Statement on Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

Statement on Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) extends prayers to families and loved ones of the victims of yesterdays massacre in South Carolina.  The CORCRC mourns the loss of innocent victims of hate and senseless violence. The following prayer is offered by The Rev. Jann Halloran Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church and CORCRC Board President Creative and Loving Spirit, Be with us in this time of anger, bewilderment and grief. May each dear heart lost be long held in our memory: Rev. Clementa Pinckney Tywanza Sanders Cynthia Hurd Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor Susie Jackson Ethel Lance Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. Myra Thompson May they each be remembered as sojourners of courage and peace, and may their courage and generosity of spirit help filter out hate. May hate find no place...


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Justice in Colorado Will Not Come From Putting More Pregnant Women in Danger

Justice in Colorado Will Not Come From Putting More Pregnant Women in Danger

From RH Reality Check, read the full article here. Last month, Michelle Wilkins was the victim of a horrific crime; she was beaten and stabbed, and the baby she was expecting to give birth to was cut from her belly. Miraculously, Wilkins, who had been 34 weeks pregnant, survived the physical assault. This was an unfathomable act of cruelty. However, justice will not be achieved by Colorado legislators using it as grounds for passing new feticide laws that will actually make pregnant women vulnerable to arrest and punishment. Dynel Lane, the woman accused of attacking Wilkins, has been charged with numerous crimes, including the attempted murder of Wilkins and first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy under Colorado’s Crimes Against Pregnant Women Act. The Colorado legislature carefully crafted this law in 2013 to...


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Mario Cuomo asked: When should I argue to make my religious value your morality? Read his speech iconic speech given at Notre Dame

Mario Cuomo asked: When should I argue to make my religious value your morality? Read his speech iconic speech given at Notre Dame

Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective I would like to begin by drawing your attention to the title of this lecture: “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.” I was not invited to speak on “Church and State” generally. Certainly not “Mondale vs. Reagan.” The subject assigned is difficult enough. I will try not to do more than I’ve been asked. It’s not easy to stay contained. Certainly, although everybody talks about a wall of separation between church and state, I’ve seen religious leaders scale that wall with all the dexterity of olympic athletes. In fact, I’ve seen so many candidates in churches and synagogues that I think we should change election day from Tuesdays to Saturdays and Sundays. I am honored by this invitation, but the...


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82 Colorado Faith Leaders Unite to Oppose Amendment 67

82 Colorado Faith Leaders Unite to Oppose Amendment 67

Saying “it goes too far and is too extreme,” 82 Colorado faith leaders today joined together in united opposition to Amendment 67, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest and when the health of the mother is at risk. Among many of its far-reaching consequences, Amendment 67 would also restrict access to certain forms of birth control, and restrict access to in-vitro fertilization for women who want to have a family. “This amendment would impose one religious viewpoint in our state constitution, when there are many religious perspectives on this issue, said Rev. Jann Halloran, president of the board of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which provides faith-based care and services to women. “We support the rights of conscience, and a woman’s capacity...


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No on 67: Dr. Ruben Alvero's Remarks

No on 67: Dr. Ruben Alvero’s Remarks

Speech below in both english and spanish. English: Vote NO 67 Speech/Medical/Dr. Ruben Alvaro My name is Dr. Ruben Alvaro. As an OB/GYN, I opposed this dangerous proposal when it was put before Colorado voters in 2008 and 2010. I oppose it again this year. Amendment 67 is bad medicine for women and for Colorado. In 2008, the proponents of this dangerous proposal attempted to define “personhood” as being from “the moment of fertilization.” In 2010 they were back with a new version, to define so-called “personhood” as being “from the moment of biological development.” This year they are saying they want to protect “pregnant mothers and their unborn children…” Of course we want to protect pregnant women, from violence, from drunken drivers and from all harm. Amendment 67 is not the...


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No on 67: Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks

No on 67: Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks

No on 67: Personhood Amendment Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks Speech at July 29th Rally   Good afternoon. I’m the Rev. Jann Halloran And I serve as president Of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Colorado. For the past 17 years I have offered pastoral counseling To women with unexpected pregnancies and unexpected risks In crisis about what decision they should make. These issues of reproductive justice are played out in public But individual women and their families are the ones Who suffer in private, trying to make the most loving And ethical decisions they can for themselves and their Families based upon their own beliefs and values. At the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Which offers this emergency clergy counseling service to women of all faiths – or no faith –...


