Blog: News Update – April 19, 2018
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
CORCRC’s first Executive Director, Rev. Margaret Rush Hankins passed away on April 12, 2018. In 2017, Rev. Hankins received the Faith and Freedom Award for a life dedicated to reproductive rights and for successfully leading the effort in 2017 to maintain a relationship between CORCRC and the Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference.
Margaret, entered ministry in 1978 in the Rocky Mountain Conference. She faithfully served the churches of Lyons, Denver Emmanuel and Englewood Hope and served Conference level positions of District Superintendent for the Mile High Pikes Peak District and as the Rocky Mountain Conference Council on Ministries Program Coordinator.
Rev. Hankins will be missed by her family and the many dear friends and colleagues she made throughout her life.
HB18-1001, the CO FAMLI Act – Update This bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate. At this date we don’t know which Senate committee will hear the bill.
HB 18-1387, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, was introduced on 4.10.2018. Sponsors are Reps. Danielson and Buckner and Sens. Donovan and Fields will have its first hearing in the House Finance Committee on Monday, April 23rd at 1:30 pm. Let your voice be heard.
Another item of interest: House Concurrent Resolution 18-002 would ask the voters of Colorado to remove slavery from the Colorado Constitution. It must pass both houses with a 2/3 majority to get on the ballot. It was on the 2016 ballot but there was some confusion around prison industries. We will be following this closely.
Points of Interest
At Home and abroad women are demanding changes. We are all benefitting from their tireless efforts. Change is coming!
Argentina – Due to a surge of feminist activism, change is erupting, Currently abortion is only allowed in the predominantly Catholic country when the mother’s health is at risk, in cases of rape or if the fetus is extremely deformed. Now more than 70 members of the Argentinian Congress are proposing legislation that would allow women to have the procedure during the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy.
Ireland- On May 25th the country will vote in a referendum on its abortion laws. Voters will decide if they want to repeal article 40.3.3 – known as the eighth amendment – which since 1983 has given unborn fetuses and pregnant women an equal right to life, in effect enshrining a ban on abortion in the country’s constitution. These laws reflected the once stridently Catholic country allegiance to their faith. In 2013, a major reform took place and terminations were allowed in cases where the mother’s life was in danger. If the present laws are repealed, the Irish government has said it will introduce legislation permitting unrestricted abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
And then there is Mississippi, U.S.A.! Allies are rallying to turn around a negative situation that has deprived women of access to comprehensive reproductive health care for decades.
Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said, “Mississippi’s regulations have nothing to do with women’s health, and everything to do with shaming women and blocking access to abortion care.
“We’re taking Mississippi and other states to court to protect abortion access and make it clear to anti-choice politicians across the U.S. that they are not above the law – and that in the court of law, facts, evidence and the Constitution sill matter.” CORCRC is grateful to the Center for Reproductive Rights for boldly challenging the courts.
JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. We’ll talk about what’s going on at the Capitol and how you can help. We also want to hear from you! Tell us what’s happening in your schools and community and how we can help make your community and the state of Colorado a leader in Reproductive Rights.
April 28 – Reproductive Road Show – Alamosa
Alamosa Rec Center
2222 Old Sanford Rd, Alamosa
1:30 to 3:30pm
May 2: Reproductive Road Show – Longmont
Longmont Public Library
409 4th Ave, Longmont,
Wednesday May 2, 2018
6:30 to 8:30pm
May 3: Faith and Freedom
You are invited to the 2018 Alex Lukens
Faith and Freedom Award Reception
This year’s unprecedented political challenges have been met with vigorous public engagement and an energized public. It is a perfect time to honor two long-time inspirational activists who have been defending reproductive rights for decades.
Karen Middleton, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
The second distinguished recipient will be revealed at the event.
Please join us in honoring these heroes.
Reception Followed by Presentation
Thursday, May 3rd,
51 Grape St. Denver, Colorado 80220
Musical performance by:
“Paradox Duet” Dr. Brian Ross, violin, Dr. Karlotta Davis, flute
Recommended level of donations:
$250 or over = Sponsor (your name in the program, four entries)
$150 = Patron (your name in the program, two entries)
$75 = Supporter (two entries)
$25 = Friend/Student (one entry)
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Guest names are:_________________________________________________.
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For your convenience go to Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/FFAR2018
Send your check with reservation/donation information to;
CORCRC P.O. Box 102464
Denver, Co 80250-2464
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