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 Hern’s commitment to his life’s work as an abortion provider was framed in a rare mixture of humor and historical references.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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Blog: News Update – March 8, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, LOBBY DAY: If you were there, you know it was a big success. Scores of advocates reached out to legislators to make our presence felt and our voices heard. We spoke to legislators about three bills: urging our elected representatives to vote against HB18-1206- the so-called Live and Let Live Act, to vote in favor of reauthorization of the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) and to vote in favor of HB18-1001: Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI). While we were sharing our stories and explaining our positions, the FAMLI Act was passed out of the finance committee and continues its journey through the process. CHEERS to all who did the work to keep this Act thriving so that paid leave will become a reality for Coloradans. More good...


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Blog: News Update – March 1, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, SUCCESS!! Thanks to a strident coordinated effort by all of the members of the CO Reproductive Rights Health and Justice Coalition two anti-choice bills (HB18#1082 & HB18#1225) were defeated last week and another two (HB18-1120  Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortions and HB18 1121 – No Funding Trafficking Aborted Human Body Parts) just yesterday.  Read the stirring testimony by Pastor Greg Garland by clicking on this link. CORCRC is proud and pleased to be a part of this effective coalition.  Below are a few photos from the fiery and passionate press conference that preceded last weeks committee hearings. The defeated bills were an insult to all women and the dedicated family planning medical professionals. None of the proposals did anything to promote women’s health or well being.  Though our success is...


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Blog: News Update – February 22, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, There are two very important anti-choice bills that are being voted on this Thursday, 2.22. Pro-choice advocates are needed to show up in numbers to defeat HB18-1082. This bill contains the anti-choice wish list all rolled into one. Please join us at a Press Conference to defeat HB18-1082 beginning promptly at 12:30 to 1:15 pm, Thursday, Colorado State Capitol, North Foyer. The Committee hearing will begin at 1:30pm in Room 271 – second floor just off the elevator. Legislation Update HB18-1082 Women’s Right to Accurate Healthcare Information (Right Act) This bill must be defeated. It is really the WRONG ACT and contains a long list of intrusions and barriers to a woman’s choice for an abortion. Burdensome requirements include: unnecessary ultrasounds, a mandatory waiting period, false claims about...


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