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2011: Gardner Voted Against Ensuring That The Protect Life Act Would Not Allow Medical Providers To Forego Life-Saving Procedures On A Pregnant Woman.

October 2011, Gardner voted against a motion to recommit the bill by amending the Protect Life Act to ensure “that nothing in the bill would exempt hospitals or medical providers from state or federal laws requiring they give care that would prevent the death of pregnant women with emergency medical conditions.” The underlying bill prohibited the use of federal funds to purchase insurance plans that cover abortion services and provided “conscience protections” for health care providers. The House rejected the motion by a vote of 173 to 249. The underlying bill passed the House but the Senate took no action on the bill. [House Vote 788, 10/13/11; Congressional Quarterly, 10/13/11, 10/10/11]

2010: Gardner Stated He Was Pro-Life, Even When Asked About Instances Of Rape, Incest, And When A Mother’s Life Was In Danger.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Some of the sharpest contrasts between Betsy Markey and Cory Gardner come on social and cultural issues, though neither 4th Congressional District candidate has emphasized such issues this year. Markey, the Democratic incumbent from Fort Collins, supports a woman’s right to make decisions on abortion; Gardner says abortion should be illegal in all instances. ‘I’ve been very up-front on it; I am pro-life,’ Gardner, a state representative from Yuma, said in an interview with the Coloradoan. When asked if he would allow exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, Gardner said, ‘I’m pro-life, and I believe abortion is wrong.”‘ [Fort Collins Coloradoan, 9/28/10]

Gardner Co-Sponsored Legislation To Block Federal Funding For Abortion And Redefine Rape As “Forcible Rape.”

2011: Gardner Co-Sponsored A Bill To Prohibit Federal Funding For Abortion, Except In Cases Of Rape, Incest, Or Life Of The Mother. In May 2011, co-sponsored a bill, which, according to Congressional Quarterly, would have “prohibit[ed] federal funding for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is endangered. It would [have] modif[ied] tax breaks given for health insurance coverage to exclude coverage for abortion, prohibit[ed] federal medical facilities from providing abortion services.” The House passed the bill with a vote of 251 to 175. The Senate took no subsequent action. [House Vote 292, 5/4/11; Congressional Actions, H.R. 3; Congressional Quarterly, 5/4/11]

  • Gardner Joined Akin And Paul Ryan As The Bill’s Original Co-Sponsor. According to an opinion piece by Democratic operative Laura Chapin, published in the Denver Post, “Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — along with Akin, Gardner, Lamborn and Coffman — co-sponsored the original version of HR 3.” [Laura Chapin – Denver Post, 8/21/12]

  • The “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” Narrowed The Definition Of Rape To “Forcible Rape.” According to the Huffington Post, “Ryan also cosponsored the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ with Akin in 2011. The GOP tried to narrow the definition of rape as it related to abortions with the measure. Only in instances of ‘forcible rape,’ the bill specified, would a woman be eligible to have her abortion covered under insurance. The sentiment behind the notorious attempt to redefine rape was echoed in Akin’s comment on Sunday.” [Huffington Post, 8/19/12]

  • The Term “Forcible Rape” Was Used In The Original Bill. According to the Washington Post, “Responding to Democratic charges that he sought to narrow the definition of rape when he co-sponsored a House measure last year that used the term ‘forcible rape,’ presumptive GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Monday that the phrase was ‘stock language’ and that he agreed with its eventual removal from the bill. ‘Democrats have been accusing you of trying to redefine rape,’ Fox News Channel host Bret Baier said to Ryan in an interview that aired Monday night. ‘You co-sponsored legislation seeking to distinguish between statutory and forcible rape. Why?’ ‘Well, look. All of these bills were bills to stop taxpayer financing of abortion,’ Ryan said. ‘Most Americans agree with us, including pro-choice Americans, that we shouldn’t use hardworking taxpayer dollars to finance abortion. Rape is rape, period. This is language that was stock language used for lots of different bills – bills I didn’t author – and that language was removed, to be very clear, and I agree with that, removing that language so we are very clear. Rape is rape, period. End of story.’” [Washington Post, 8/27/12]

Garner Was A Longtime Supporter Of Personhood…

KDVR: Gardner Supported The 2010 Personhood Initiative Which Would Have Banned Abortion In Colorado. According to KDVR, “The one-minute video focuses on Gardner’s support for the 2010 Personhood initiative, which would have effectively banned abortion in Colorado, a House GOP budget plan that would have ‘ended Medicare as we know it’, and his opposition to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as part of comprehensive immigration reform.” [KDVR, 3/11/14]

  • The Proposal Would Ban Abortion In All Cases, Including Rape And Incest, In Addition To Potentially Criminalizing Doctors Who Terminated Ectopic Pregnancies And Banning Multiple Forms Of The Birth Control Pill. According to US News And World Report, “This proposal would ban abortion in all cases, even for victims of rape and incest, potentially criminalize doctors who terminate life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, and ban many forms of birth control, including the IUD and some types of the Pill. There’s another Personhood measure on the ballot this year, even though the last one lost 70-30 in 2010.” [US News And World Report, 2/27/14]

