The Denver Post headline screamed, “Democrat Jared Polis says more women likely to die if Walker Stapleton is elected governor.” We actually laughed out loud about how ridiculous of a statement this was and, thus, were forced to read the article in its entirety.
And, it got way better. From the Post article from newly minted political reporter, Nic Garcia:
“’If Walker Stapleton was elected, mortality for women would likely go up with these policies he’s advocating, the HIV infection rate would go up,’ he said, flanked by employees and volunteers at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
“Polis made the comments after an employee from Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, a political arm of the health care organization, suggested maternal mortality was extremely high in Texas due in part to a lack of access to clinics such as Planned Parenthood. (A reporting error is partly to blame, a new report found.)”
First of all, that’s patently false adn straight up fear-mongering. But, we totally get it. Polis must be so far ahead in the polls (although, that’s not what we have heard) that he’s going full Mark Uterus.
In case you just moved here like 40% of our population, PeakNation™, Mark Uterus was the moniker the right gave to former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in his 2014 election for being irrationally focused on women’s reproductive health as everyone else was focused on legitimate concerns like the economy, housing prices, and more.
But if Polis is determined to follow in the footsteps of Udall, we say carry on.