End of Year 2016 Recap
Dear Friends and Supporters of Reproductive Choices, Health, Rights and Justice,
The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) does something that no one else can do. We speak out using religious authority to correct the misconception that there is only one moral response to a pregnancy. We bring a unique and needed voice to the work of reproductive health and rights. We are able to authentically and accurately counter the claims of the religious right. 2016 has been a year of significant growth for CORCRC.
- In January our “Clergy Day of Learning”, was led by the national RCRC to train clergy and theological students in counseling and responding to women dealing with unwanted pregnancies. No one else offers pregnant women this non-judgmental, faith-based and supportive counseling.
- Our film series expanded to two film showings: “If These Walls Could Talk” and “Cider House Rules”. Both films challenged those who would limit women’s rights and encouraged our pro-choice allies.
- Our Faith and Freedom event was especially poignant as we honored a legislative leader and committed abortion providers who have been impacted by the attacks on Planned Parenthood.
- We have joined a new coalition of pro-choice organizations in Colorado with the goal of introducing positive reproductive justice legislation; this in addition to working against the many anti-choice bills that are introduced annually. We bring an important faith voice to the coalition and to the Legislature.
- We hosted an outstanding forum on “The Separation of Church and State”, which is available for listening on the website http://www.corcrc.org.
- We are focused on several technical initiatives to improve our outreach. We premiered an electronic newsletter available on the website. Work is commencing on data-based strategies to improve our communication with constituents and legislators to strengthen our public and social media presence.
- We are growing our leadership and infrastructure to become a more effective organization in the faith community and in the community as a whole.
You can be a part of helping women in their struggle for religious freedom and reproductive justice. Please give us an end of year gift so we can expand our mission to advocate for, educate and support women in their choices. Please do so using the enclosed response envelope or online at http://www.corcrc.org. Also please help us be good stewards of our communication dollars by using the enclosed card to give us your email address. We will keep it confidential and not share it.
Senator Betty Boyd
CORCRC Board President
P.S. Please donate today. Thank you for your caring support and generous giving.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Regardless of your political stance, Colorado’s Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice recognizes that this has been a difficult election for all of us. As supporters of reproductive choices, health, rights and justice – we know that more difficult times lie ahead.
Democracy requires a dialogue between citizens and elected officials. The in-coming administration is proclaiming that they will “protect innocent human life from conception,” bringing “personhood” into the White House. CORCRC represent the many people of faith who believe in women’s agency over their own bodies and reproductive lives. The intent of a democratic process is to create an environment that allows for compromise, the development of inclusive and diverse communities, and acceptance of respectful disagreement. Dialogue, is an interactive process that requires listening as well as speaking.
The CORCRC is committed to providing pathways to unity by expanding difficult conversations in safe and accepting environments while bringing a progressive voice to that conversation. By continuing to provide forums, educational tools and opportunities for dialogue, CORCRC is committed to increasing understanding and compassion between people with different viewpoints.
We are working on our infrastructure over the next months, to be ready for the 2017 Colorado legislative session. We are working with partner organizations, allies in this critical work.
Please join us! Please listen to our recent forum on the Separation of Church and State. Attend our educational events. Help us grow our educational tool box. Join a committee. Help move your voice forward.
A FORUM: WHY THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IS IMPORTANT FOR MAINTAINING REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
|CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.
— THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Welcome Joyce Lisbin Executive Director CORCRC
Betty Boyd, President of CORCRC Board of Trustees
Introduction of Panelists Savita Ginde, M.D. CORCRC Board of Trustees Education Chairperson, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Religious diversity is respectfully expressed in the First Amendment.
Eliza Buyers, MD, FACOG
Barriers to the medical practice of reproductive justice- personal stories.
Dr. Jim Ryan
“Reproductive Justice: Faith Community As Advocate Not Dictator.”
Political Activities of Tax-Exempt Religious Organizations.
Questions and Time for Discussion
On October 19th, 2016 the CORCRC proudly hosted a discussion on the impact of the separation of church and state on reproductive justice. The evening was recorded so that this exchange could be shared with those not fortunate enough to attend. The information shared by the expert panel generated valuable discussion and important questions.
Before you listen to the recording you may want to familiarize yourself with the program and information about the panelists. The recording is located below for your listening pleasure.
The Board and staff of CORCRC is saddened by the
ongoing fatal encounters between the police and the
black communities across our country. We endorse the
efforts being made in communities toward outreach and
understanding between law enforcement and the
communities which they serve. Our faith traditions call us
to stand in solidarity with civil rights organizations that
are working toward building a more just and accepting
society in which every human being is seen, heard and
accepted as a contributing member of society and not
judged by their race, religion, sexual orientation or
political views . We believe that social justice will prevail
only when all people can live with dignity, in safety,
abiding by human rights law.
Colorado Clergy and People of Faith Commitment to Reproductive Justice
As clergy, faith leaders and people from a wide spectrum of faiths in Colorado, we stand together for reproductive justice and religious freedom. This stand is critical now as we have seen recent violence at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, and we have seen how unethical anti-reproductive justice proponents used area Planned Parenthood staff to create a nationally released false tape which told lies about this critical service.
We affirm the sanctity of life and support laws and policies that provide access to legal, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including contraception and access to safe and legal abortions. A woman must have control over her own body and her healthcare decisions. Because there are many religious, ethical and compassionate positions on reproductive issues, no single perspective, restrictive or not, should govern the rights of all.
We know that women have the capacity for their own ethical agency, and we support women as they seek guidance and counsel from pastors, clergy, their families and doctors to make personal and private decisions. We support religious and medical professionals as they advocate for women to be their own primary decision makers. We stand by the work of women’s health centers, including Planned Parenthood, for providing quality and affordable medical care and comprehensive sex education so vital to the well-being of our communities.
We support the needs and rights of women to live their full lives. This commitment requires that women receive equal pay for equal work and access to educational and professional opportunities. We continue to strive for access to affordable health care, safe and affordable housing, nutritional food, clean water and air, reliable childcare and excellent public education.
We support evidence-based policies that provide comprehensive sex education; research concludes that comprehensive sex education reduces sexual violence and improves the sexual health of Colorado’s youth. We join the efforts of many to erase all forms of violence, especially the normalized violence against women and children.
We support policies and leadership that do not discriminate against women or men on the basis of their gender identity or the very personal decisions about who they love, how they form their families and how they express their genders.
We value genuine religious liberty, which upholds the right of each person to make faith-based or conscience-based health care and reproductive decisions. We honor and defend the American principle of separation of church and state.
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