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Blog: News Update – August 9, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, In the past year, we have seen sexual harassment and assault issues finally acknowledged and powerful men have been held accountable for their actions. Though there have been many successes related to the #metoo movement, one unintended consequence has been the rise of backlash groups. One group calling themselves “incels” (short for “involuntarily celibate”) has inspired rage and violence against women. The deadly van attack in Toronto a few months ago, and the killings by Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, CA in 2014 were both said to have been inspired by the incel ideology. Read more about the dangerous ideology espoused by self-described “incels”: The Rage of the Incels – Jia Tolentino, New Yorker While the incel movement may have been accelerated by the successes in the #metoo...


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Blog: News Update – July 26, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Is your instinct of self-preservation encouraging you to avoid the news while your socially-conscience self reminds you that avoidance is not an affordable luxury in such outrageous times? We are here to offer relief to this daily dilemma. To ease your conflict and strengthen your activist side, know that a recent poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows that more voters are in support of abortion rights than not! Support for Roe v. Wade Hits New High More good news: Support for Roe is reflected in the attitudes that voters have towards the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  The polls reveal that he is not a ‘shoe-in’.  Lack of support for this candidate must be made clear so that his nomination can comfortably be defeated. Now, some...


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Blog: News Update – July 12, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.   His name was recently added to the list of handpicked conservative candidates that Trump touted during the presidential campaign. Concern for the rights of women and the health of Roe versus Wade are a major concern.  A Washington Post article emphasized the glee expressed by the religious right when this announcement was made and included a statement by the RCRC.  Mollie Katz (RCRC Communications Director) clearly summarized RCRC’s views about pregnant people making their own decisions based on their own conscience and their diverse religious beliefs regarding abortion.  RCRC origins in the Clergy Consultation Service were mentioned as an example of how clergy have reacted to restrictive laws in the past. It is important to review Kavanaugh’s...


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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....


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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...


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Blog: News Update – May 31, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC and Catholics for Choice co-hosted Religious Freedom, Religious Refusals: Patients’ Rights in Catholic Healthcare Facilities on Wednesday evening in Colorado Springs.  Kathryn Joseph, J.D. State Policy Associate, Domestic Program, Dr. Joyce Lisbin, CORCRC Executive Director, and Dr. Maryam Guiahi, CORCRC Board Member, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine spoke about patient rights and the need for transparency in Catholic Administered hospitals.  The discussion focused on the limited reproductive health services that result from abiding by the Ethical Religious Directives (ERDs) written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  These restrictions directly impact access to reproductive services, end-of-life care, and how LGBTQI patients and their families are treated. The ERDs mandate that doctors provide medical care that abides by the ethics of the Catholic...


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Blog: News Update – May 24, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The GAG Rule is Coming Home! We protested the negative impact of the Global Gag Rule that was signed by President Trump 48 hours after the Women’s March.  First signed by Reagan in 1984, this bill (also known as the Mexico City Policy) has been enforced by Republican presidents since then.  It states “non U.S. nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. family planning funding cannot inform the public or educate their government on the need to make safe abortion available, provide legal abortion services, or provide advice on where to get an abortion.” The Rule blocks a doctor’s speech and obligation to share medical information so that a patient can make an informed medical decision.  The impact of this regulation has been disastrous for women’s health and has not reduced abortion....


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Blog: News Update – May 17, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC is strengthening its visibility and voice in preserving and expanding reproductive rights and religious freedom for all.  Many people are still surprised when they are introduced to a faith-based group that is FOR reproductive rights.  We could think of no better way to make our existence and mission better known than with a video. Our first video tells the CORCRC story from the point of view of four faith leaders: Rev. Stephan Papa, Rev. Valerie Jackson, Rabbi Birdie Becker and Sister Maryann Cunningham.  Each person describes their religious and personal framework that compels them to commit to a woman’s right to choose. The video is posted on the CORCRC website and proudly reaffirms PEOPLE OF FAITH TRUST WOMEN! Legislation Update Unfinished business: The 2018 state legislative session is...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – May 3, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The phenomenon of the #MeToo movement is not as new as one might imagine.  Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006. Yes, just like the problem of sexual harassment, the phrase Me Too has been around before the likes of Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby.  Women have been standing up for themselves and each other long before social media or celebrities made headlines. In 1997, Tarana Burke was working at a youth camp in Alabama when she was approached by a young girl who shared with her that ‘her mother’s boyfriend was ‘doing things to her”.  At the time, Burke was quiet, though she too had been assaulted as a child.  She wished that she had said ‘me too’. That lack of response motivated Burke to...


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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  ...


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Blog: News Update – April 19, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC’s first Executive Director, Rev. Margaret Rush Hankins passed away on April 12, 2018. In 2017, Rev. Hankins received the Faith and Freedom Award for a life dedicated to reproductive rights and for successfully leading the effort in 2017 to maintain a relationship between CORCRC and the Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference. Margaret, entered ministry in 1978 in the Rocky Mountain Conference. She faithfully served the churches of Lyons, Denver Emmanuel and Englewood Hope and served Conference level positions of District Superintendent for the Mile High Pikes Peak District and as the Rocky Mountain Conference Council on Ministries Program Coordinator. Rev. Hankins will be missed by her family and the many dear friends and colleagues she made throughout her life. Legislation Update HB18-1001, the CO FAMLI Act – Update ...


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Blog: News Update – April 12, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC is committed to reaching out to communities beyond the Denver metropolitan area. Action steps to that end include our participation in the Reproductive Rights Road Show and bringing on a new member to our CORCRC team. Please welcome Tatiana Lopez, the new Grand Junction Community Organizer/Liaison. Hello! I am so excited to be apart of CORCRC and help bring the organization to the Colorado Western Slope, a place that could definitely use the resources that CORCRC provides! I’m a student at Colorado Mesa University, majoring in Communications while also doing a minor in Political Science. I’ve been working in the non-profit sector since high school. I publish a monthly newsletter for Shimmer Sparkle Shine, a non-profit that, works with young girls and pre-teens to educate them on...


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Blog: News Update – April 5, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Spring holidays often reflect the joy of rebirth and transformation. Here is a personal story of transformation: a woman’s feelings of rejection and stigmatization were converted by her faith and sense of compassion. My Abortion Brought Me Closer to God REWIRE, Mar 30, 2018, Kristine A. Kippins My boyfriend and I became pregnant during a summer in between semesters at college. When I had my medication abortion a few weeks later, I felt instant relief. I knew it was the right decision for me, for my boyfriend, and for our families. Exercising my constitutional right to end my pregnancy helped me become the successful lawyer I am today. I was brought up in a fiercely pro-choice, feminist household, where abortion was never taboo. Yet, I still internalized many...


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Blog: News Update – March 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Thanks to dynamic community participation, the Reproductive Rights Road Show stop in Colorado Springs resulted in discussions confirming the importance of comprehensive sex education in the public schools and the need for access to the full range of reproductive health care services. This community is experiencing significant changes as the citizenry becomes more engaged in political action and challenges the status quo! Colorado Springs has our attention.  Legislation Update On March 27th, the House Judiciary Committee defeated HB18-1206, on a 7-4 vote. This deeply offensive bill would have used religious exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in nearly every facet of their lives. Points of Interest The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), released a report confirming that abortion is safe and effective. Here...


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