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  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

Reproductive Freedom

The ACLU protects individuals’ right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent, and to be given access to the full range of reproductive health care.

Through litigation, public education and legislative advocacy, the ACLU of Colorado strives to ensure that everyone in our society has the resources to make responsible decisions about forming intimate relationships and building secure and healthy families. We seek to protect access to sex education, birth control, prenatal care, and the option of abortion, and oppose all efforts to erode those rights. In recent years, Colorado has unfortunately become a prominent battleground for reproductive rights, as religious extremists have attempted to force their beliefs on the rest of the state through the so-called “Personhood” ballot initiatives. The ACLU of Colorado worked tirelessly to defeat these attempts in 2008, 2010, and will do so again in 2014.


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Related Cases

Mercy Regional Medical Center
Planned Parenthood v. Owens

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Related Legislation

SB20-072:Human Sexuality Education Notification Requirement
SB20-077:Born Alive Child Physician Relationship
HB20-1098:Prohibition On Abortion After Twenty-two Weeks