Colorado

Cobalt Advocates and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) worked together in 2019 with lawmakers to advance policies to ensure all Coloradans, including young people, low-income communities, people of color, public service employees, immigrants, and refugees are able to access the full range of reproductive health care services they need, including contraception and abortion. Both organizations built strong relationships with the Governor’s office as well as other key state-level stakeholders, opening doors to create multi-year strategies to pass bold, proactive, protective reproductive health and rights legislation. With NIRH’s support, organizations in Colorado were galvanized by Cobalt Advocates and COLOR to create the CARE Act (Colorado Access to Reproductive (Health) Equity Act) Coalition. Building new relationships with other organizations has helped to create awareness in communities around Colorado. This project built on NIRH’s partnership with COLOR and Cobalt Advocates in 2018, where they worked to develop and implement a multi-pronged approach to galvanizing support for this agenda that incorporated advocacy, messaging, and field efforts. This project involved collaboration with SiX in 2018 and in 2019. In 2012, NIRH worked with Cobalt Advocates to achieve solid legal grounding for municipal employee coverage of abortion in Denver. In 2009, NIRH worked with Cobalt Advocates to co-host the Rocky Mountain West Regional Summit in Denver, bringing together advocates, elected leaders, and public health officials from 16 cities in 10 states to discuss reproductive health challenges and opportunities for solutions. In 2008, Cobalt Advocates surveyed pharmacies and health care providers statewide to determine the level of access women have to various types of contraceptives, including emergency contraception. Cobalt Advocates is working as part of a cohort of organizations in Colorado on a long-term initiative to develop and advance an abortion rights vision, engage a new and broad base of supporters, and reduce shame and stigma by publicly promoting the affirmative value of abortion in women's lives.