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Perlmutter Believes Women Make Own Medical Decisions; Joe Coors' Most Extreme and Anti-Choice GOP Candidate

Press Release

Location: Wheat Ridge, CO

New information on Joe Coors has come to light that positions the 70-year old Republican and one of the most extreme anti-choice candidates running for Congress in 2012. Coors has a long history of supporting the extreme restrictions on the ability of women to make their own medical decisions, and he wants government to take even more control of women's reproductive rights.

In 2010, Joe Coors gave $1,000 to fund the Personhood initiative in Colorado, which would have banned all forms of abortion INCLUDING in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother.

It was recently discovered that in 2008, Joe Coors donated money to fund the Colorado Right to Life Committee which was the driving force and funder of the 2008 Personhood Initiative in Colorado. The 2008 language also banned all forms of abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

This initiative was so extreme that even the National Right to Life Committee rejected the efforts to pass a "personhood" amendment to the Constitution and disaffiliated itself from the Colorado Right to Life Committee.

"Joe Coors pattern of supporting and funding the most restrictions on women's ability to make their own medical decisions is more extreme than Reps. Todd Akin, VP candidate Paul Ryan and nearly every other Republican candidate," said Perlmutter Spokeswoman Leslie Oliver. "Joe Coors' actions would endanger women and impose more government intrusion into their lives. Joe Coors supporting and funding radical measures that even the National Right to Life Committee views as extreme, tells the voters of Colorado just how out of step he is and how he views the rights of women."

"All voters and especially women should know Joe Coors is interested in placing the most extreme government restrictions on their ability to make their own medical decisions but this year, the voters in the 7th CD, will hopefully once again send a message that this is an area government doesn't belong, and the Personhood Amendment and Joe Coors are wrong for Colorado."

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