Blog: News Update – May 10, 2018

Blog: News Update - May 10, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The 2018 Faith and Freedom Award Reception was a very special evening! CORCRC honored two incredible reproductive rights champions: Karen Middleton, the Executive, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and Warren M. Hern, M.D.,M.P.H., Ph.D., Director Boulder Abortion Clinic.  Each of these leaders have tirelessly defended and strengthened reproductive rights and reproductive health care in Colorado.

Karen inspired us by emphasizing the importance of connection and embracing the diverse members of the community that support reproductive rights.  These sentiments are converted to action in her work and as a lead member of the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition.  Dr. Hern’s commitment to his life’s work as an abortion provider was framed in a rare mixture of humor and historical references. His inspirational and exceptional speech is posted on our website:

Religion, Power and Reproductive Freedom: A Checkered History of Conflict

This has been a wonderful evening: terrific music by the Paradox Duet, great food and positive energy. It was so rewarding to be among friends and colleagues in the historically rich Temple Emanuel.

 

Legislation Update

The 2018 Colorado Legislative Session officially ended yesterday on May 9th.

The Civil Rights Division and Commission Bill (HB 18-1256) is funded for next year and passed both houses.

House Concurrent Resolution 18-1002 to Repeal the Exception to the Constitutional Ban on Slavery passed the 3rd reading in the House on May 1st and will be on the November ballot.

The Reproductive Health Rights, Justice Act HB-1438 was introduced but failed to pass the Committee. This bold, unapologetic bill would have required all state regulated health plans in Colorado to cover the full range of reproductive healthcare and abolishes the 5-year waiting period for immigrants in Colorado.

 

Points of Interest

The National Abortion Federation (NAF) released its 2017 statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers.  It is unfortunate that the opposition is emboldened in the present environment of aggravated hostility and intolerance.

Escalating in Picketing, Trespassing, Obstruction, Clinic Blockades, Invasions, and Threats of Harm by Anti-Abortion Extremists.

Immigrant rights are being trampled. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has called for the resignation of Scott Lloyd, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  Lloyd has tried to block unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody from getting abortions.  Let your representatives know that you agree with Sen. Murray.

Top Dem: Official Who Denied Abortions for Unaccompanied Minors Should Resign

 

Upcoming Events

 

May

Save the dates May 30 and 31st
CORCRC will be co-hosting educational events with Catholics for Choice and ACLU Colorado on the Impact of Catholic administered hospitals on access to reproductive health services.  There will be events in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.  Details will be announced.

June

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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