The West Steps: Now is the time to invest in Colorado’s Family Planning Program
For episode 4 of The West Steps, we are joined by three guests who bring a wealth of knowledge and passion for reproductive justice: Lauren Smith, Director of Public Policy at Soul 2 Soul Sisters and Elephant Circle; Hunter Nelson, Policy Analyst at the Colorado Children’s Campaign; and Amanda Carlson, Abortion Fund Director at Cobalt Advocates. Our guests detail the current need for increased investments in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Family Planning Program – an essential resource that helps thousands of Coloradans access critical care. Lauren, Hunter, and Amanda also detail racial and economic disparities in reproductive health access and outcomes – and why it is essential that we elevate the voices of Black, Brown, rural, and low-income communities in all reproductive justice efforts. Bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right, and it is essential that those who can become pregnant have resources and services readily available to make the best decisions for themselves and their futures.