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A local NBC news affiliate has reported that Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) consulted with executives of Planned Parenthood prior to her call for a boycott of Alabama over its new law that bans most abortions.
9NEWS obtained internal email records of correspondence between the Secretary of State’s Office and members of the media in the wake of the Alabama boycott news release from Griswold’s office. The email records included communication with Planned Parenthood executives.
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“Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office asked Planned Parenthood to look over a news release announcing restricted travel to Alabama after it passed a strict abortion ban,” reported 9NEWS.com.
The report continued:
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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:
Draft - LMK - Thoughts/edits - SOS
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.
Phillips responded at 12:27 p.m. with the following:
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Thanks Serena, I believe our CEO is going to call the Secretary and share some additional feedback. In the meantime, my feedback on the media release is attached. It feels to me the Election Center part is a little inside baseball for most folks and the travel authorization is a little more digestible for the mainstream/media.
According to the report, Phillips made two edits to the press release. First, she suggested removing the phrase “Right to Choose” from the headline, replacing it with “Rights to Reproductive Health Care.”
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“We don’t recommend using right to choose/pro-life/pro-choice language anymore,”Phillips advised,“all polling indicates it is further...
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