A Letter From Our Secretary
Dear Friends and Supporters:
It is with joy and relief that we celebrate the Supreme Court decision that strengthened a woman’s constitutional right to abortion when it struck down the restrictive Texas law. We at the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice are one of the statewide organizations whose mission encompasses reproductive justice, which expands our concerns beyond the critical right for women to have access to safe and affordable abortions, contraception and family planning. Reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social and economic well-being of women and girls. This includes working against ‘reproductive oppression’.
Therefore we write to you because we know your hearts have also probably been pained over several distressing incidents these last few weeks.
We were devastated first by the light sentence for felony sexual assault given to Brock Turner, Stanford student, in which the judge was also a Stanford alum and seemed more concerned about Turner’s future than the victim’s. We are grateful to have seen the loud outcry, but are mindful that such a consequence affirms the existence of the rape culture we live in, and sends a message to all women that their bodies are not valued or safe.
The horror of the Orlando massacre is beyond words. The level of gun violence in our culture, combined with the fact that it was the LGBTQAI community on Latinx night makes it all the more heartbreaking.
Then, the Supreme Court issued a split decision in United States v. Texas, which blocks the temporary relief of our immigrant families by halting the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). These were executive orders that President Obama passed to protect families from being torn apart by our broken immigration system.
These three disturbing events go to the heart of reproductive justice. All three of these events call for the moral voice of the liberal religious communities. We cry out for each of the individuals so deeply affected by these recent events. We are committed to the principles of reproductive justice, most especially at this time:
- The right of all people to express their sexuality in the way they desire, without fear of violence or retribution or discrimination;
- The right of all people to live their lives free from sexual violence;
- The right of all people to live their lives free from being targeted because of the color of their skin; and
- The right of women and families to raise their children in a safe and healthy environment, which includes not being torn apart.
We offer free All Options Counseling with trained clergy for any person struggling with their faith and a reproductive decision. We provide education and outreach, critical for these times. We bring the moral authority of liberal religion to the public square, advocating for reproductive justice in Colorado. We are committed to redoubling our efforts with extensive community education and outreach directly to clergy and faith communities. We count on you to celebrate our successes and commit to our ongoing challenges. Your financial support will enable us to lead the fight for the rights and dignity of women, children, men, and families.
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PO POX 102464
Denver, CO 80250-2464
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Ruth Rinehart, MA, MDiv
CORCRC Board Secretary