For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2019

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Karen Middleton, Executive Director
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

Laura Chapin, Communications Consultant
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

Statement by NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton on the FAMLI Act

Denver – NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton today issued the following statement in support of SB 188, the FAMLI Act, which has its first hearing today in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee:

“This legislation reflects one of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s core reproductive rights principles. The FAMLI Act would guarantee all Colorado workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves and their families and reduce the economic stress so many Coloradans are under. We applaud Senator  Faith Winter for sponsoring this important legislation and we urge Colorado legislators to support it and pass it.

No Coloradan should have to choose between their economic security, and their family – and right now the people who stand to benefit most from this type of legislation are the women, low income people and communities of color most in need of support. Right now, nearly 1 in 4 new mothers return to work within two weeks because they cannot afford to go without pay.

No worker should have to choose between caring for an ill family member and losing their job. No parent should have to choose between spending time with their newborn child or going into debt. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMLI) would ensure that no one has to make those difficult decisions by establishing Colorado as a leading pro-family, pro-active state with paid family and medical leave. The time to pass it is now.“

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation’s mission is to support and protect, as a fundamental right and value, a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s mission is to develop and sustain a statewide constituency that used the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding reproductive health care.

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