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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Tatiana Lopez

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 the importance of self-worth and feeling comfortable in their own skin. I am also the vice president of the newly formed AAUW (American Association of University Women) CMU branch, which I like to think is the next step above Shimmer Sparkle Shine, working to help empower women in their careers and...


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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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Blog: News Update – March 22, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC and the Interfaith Alliance joined forces to advocate on Women and Families on Wednesday.  This advocacy effort is coordinated by 9 to 5.  The color teal and our dedicated defense of  women’s reproductive rights identified and bound us.  Discussions with legislators focused on urging legislators to defeat HB 18-1206(see Legislative Updates).  Senator Betty Boyd and Executive Director Joyce Lisbin spoke with Representative Terri Carver in the Lobby who is supportive of HB18 1206.  There is still time to contact her (Terri.Carverhouse@state.co.us) to let her know that this bill is offensive to many people of faith. CORCRC and theInterfaith Alliance delivered letters to the Senate urging all elected officials to reject inappropriate behavior  and discuss credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.  The legislators that we spoke...


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Blog: News Update – March 15, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The status of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s) is being challenged in the Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra. California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act assures the public that anyone who claims they provide medical advice and/or medical care is held to a high standard of honesty and professionalism; and makes sure women receive accurate information about their full range of options and programs related to pregnancy and family planning. In the era of fake news, this case challenges false advertising and the provision of false and inaccurate medical information. Learn more about this important case.    Legislation Update Board Chair Betty Boyd testified in House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 18-1256 to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Division and Commission for 9 years. ...


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