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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Joelle Takahashi

Joelle Takahashi is a medical student at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to California to receive a BA in psychology from Pepperdine University. Joelle has dedicated her time as a medical student advocating for women’s rights in medicine. She is currently the director of the Medical Students for Choice student interest group and coordinates monthly campus events to increase awareness and student engagement. Her current research focuses on Catholic hospital restrictions and limitations on women’s healthcare.


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Michelle Sheehy

Michelle Sheehy joined the CORCRC Board in 2014. She is a Colorado native and upon completing her degree in Philosophy she took off for Los Angeles where she received her MA in Bioethics. She has a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health. Michelle is Co-Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, coordinating and organizing events. She’s a strong advocate for birth-control and access to sexual and reproductive health services. She currently is working at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as a Clinical Research Assistant. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.


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Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa

Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa is a Unitarian Universalist minister; he served the First Universalist Church in Denver from 1982-2001; in 1984 with Dorotha Howe, he started the Freedom Fund, which provides financial assistance to women choosing to have an abortion.  Stephan has served on the CORCRC Board for many years.  He has a BS in Education, a Masters, and a Doctor of Ministry degree.  He has served five congregations in different parts of the country and worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  After forty years in the professional ministry he has retired and lives in Denver with his wife Patty Prevost.


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Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson

Valerie L. Jackson is the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Aurora, Colorado. She also serves the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) via the Commission on The Status and Role of Women, The Ethical Education Task Force, and The District Superintendent’s Committee. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Iliff School of Theology with research in Homiletics, Womanist Theology, and Black Church Studies. The project title is A Critical Analysis of Preaching in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated: The Socio-Cultural and Existential Reality of Women. In addition, she has a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Moreover,...


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Marcia Helfant

Marcia Helfant currently serves as CO. State Policy Advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots social justice organization that emphasizes quality of life issues for women, children and families. Growing up in New York City, and living in Philadelphia for many years, Marcia received a B.A. degree from Queens College, the City University of New York, with a major in history; and an M.A. degree in Political Science from Hunter College, the City University of New York. After teaching history in New York City Public High Schools for 9 years, Marcia left to raise a family. Having moved to Philadelphia during those years, and developing an interest in political advocacy, she attended Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Science and Social Research, earning an MSW degree, with an emphasis...


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Gina Harvey, M.M., M.Div.

Gina Harvey, M.M, M.Div, is a Member in Discernment in the United Church of Christ tradition. She is a recent graduate of Iliff School of Theology where she received her Masters of Divinity with a certificate in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Gina is currently finishing a chaplain residency program in Metro Denver and serving the congregation at Mayflower Congregational Church as music director and ministry assistant. Before answering her call to ministry, Gina had a career in music performance and education. Gina lives in Westminster, CO with her 16-year old daughter Sofie and her partner, Dee.


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Savita Ginde, M.D.

Dr. Savita Ginde is proud to serve as the Medical Director for Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) an integrated health care delivery system consisting of over 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing primary care, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, health education, and outreach services to the medically indigent population of suburban Denver.  Savita completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania followed by medical school in the British West Indies. She then went on to complete residency training in Family Medicine at Dartmouth followed by specialty training by completing the Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Rochester in upstate New York. After Fellowship, Savita moved to Colorado and has ever since played a key role in providing healthcare services to the men, women, and children across Colorado. She has been...


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Rabbi Birdie Becker

Rabbi Birdie Becker has been a Jewish educator and performer for over 40 years. Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Pueblo, she works with numerous congregations throughout Colorado and is president of the Rocky Mountain Cantors Association. Innovator of teaching techniques, she is the author of Conversations at the Well: Where Modern Life and Ancient Stories Meet. As a medical social worker, she is experienced in hospice and psychiatric social work. Becker also served as Ohio State Consultant for Volunteer Services. Certified in Genetics and Infertility, she spent over eleven years in reproductive health, and served as director of an outpatient medical-surgical clinic. Storahteller, choreographer, and cellist for the violin-cello duo “Apples and Honey”, she is a composer and performer of folk and liturgical music. Birdie is committed to the Jewish community and was honored...


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Joyce Lisbin, ED.D

Dr. Lisbin has been in the field of health education and communications for over 35 years.  She continues to combine the fundamentals of public health philosophy with her non-profit administrative experience. As the Coordinator of Health Communications at the STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health, she created a statewide database of locally developed educational and promotional materials, conducted a wide variety of trainings, produced health promotion campaigns for the Branch, and provided social marketing technical assistance to local health jurisdictions. Dr. Lisbin has been an Executive Director of a Planned Parenthood affiliate, taught at several universities and has worked in Kenya and Sri Lanka focusing on sexual health and violence prevention. She is the co-founder of Pando Health Resources, the producer of the educational app called SmartSex™. Her interests include...


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