Catholic Charities goes to the Capitol, urges protection of women’s health

Catholic Charities staff and ministry partners testified before state legislators at the Capitol last week, urging protection of women’s health and awareness of abortion pill reversal services.

Jenny Langness, program director for Marisol Health, and Dede Chism, executive director and nurse practitioner at Bella Natural Women’s Care in Englewood, both spoke before members of a legislative committee Feb. 9 at the state Capitol in downtown Denver. They testified in support of the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act (HB 1086), which proposed informing patients about abortion pill reversals taken to counteract chemically-induced abortions.

The two leaders were among many medical experts, activists and women who spoke at the Capitol that night. Legislators also heard testimony on the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 1085), which proposed new regulations and inspections on abortion clinics. Both bills were killed in committee.

Langness spoke to the state House committee about the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act.

“Women are smart. Women are thoughtful. Women should be getting all of the information including the abortion pill reversal information,” she said. “As a healthcare clinic, we believe that in this modern day of healthcare that we have in the United States, everyone should have full informed consent for any medical procedure. Full and informed consent includes complete explanation of all risks, benefits and any alternative treatments available. Only with full disclosure can anyone make a fully informed choice.”

Catholic Charities of Denver operates many ministries to serve women in need of reproductive services, social services, housing services, counseling, case management and more. Its Respect Life Office champions the sanctity of life from conception to natural death and provides life-affirming community events throughout the year. Learn more at respectlifedenver.org.

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