Support women in a really important state.

To my friends, I hope you won’t mind too much if I take this space to raise money for a non-profit today. (It happens to be Colorado Gives Day.)

Many of us are upset and anxious every day about the state of our world. I sure am. One way I’m going to fight like hell is by supporting NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, as a donor and as a board member. We are the political arm of the pro-choice movement in Colorado. We support pro-choice, pro-woman, pro-family candidates & policies.

This means things like:

— Accurate sex education

— Access to effective and affordable birth control so women and families can decide if/when to have children

— Access to safe and legal abortion, because a person’s pregnancy is something that should be under the care of a doctor/patient relationship, not something that should be legislated by politicians

— Support for paid family/parental leave

Maybe you read the article on Jezebel a few months back about the doctor in Boulder who provides late-term abortions. Many of his patients are absolutely devastated and wanted to have a live baby. We stand up for that doctor.

Maybe you saw the news that Trump appointed a man to run HHS who said he couldn’t find one woman in America who can’t afford birth control. We stand up and call bullshit on crazy statements like that.

Maybe you saw the news this week that Texas will now require fetal remains to be cremated or buried (as part of their nonstop campaign to make access to abortion slim to none). The disingenuousness is appalling. We stand against these kind of laws.

Colorado is an island. A haven state for women from surrounding anti-choice states (and beyond; see Jezebel above). NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado helped defeat 12 anti-choice bills in the state in the last 2 years and I’m sure we will continue to do so in 2017 and beyond. Even if you don’t live in Colorado, it’s important that we protect what we have here, for women from anywhere.

Personally, I’m scared about what Trump/Pence can do. If you have a few dollars to spare and have been looking for an effective, important charity to support, I hope you’ll consider giving to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.