Blog: News Update – June 28, 2018
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
Don’t duck and hide! As this newsletter is being put together, the news bombards the senses by dismantling what was considered to be core American values. On Tuesday the Supreme Court came to two devastating decisions. First, they honored President Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision that the ban was illegal. SCOTUS stated that the President was acting within his right to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States.” Religious liberty took a blow!
And if that wasn’t disheartening enough, the highest court in the land decided that the First Amendment wasn’t imperative to protect patients in California’s ‘crisis pregnancy centers’. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority response to National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, and said that the First Amendment rights of these so-called health centers was violated because the centers were mandated to provide information to which they are fundamentally opposed. This protects the bias of the provider and lacks concern for the welfare of the patient.
No longer can patients expect the standard of care to include accurate and comprehensive information. No longer will a patient be able to trust a staff person to provide comprehensive, accurate information.
The problem of being told only what the provider believes is right or good for you is growing problem for health consumers. We are facing censorship and disregard for medical facts on several fronts. Title X (the national family planning program) is being threatened with a ‘gag rule’ mandating that all Title X recipients cannot say anything about the legitimate option of abortion when someone presents with an unintended pregnancy. Among the other restrictions is the fact that a Title X recipient that provides abortion must do so in a completely separate physical facility. Once again, the patient’s rights are totally disregarded. Please let the government know your disdain for these unhealthy and unethical restrictions by taking advantage of the Public Comment period at this link.
The highest court in the land has decreed that California clinics have the right to lie to patients about medical options and can be silent instead of giving pertinent medical information. Similar limited or ‘discriminating’ care can be found in medical facilities that follow the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives. These restrictions can increase health risks and threaten a patient’s well being. The CORCRC is dedicated to making sure that such restrictions are made apparent to the consumer. Services that are provided or not provided need to be publicly stated and advertised.
The importance of this issue is clearly stated in a recent edition of The Lily. This article contains important information provided by member of the CORCRC Board of Trustees, Dr. Maryam Guiahi.
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. We must resist the temptation to ‘duck and hide’. Together we must fight to prevent our freedoms from being eroded and the dismantling of our rights.
Proposed Legislation: Increased cash assistance for Needy Colorado Families will be decided at a hearing of The State Human Services Board on July 6th. The Board will be deciding the fate of thousands of families receiving Colorado’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). For more details visit the Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Points of Interest
The Separation of Families policy has shown that the President of the U.S. will go to any extreme to ban immigrants and refugees from entering our country. Trump initially refused to acknowledge that he could turn the shameful policy around. Instead of taking responsibility for this disaster, he blamed Democrats and an unresponsive Congress for creating the human tragedy. This policy, criticized by his wife, his base, religious leaders and subsequently (only after an incredible outcry) fellow Republicans, was finally overturned. A child being separated from their parent’s is literally a toxic experience that is traumatic and related to permanent negative physical effects confirmed by research on Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACE. This policy is tantamount to government sanctioned child abuse.
Trump’s zeal to ‘win’ overrides any concern over the horrible consequences to families and children; thousands of children are still separated from their families and the actual implementation of ‘fixing this nightmare’ is unknown. CORCRC urges you to reach out to your Congressional Representative to support the Keep Families Together Act, HR 6135.
One can only imagine the long-term ramifications of the hate felt from the children who are detained. These children are being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily to the country holding them hostage and being stripped of their identity.
Immigrants and/or assylum seekers in detention cannot get released from ICE until they pay a bond set at a minimum of $1500.
To assist those families, visit RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Grand Junction Update
The weekend’s pride festivities in Grand Junction were nothing short of being colorful and impactful. Pride Month reflected a community comprised of individuals from all different walks of life and backgrounds, non-profits and organizations alike, coming together to celebrate the work needed to ensure the same civil rights and liberties for all. CORCRC is proud to be a part of this community.
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.
June 30th – National Day of Action
Immigrants should never have to live in fear of detention, deportation, or separation — their home and families are here. Demonstrate in support of #FamiliesBelongTogether
Time: from 10am – 12pm
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
Location: at the Mesa County Courthouse @ 544 Rood Ave.
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