Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator
It is 6 pm, outside of a Fort Collins, Colorado bar. A couple pro-life Colorado State University (CSU) students enter to attend State Representative Joann Ginal’s Town Hall on “Sex, Politics, and Conversation.” Several of us gather outside with “I AM THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION” t-shirts and signs.
A moment later, Rep. Ginal introduces herself, mentioning that she’s pro-life too, just sees the issue a little differently and strongly encourages us to join the town hall and engage in the discussion.
Twelve of our team accepted the invitation, leaving six outside to be a pro-life presence.
Inside, it wasn’t quite as welcoming. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, CO Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Population Connection Action Fund, and a community individual made up the panel. “Being pro-choice is actually more pro-life than being ‘pro-life,’” stated one of the panelists. After listing to the avidly pro-abortion speakers for an hour, we were ready to join the dialogue.
“A couple times during Q and A we were the only ones with our hands raised, [but Rep. Ginal] waited until a pro-abortion person had a question and chose them,” Christina Coffman, Denver Pro-Life Future President shared.
However, one CSU student was allowed to ask a question. Ben Jenkins simply asked for the source of stats that sited during the event. Rep. Ginal didn’t answer his question, brushing it aside as a statement.
After the event closed, we had some good conversations, including one with seven pro-choice university students. They were surprised to hear about the resources and support offered at community health centers and pregnancy help organizations and engaged in meaningful dialogue with us.
“A few abortion supporters came up to me, eager to hear what my questions were,” Coffman stated. Her main question was, “How can Planned Parenthood consider themselves pro-choice, yet be here partnered with the Population Connection (formerly called Zero Population Growth) on the panel, the largest abortion provider partnered with an organization aiming to end reproduction of future generations?”
Meanwhile, outside the event – around 6:50 pm, over halfway through the Town Hall – someone posted “I Stand with PP” and “Pro-Choice” signs, smothering the bar’s outside windows. Why the signs showed up an hour after the Pro-Life Gen did, I’ll let you decide.