid scientific findings.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has struggled to win over social-conservative primary campaign voters, but he recently took up the hard-core anti-abortion, anti-birth control, anti-stem cell personhood movement, which would grant full citizen rights to fertilized human eggs. It's a move that will surely doom his chances to win a general election in Colorado, according to First District Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, head of the congressional pro-choice caucus, and state Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio.
Colorado voters in 2008 and 2010 roundly rejected "personhood" initiatives that aimed to grant full legal rights to human eggs from the moment of fertilization. The national organization behind the idea, Personhood USA, then took its campaign to Mississippi, betting the state's large bloc of religious voters might put it over the top and set the stage to challenge Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
Colorado First District Representative Diana DeGette has re-introduced her Stem Cell Research Advancement Act. She's announcing the move at Craig Hospital today in Colorado. An earlier version of the bi-partisan legislation passed in the House and Senate before being vetoed by President Bush. The re-introduction of the bill will test attitudes among members of the Republican-controlled Congress this year on stem cell research, which has remained a hot-button topic in strict anti-abortion circles even as stem-cell research methods progress and have already reached a point where many believe the original ethical arguments against the practice have become moot.
Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a leading advocate for women's health and head of the Pro-Choice Congressional Caucus, celebrated on Friday a ruling lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
The media has ignited this week with stories in Colorado centered on "life" and "women's" issues. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is underlining GOP rival...
Democrats are meeting this weekend in Denver as part of the Democratic Leadership Council, and The Denver Post's John Aloysius Farrell reports that Sen. Ken Salazar's successful 2004 campaign will be a hot topic of discussion as an example of how to win cross-over votes with a moderate campaign. Salazar picked up nearly 80,000 more votes in Colorado than Presidential candidate John Kerry.