Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) is in hot water this week after it was discovered that her office consulted with the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood on a press release to announce her department’s Alabama boycott.
Before Colorado’s Secretary of State put out a news release calling for a boycott of Alabama over the state’s new abortion ban, her office sent the news release to Planned Parenthood for suggestions and edits.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) announced she was restricting employee travel to Alabama in response to a strict abortion ban signed into law last week.
About two hours before the news release was sent out, Griswold’s communications director, Serena Woods, emailed the draft news release to Whitney Phillips and Jack Teter. Phillips is the vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Teter is Planned Parenthood’s political director.
In an email dated May 16 at 12:24 p.m., Woods wrote Phillips and Teter:
Whitney & Jack,
Draft of what we are thinking attached. LMK thoughts/edits. If you could turn around as quickly as possible that would be great because SOS wants to move fast.
There were other communications as well, as you can read at the below link.
Colorado's chief elections officer, Secretary of State @JenaGriswold, allowed Planned Parenthood to edit her official statement calling for a boycott of Alabama over its abortion ban. PP's edits directed Griswold to use poll-tested terms. #copolitics https://t.co/jpRZF6B9eb
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 22, 2019
Just to make clear, the travel ban is for her office only, not the whole state. Plus, Griswold is also considering a Senate run. What a surprise!
Proof that @JenaGriswold's banning SOS employees from traveling to Alabama is nothing more than a cheap political stunt?
Governor @jaredpolis has declined to follow in Griswold's footsteps.
— Tyler Sandberg (@wtylersandberg) May 21, 2019
When Griswold was asked for a comment on her office’s consulting work with Planned Parenthood, she issued a lengthy response and went into the predictable “right to choose” mode. Only one sentence from her statement applied to the question:
I consulted with Planned Parenthood about this decision, as they are one of the largest providers of, and leading experts on, women’s health care.
Oh, baloney. The real reason Griswold reached out to Planned Parenthood on this issue is because they donated to her 2018 campaign, and it was time to give them their money’s worth:
Griswold enjoyed the support of pro-abortion interest groups during her 2018 election, the first campaign that she ever ran. She received $1,150 from EMILY’s List, a national group that supports pro-abortion candidates, as well as $1,000 from Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, according to FollowtheMoney.org.
In case you were wondering how pro-abortion groups are so effective at getting their message out, now you know. The talking points these groups send out aren’t just for the mainstream media to regurgitate, of course.
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