Annual Report July 2017 to June 2018

Annual Report July, 2017 to June, 2018 Introduction This has been a long year.  The 24-hour news cycle continues to be exhausting and exacerbating.  CORCRC has vigorously supported its mission and objectives and persistently resisted ongoing threats to many traditional American values we hold dear.  As you read the annual report, please note recurring fundamental themes of our projects and activities: to retain and strengthen reproductive health, rights and justice and to fortify the separation of church and state. Click here to read the full report


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Rev. Aline Silva

Rev. Aline Silva Graduate of the University of Kansas and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev. Aline Silva, currently serves as Clergy Outreach for the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is the youngest female pastor to lead a church in the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. She describes herself as an American Baptist pastor, preacher, coach, and organizer. She laughs out loud, dances, and follows Jesus as she advocates and works for justice.


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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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Betty Field

Betty Field was born and raised in North Dakota, but raised her family in Rapid City, SD.  While living in South Dakota Betty worked in the Human Services field as a Youth and Family Crisis Intervention Specialist for several years before becoming the Executive Director of the Black Hills Center for Equality. She has called Colorado Springs home since 2011.  Since moving to Colorado Betty has served as a volunteer Community Action Team Leader for Planned Parenthood of the Rockies, ran for Federal office and has continued her advocacy for reproductive choice by taking part in many educational, volunteer and activism opportunities.


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Rev. Nina Churchman

I worked as a Civil (Environmental) engineer at EPA’s regional office in Denver for 14 years in the hazardous waste and Superfund sections. I was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Colorado in 1995 and served in parishes in the metro area for 20 years. I also worked as a chaplain at University Hospital in Aurora. I previously served on the CORCRC board for about 10 years.


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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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Gail deVore

Gail deVore has lived in Colorado for more than three decades, serving on many local and national Boards of Directors. She is passionate about reproductive health rights and access to healthcare. She is a founding board member of the Nightscout Foundation, an organization focused on creating solutions for diabetics to better manage their condition. She is also on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Section, serving as VP of Public Relations. NCJW is coalition member of CoRCRC. Ms. deVore is regularly at the Capitol to testify in committee and to meet with various elected officials supporting the ACA, reproductive rights, prescription pricing, and other issues affecting women, children, and families. Ms. deVore’s career began as a student organizer in Kansas, then brought those skills to Colorado where she...


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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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