Blog: News Update – April 26, 2018

Blog: News Update - April 26, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The first recorded evidence of induced abortion is from the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus in 1550 BC (Potts, Malcolm; Martha Campbell (2002). “History of Contraception”).  Women’s reliance on abortion techniques is identified around the world and is a consistently cross-cultural phenomenon.  Early methods included extreme physical activity to use of a variety of plants, poisons and exceptionally vigorous massages.  Attitudes, practices and environmental pressures to limit pregnancies fluctuate throughout the centuries within cultures.

A recent archaeological study has found evidence of abortion taking place in middle-class homes in 19th century New York.  This study is a fascinating glimpse of the relentless saga faced by all women to control their reproductive destiny.

Read more: Aborted Fetus and Pill Bottle in 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History of Family Planning

 

Bottle of ‘Clarke’s Female Pills’, an abortifacient drug, found in the 19th c Morton privy in Binghamton, NY. Credit: Forbes.com

Legislation Update

On Wednesday, April 25th the Rape Shield Civil Law will be signed.  This will align Colorado civil statutes to require a hearing for evidence determination in cases of sexual assault. This helps survivors sue their perpetrators without fear of shaming tactics being used to stop them.

House Bill 1378 – Equal Pay for Equal Work Act was passed in the House Finance Committee and is in the Appropriations Committee

Senate Bill 241-  Bad bill framed “religious freedom” as an excuse for discrimination in adoption passed Senate State Affairs.  The same committee killed prohibition on mental health professionals practicing conversion therapy.

House Concurrent Resolution 18-1002 to Repeal the Exception to the Constitutional Ban on Slavery will be heard in House State Affairs Committee on Thursday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.

Two years ago this Concurrent Resolution passed the full legislature by 100-0. Concurrent Resolutions are the legislature’s way of putting ballot issues before the voters and require a 2/3 vote in both houses.  In 2016 there was insufficient time to do voter education and the ballot issue failed.  Too many people had the misconception that passage would end prison industries.  Case law exists to show otherwise.

 

Points of Interest

 

The voices of American faith leaders taking a stand to support reproductive rights is consistent and growing in strength and numbers.  Here is another article demonstrating positive models of faith leaders making it clear that they trust women to make the right decisions.

Rhode Island Faith Leaders: Pass ‘Roe’ Protections Now

 

Upcoming Events


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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED –
April 28 – Reproductive Road Show – Alamosa
Alamosa Rec Center
2222 Old Sanford Rd, Alamosa
1:30 to 3:30 pm

May

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,
6:30-8:30 pm
Temple Emanuel
51 Grape St. Denver, Colorado 80220

Refreshments served

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)

I will attend____. There will be a total of _____ guests.
Guest names are:_________________________________________________.

I ___ cannot attend and here is my donation in honor of the award recipients and the work done by the CORCRC. $______

Please confirm your:
Name __________________________________
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and e-mail _____________________________

For your convenience go to Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/FFAR2018

or
Send your check with reservation/donation information to;
CORCRC P.O. Box 102464
Denver, Co 80250-2464

Thank you!

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