Blog: News Update – February 8, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Once again our state legislation is facing a myriad of bills that challenge the fabric of our character. As Coloradoans and Americans, our identity is wrapped up in a sense of compassion and a commitment to freedom. Let’s make sure that these characteristics are reflected in our laws.

Legislation Update

Selected Bills to Support

HB18 – 1004 Continue Child Care Tax Credit
Sponsors: Reps. Coleman & Wilson/Sens. Tate & Kefalas
This bill will extend Tax Credit to 2025 and benefit families

HB18 – 1064 Training Program Prevention Child Sexual Abuse
Training program for early childhood provider and others who interact with children. This is a needed pro-active approach to a serious problem.

Selected Bills to Oppose
3 anti-choice House Bills are introduced and scheduled to be heard in February. CORCRC opposes them all. Now is a good time to let your representative know that you are against these bills.

HB18-1082 Women’s Right to Accurate Healthcare Information (Right Act)
Sponsors Rep Saine/Sen Marble
This bill must be defeated. It is really the WRONG ACT and contains a long list of intrusions and barriers to a woman’s choice for an abortion. Burdensome requirements include: unnecessary ultrasounds, a mandatory waiting period, false claims about fetal pain and criminalizing doctors.

HB18-1120 Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion
Sponsors: Rep. Patrick Neville/Sen. Tim Neville
The bill creates a definition of Dismemberment abortion and outlaws it. The procedure described is obsolete and rarely used

HB 1121 No Funding Trafficking Aborted Human Body Parts
Sponsors: Rep. Tim Leonard/Sens. Tim Neville & Vicki Marble
This bill terminates state funding to a Colorado higher education institute that traffics in aborted fetuses. This bill is a solution in search of a problem that does not exist.

Point of Interest
David Brooks provides an interesting reflection on history since Roe was passed. Compromise is recommended, but what about educating the public on the rarity and importance of late term abortions?

The Abortion Memo

Upcoming Events

February

February 14 – Women and Families’ Wednesdays
This week’s ongoing opportunity to meet with legislators will be hosted by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Meet in the Capitol basement cafeteria at 8:15 am and wear the color teal. There will be a brief lobby introduction and an update on bills to be addressed that morning.

February 15 – Transparency and Religiously Affiliated Hospitals
The right to informed decisions about one’s health care is crucial to the mission of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC). Dr. Joyce Lisbin, CORCRC Executive Director, will present information and lead a discussion on how this impacts access to our health care options.

Time: 10:00 am
Place: The Jewish Community Center, 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246

March

March 7: Lobby Day – Register today for Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day
8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the State Capitol, RSVP Required

March 21: Women and Families Wednesdays

CORCRC is co-hosting this morning at the Capitol with the Interfaith Alliance. Meet in the Capitol Basement cafeteria and wear the color teal. There will be a brief lobby introduction and an update on bills to be addressed that morning.

May

May 3: Faith and Freedom Save the Date.
Ticket details to be announced

Time: 6:00 pm, Temple Emanuel

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