  • The Personhood Ballot Measures Would Give Full Legal Rights To Fertilized Eggs In The Colorado Constitution. According to US News, “Like Buck, Gardner has been an enthusiastic supporter of the ballot measures that would give full legal rights to fertilized eggs in the Colorado Constitution, also known as ‘Personhood.’” [US News, 2/27/14]

Gardner Said That He Circulated Personhood Petitions In His Church Which Banned Abortion, Even In The Case Of Rape. According to the Huffington Post, “The personhood amendment, which would ban all abortion, even for rape, forces a discussion about when life begins and why–which can lead to religion–as we saw in the video of Rep. Cory Gardner saying he circulated personhood petitions in his church.” [Huffington Post, 3/10/14; Cory Gardner Shows Love For Personhood, Accessed 3/14/14]

2013: Gardner Co-Sponsored Bill Declaring That Human Life Began At Fertilization Or Cloning, Also Known As Fetal Personhood. In July 2013, Gardner co-sponsored a bill that, according to the Congressional Research Service, would have “[d]eclare[d] that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution [was] vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual [came] into being.” [Congressional Research Service, 3/12/13; Congressional Actions, H.R. 1091; Congressional Sponsors, 7/23/13]

  • Personhood Proposals Would Criminalize Common And Effective Forms Of Birth Control. According to a press release by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “These ‘personhood’ proposals, as acknowledged by proponents, would make condoms, natural family planning, and spermicides the only legally allowed forms of birth control. Thus, some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception, such as oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and other forms of FDA-approved hormonal contraceptives could be banned in states that adopt ‘personhood’ measures.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2/10/12]

2012: Gardner Co-Sponsored Bill Declaring That Human Life Began At Fertilization Or Cloning, Also Known As Fetal Personhood. In March 2012, Gardner co-sponsored a bill that, according to the Congressional Research Service, would have “[d]eclare[d] that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution [was] vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual [came] into being.” [Congressional Research Service, 1/20/11; Congressional Actions, H.R. 374; Congressional Sponsors, 3/20/12]

  • Personhood Proposals Would Criminalize Common And Effective Forms Of Birth Control. According to a press release by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “These ‘personhood’ proposals, as acknowledged by proponents, would make condoms, natural family planning, and spermicides the only legally allowed forms of birth control. Thus, some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception, such as oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and other forms of FDA-approved hormonal contraceptives could be banned in states that adopt ‘personhood’ measures.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2/10/12]

But Flip-Flopped On Personhood During Senate Campaign.

Gardner Said “I Was Not Right. I Can’t Support Personhood Now” And “I Can’t Support Personhood Going Forward” Because “To Do It Again Would Be A Mistake.”According to the Denver Post, “‘I was not right. I can’t supportpersonhoodnow. I can’t supportpersonhoodgoing forward. To do it again would be a mistake.’” [Denver Post, 3/24/14]

Gardner’s Change Came Less Than A Week After His Last Major Opponent In The GOP Primary Dropped Out. According to the Associated Press, “Gardner’s campaign said he was not immediately available for comment Monday. The congressman still opposes abortion rights. His change came less than a week after his last major opponent in the GOP primary dropped out, making Gardner the prohibitive favorite to win his party’s nomination.” [Associated Press, 3/25/14]

Gardner Voted Multiple Times To Defund Planned Parenthood.

According to an opinion piece by Laura Chapin, published in the U.S. News & World Report, “Gardner’s anti-women’s rights record in Congress includes voting multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood including a 2011 Republican amendment that would bar all funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates. This encompassed Planned Parenthood’s medical programs that provide family planning assistance, contraception, HIV counseling, STD and cancer screenings and other medical care.” [Laura Chapin – U.S. News & World Report, 2/27/14]

2011: Gardner Voted To Eliminate Funding For Planned Parenthood In The 2011 Continuing Appropriations Bill. In February 2011, Gardner voted for a bill that would have, cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. According to Roll Call, “More than a dozen House Republicans confirmed Wednesday that their vote on any long-term continuing resolution could well hinge on whether it includes language to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which offers abortion services. […] Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), declined Wednesday to discuss how leadership is planning to deal with conservative concerns over abortion funding. ‘At this point, our position is [to support] H.R. 1, which includes those provisions,’ Steel said in a statement. ‘We’re still waiting to see a plan to cut spending and help create jobs from the Democrats who run Washington.’” The House passed the bill by a vote of 235 to 189. The Senate extensively amended the legislation and passed the bill, but it was not taken up again by the House. [House Vote 147, 2/19/11; Roll Call, 3/10/11; Congressional Actions, H.R. 1]