Blog: News Update – April 16, 2019

Blog: News Update - April 16, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The Me Too Movement: Challenges to the Double Standard
The ubiquitous “war between the sexes” continues to be subtle, bold, and powerful. The unwritten doctrine that perpetuates this war is the ‘double standard’. The double standard is society’s guide that prescribes the way men and women should behave, think, and act. This guide, just like the famous travel guides by Rick Steves and other travel gurus, deviates within each community, from family to family, and is broadly interpreted again by each individual. The fundamental message of these guides is consistent: the rules for men and women are different and all too often women are less equal than men. The rules designed to sustain this fundamental proposition place limits on each sex, promote stereotypical thinking and contribute to inadequate communication.

However, the traditional sex roles continue to be challenged and eroded since the second wave of the women’s movement, greater acceptance of LGBTQ community members, and emerging sex positive attitudes in the United States. The Me Too Movement has demanded that gender inequities be examined in the workplace, the courts, our language and in all interpersonal behaviors.

Me Too Founder Tarana Burke (above)

10 years ago, Tarana Burke founded the “Me Too” movement, particularly for women of color. The movement has successfully mobilized those who’ve been victimized by sexual violence here and around the world. The Me Too Movement has also been a catalyst for the serious assessment of religious doctrines that have been crafted under the assumptions of patriarchy.

Efforts toward social change mandate consideration of who is benefiting from maintaining the status quo and who is being harmed. Institutional change is generally a slow process because it represents a transition of power. Public acknowledgement and disdain of violent acts between individuals or groups will quicken institutional change. Behavior changes when the instigator of violence or harassment is held accountable through legal consequences or ostracism. An institution can enforce laws prohibiting sexual harassment and assault, and society’s behavioral guidelines/standards must also reinforce changes in individual behavior and to create cultural change. It is important for anyone who is made to feel uncomfortable to have the courage to speak out in a timely fashion so that the behavior can be ‘nipped in the bud’ and the offender cannot claim to be unaware of the impact of his/her actions. This challenge is best addressed assertively and immediately by each of us in our daily communications and individual behaviors.


United States House of Representatives Tip O’Neill


The city of Denver, Colorado, is holding general elections for mayor, city auditor, city clerk and recorder, and all 13 city council seats on May 7, 2019.


Legislation Update

Join CORCRC in supporting the following bills:
Contact House Reps and Senators today and urge them to prioritize funding for this important bill.
Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  This bill allocates $1million in state funds annually to an existing grant program administered by CDPHE.  Schools that wish to provide sex ed can apply for funding, and priority will be given to rural schools and schools that don’t have the resources to teach sex ed. LAST ACTION: 02/28/2019 | Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations SPONSORS: Rep. S. Lontine | Rep. Y. Caraveo | Sen. N. Todd | Sen. D. Coram
HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy Concerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments, Sen. D. Moreno is a sponsor. Passed by House. LAST ACTION: 03/28/19 – Governor Signed. Sponsors: Rep. C. KennedyHB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option, The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.  LAST ACTION: 04/12/2019 | Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole. Sponsors: Rep.D.Roberts | Rep.M.Catlin  Sen.K.Donovan

HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal Proceedings   Concerning eliminating requirements that victims must opt in to affect their rights in criminal proceedings.  Proactively adds victims into the notification of criminal proceedings system unless the victim opts out.  Last Action: 02/28/2019 | House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations. Sponsors: Rep. T. Sullivan

HB19-1122 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee  Concerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment.  LAST ACTION: 04/15/2019 | House Third Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments.  Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner

SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act  Concerning the creation of the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities. LAST ACTION: 04/4/2019 | Introduced in House-Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor. Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

HB19-1224 Free Menstrual Hygiene Products In Custody Concerning providing free menstrual hygiene products to people in custody.  The bill requires local jails, multijurisdictional jails, and municipal jails to provide menstrual hygiene products to people in custody at no expense to the people in custody.  In House Judiciary Committee. LAST ACTION: 04/8/2019 | House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass.  SPONSORS: Rep. L. Herod | Sen. F. Winter

SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. Concerning the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program.  This bill would guarantee all Colorado workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves and their family. LAST ACTION: 04/9/2019 | Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations. SPONSORS: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. A. Williams | Rep. M. Gray | Rep. M. Duran


Your support nourishes and serves as a catalyst to grow our mission. With a financial contribution, you will ensure our continued commitment to Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CORCRC) bringing interfaith and multiracial voices to reproductive health and rights issues.
With comments or questions, or if you would like to get involved with CORCRC, please contact Nora Bashir, CORCRC Exec Director at or Joyce Lisbin at

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Recommendation: Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and benefit from a special exhibit honoring the genius of DaVinci.

“He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.”
― Leonardo da Vinci


Upcoming Events


May 7th: Please Join the CORCRC and Friends for the 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal for her contributions to CORCRC and Women’s Reproductive Rights.

Also with grateful acknowledgement to Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.

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May 22:
Save the Date: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber will discuss her new book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation. Details to be announced.


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