Blog: News Update – June 14, 2018

Blog: News Update - June 14, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Momentum can best describe the tidal wave of power and influence being exercised by women. Women are entering politics and winning primaries at unprecedented levels. The blatant hostility towards women exhibited by the President and his administration has emboldened all women and embarrassed many good men.

A sign of cultural shift is the surprising fact that passage of the Equal Rights Amendment is resurrected.  Illinois became the 37th state to pass the E.R.A in May of 2018 and 38 states are needed for ratification. The main clause states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Arguments made against the E.R.A. in the 70’s and 80’s sound familiar.  Opponents feared that gender equality would result in husband’s no-longer supporting their wives, women would be forced to use unisex bathrooms, and abortion rights would be expanded.

The original ratification deadline was 1982 and Congress passed the E.R.A. in 1972!  Supporters challenge the 1982 ratification deadline since Michigan ratified the Madison Amendment of 1789 about changes in congressional pay in 1992!!

Women’s voices must be heard and respected.  Tremors from the powerful voices of the #Me Too movement are felt in the media, politics and the church.  Just last week the Southern Baptist Convention confronted their history of objectifying and abusing women.

We must continue to be vigilant and watch what is going on at the state and national level.  Do not be distracted by the drama of ludicrous tweet storms.  Defend the freedoms and rights of all.  Be persistent.

Vote to elect representatives who will ensure our rights are upheld.

Legislation Update

The Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cake case.  The narrowdecision was critical of the Colorado Civil Rights Division’s (CCRD) procedure stating that the CCRCD showed hostility toward Mr. Phillips’ (the baker) religious views.

This decision does not undermine the Colorado law that clearly prohibits businesses open to the public from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

It is inevitable that similar cases will be brought forth trying to expand the concept of ‘religious freedom’ to include the right to discriminate.  CORCRC will defend public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.

Points of Interest

CORCRC is outraged by the government’s attempt to weaken patient’s rights.  It is clear that the projected new regulations on Title X recipients, the outrageous federal support for Crisis Pregnancy Centers and the lack of transparency by Catholic Hospitals regarding their obedience to the “Bishops Directives” are all threats to a patients right to information.  CORCRC is focused on the publics right to complete and accurate information so that an informed health decision can be made.

Women of color are more likely to give birth in Catholic hospitals and thus bear the brunt of religious restrictions that are imposed on all patients.  All hospitals must be transparent about their policies and list what services they do and do not provide. Here is a good update.

Is Your Hospital Catholic? Many Women Don’t Know — Rewire News

VOTING is a Privilege and Responsibility
Vote in the primary. 
Ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day, June 26, 2018.

 

Upcoming Events

June

June 21 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Repro Rights Roadshow – Hotchkiss
Memorial Hall
175 N 1st St, Hotchkiss, Colorado 81419
JOIN US to learn 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.

June 22nd Friday,
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley (UUCGV)
6pm-7:30pm | Program begins at 6:30pm
536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction, 81501
Drinks & refreshments to be served.
RSVP to Jen at jsamano@aclu-co.org

Everything Elections
An educational happy hour with the ACLU of Colorado & the Mesa County Clerk’s office.
Join the ALCU of Colorado for a conversation with Mesa County Clerk & Recorder, Sheila Reiner, and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Colorado elections and voting. One of the greatest threats to voter turnout is lack of faith in our electoral system. Educate yourself on the ins-and-outs of our system so that you can spread the word in your community—and spread the vote! Be an informed voter this election cycle and vote like your rights depend on it.

June 25, 6-8 p.m. Monday,
If you don’t know your rights, you can’t protect your rights. Join Humanists Doing Good, Grand Junction and the ACLU of Colorado on Monday, June 25 to learn about the history of reproductive rights and your rights in Colorado.
Know Your Rights: Reproductive Rights
The Radio Room at KAFM
1310 Ute Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
RSVP at: http://bit.ly/KYRrepro18

June 29th
A memorial service celebrating the life of Rev. Margaret Rush Hankins, CORCRC’s first Executive Director, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29 at Hope United Methodist Church, 5101 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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