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Trying to be Pro-Life by Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre

Most of those who self-identify as “pro-life” or believe in the “sanctity of life” are neither.  To truly be pro-life is to believe that all life, created by God, has worth, dignity, and purpose; therefore, no human, under any circumstance, has the right to play God and terminate any life.  To truly be pro-life is to consistently maintain this view in all issues.  Because all life has an opportunity to reconcile with their Creator, all life must be preserved at all cost.  For those who believe in Christian dogma, to terminate life early robs the person of coming into a saving knowledge of God and the hope of relying on God’s grace for everlasting life.  As it stands now, most conservatives and liberals are prolife on certain political issues and not on...


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Ethical Issues of Abortion by F.R. Abrams MD

I have been asked to consider the ethical issues of abortion. Knowing there are many different ethical views, and that they continue to be debated despite centuries of contention, I had to choose which of them I could express in less than ten minutes. Ought I speak about what we ought to do—technically that’s called “normative” ethics? Or, should I approach the most frequent behavior of a particular group—doing what most of them think is right—that’s defined as the “moral” view. Then again, on the issue of abortion, that definition is itself a paradox, because many people who think abortion is wrong nevertheless make that choice!   So I decided to do away with labels, because so many people involved in the abortion debate intermingle legal, religious and secular starting points on...


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Why I’m Voting Against Amendment 67 and Why You Should, Too: ‘Personhood’ is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Harmful to Women by Nanette Santoro

Why I’m Voting Against Amendment 67 and Why You Should, Too: ‘Personhood’ is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Harmful to Women by Nanette Santoro

Who wouldn’t want to support the following statement: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings? This is the exact phrasing of what will appear on your ballot in November. Don’t we all want to protect pregnant women? Looks like something most people would want to support, right? This is an example of the use of deliberately deceptive language to mislead Colorado voters. It is led by a small group of extremists who view the world in black and white terms and choose to force the rest of us to resolve our moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding pregnant women’s choices with an iron-clad, one-size-fits-all...


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A Matter of Faith: Essay by Reverand Gregory Garland

A Matter of Faith Rev. Gregory Garland I. To be or not to be – human – that was Hamlet’s, and it is our, question. A. And so Hamlet goes on to reflect – What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? B. What is this quintessence of dust? C. What does it mean to be a human being; or a person? D. At what point in our development do we become a human being? E. The answer, it seems, is a matter of faith. A...


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Rev. Tamara Boynton

Rev. Tamara Boynton is a mother, a minister, and an organizational specialist. She has lived in Colorado since 1993. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ and has served as campus minister CU-Boulder, as Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation in Lakewood and Denver, as solo Pastor at Berkeley Community Church, and as Associate Conference Minister (twice) for the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC. She has worked extensively with children, youth, young adults, and adults in camping, experiential education, mentoring, and retreats throughout her life. More recently, her work with churches and non-profits has piqued her interest in the psychology of organizations as...


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Volunteer F.A.Q.

Volunteer F.A.Q.

What kind of volunteer work is available? Everything from developing outreach efforts, to data entry, helping with our newsletter or lobbying.  Depending on your skill set and preferences, we would be thrilled to have you on our team.   What kind of time commitment do you expect? CORCRC is busiest during the legislative session but we work all year round on different projects that could benefit from your help.  We are flexible way beyond a 9-5 approach and are happy to accommodate your schedule needs.   Is their official training? This would totally depend on the task you are doing.  If it were data entry there would be some training involved but if it was outreach, developing education programs or many of the additional tasks that we need help with there would...


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Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg is a 5th year joint MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on the role of the early infant gut microbiome in metabolic disease risk. She plans to become an Ob/Gyn physician. Taylor was raised in San Francisco, California and attended Oberlin College where she graduated with high honors in Neuroscience. Taylor is currently one of the steering committee leaders for Medical Students for Choice interest group which works to promote awareness of and engagement in topics related to women’s reproductive justice.


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