Blog: News Update – February 15, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Colorado capitol to make sure that the long standing Colorado Civil Rights Division and Commission continue. The Division will sunset this year and must be extended into the future. The first step in the sunset process was the subject of a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Many people were there to testify to the value in keeping the Commission. Earlier the Joint Budget Committee, on a tie vote, delayed funding the Commission. This should not be a partisan issue: defending civil rights is a basic right, This is the first chapter in the continuing story. Rally to Save the CCRD on Capitol steps on 2.13.2018 Join CORCRC, Colorado and the entire nation as we continue to join...


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Blog: News Update – February 8, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Once again our state legislation is facing a myriad of bills that challenge the fabric of our character. As Coloradoans and Americans, our identity is wrapped up in a sense of compassion and a commitment to freedom. Let’s make sure that these characteristics are reflected in our laws. Legislation Update Selected Bills to Support HB18 – 1004 Continue Child Care Tax Credit Sponsors: Reps. Coleman & Wilson/Sens. Tate & Kefalas This bill will extend Tax Credit to 2025 and benefit families HB18 – 1064 Training Program Prevention Child Sexual Abuse Training program for early childhood provider and others who interact with children. This is a needed pro-active approach to a serious problem. Selected Bills to Oppose 3 anti-choice House Bills are introduced and scheduled to be heard in...


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Blog: News Update – February 1, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The 20 – week abortion ban defeated in the Senate. Voters will determine who was on the ‘correct side’ of this argument. Coloradan’s need to look closely at and remember Sen. Cory Gardner’s voting record. CORCRC encourages you to join Progress Now in a campaign to pressure Democratic lawmakers to take a pro-abortion stance. Here is a link to the letter, a news article and the petition. More background: Lip Service Won’t Suffice: On Democrats and Abortion Progressive leaders say Democratic Party should shun abortion opponents Sign the Online Petition   Legislation Update HB 18-1001 FAMLI – Creates family and medical leave insurance program for paid family leave in Colorado. House sponsors are Reps. Winter and Gray, Senate sponsor is Sen. Donovan. The bill will be heard on...


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Blog: News Update – January 25, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Positive energy was in the air on January 20th. Millions of women around the world marched in unity. It is clear that the women’s agenda has made its way to the front page and that’s where it will stay. CORCRC was proud to be part of the joyful crowd in Denver. Legislation Update At this time, we are aware of several bills that could challenge the reproductive rights of women in Colorado. Be prepared to participate in actions to defeat these bills as they are presented. CORCRC will alert you as these bills are put on committee calendars. Keep your eye on: HB 18-1004 – Continue Child Care Income Tax Credit for a Qualifying Contribution to Promote Child Care in the state. The bill extends the tax credit...


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Blog: News Update – January 18, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The legislative session has barely begun and behind the scenes action is keeping CORCRC on its toes.  We know that this session will be intense and exciting.  Because we want you to be aware and prepared to be engaged, we will be sending you a weekly blog with updates and alerts during the legislative session.  It is hoped that the information will keep you informed and motivated. Legislation Update As you read this blog, many bills that effect reproductive rights, health and justice are being drafted.  We can expect to support bills impacting contraception and women’s health.  At this time, no opposition bills have been presented. FAMLI Medical Leave Insurance Program HB18-101 (House sponsors Winter and Gray/ and Senator Donovan) On Feb 6th the House Business Affairs and...


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VICTORY

CORCRC won the live consultants contest and the free year of I.T. service.  Congratulations and thanks to all of our wonderful supporters who voted for us.


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Essential Health

Victory: the American Care Act (Obamacare) is in place. Attempts to repeal Obamacare, cut and cap Medicaid were defeated because of thundering public outcry and the opposition of red and blue-state governors.  The failed Republican plan would have ended health insurance for 3 million people and threatened the lives and well–being of people who need healthcare the most – children, rural communities, the disabled and those with pre-existing conditions.  Those suffering from AIDS, opioid addiction and the ZIKA virus would have suffered even greater cuts in funding for services.  Women’s healthcare would suffer disproportionately.  Not considered “essential health”, funding cuts were intended to devastate Planned Parenthood, family planning and maternity services.   Every major faith encourages, if not mandates. care for others.  Why is this fundamental commitment to providing health care challenged...


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All Options Counseling Service

For many years, Colorado RCRC has offered all-options counseling for women and girls in the midst of a decision regarding their reproductive lives, or in the aftermath of an abortion procedure. Usually, if the caller has a preference, we try to match her up with someone from her faith tradition or one very similar, including the Jewish tradition and the Buddhist faith.  The counseling is provided free of charge by clergy from many denominations and faiths who are trained by RCRC in even-handed, caller-focused counseling on these topics, and who are aware of resources within the community for adoption and other specific needs.  Most of the counseling is now provided by telephone, and we have quite rapid response times (usually within 24 hours of a request.)  All of our counseling is anonymous...


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A Threat to Women’s Health, Equality, and Religious Liberty

As a 79-year-old woman, I grew up in the 1950s before women had access to safe, legal and affordable birth control. I remember well how women were often terrified of a pregnancy that would force them to stop working when they could not afford to do so or wanted to further their education or their career. Sometimes a pregnancy meant more children than they could care for or afford. I remember the extreme and often illegal measures a woman would take to end an unintended pregnancy, even if it threatened her health or life. Thankfully times have changed. Women are now better able to direct their lives and control the timing of when, how many, or if they will have children. The Affordable Care Act recognizes that affordable contraceptive coverage is essential...


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Charlottesville

On Sunday, August 13th CORCRC representatives marched peacefully with others in solidarity with those who were outraged and pained by the violence and hate expressed in Charlottesville.  CORCRC stands in solidarity with those against violence, hatred and white supremacy. Two photos: Dr. Timothy E. Tyler, pastor for Historical Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church and protester


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