Blog: News Update – April 23, 2019

Blog: News Update - April 23, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Take an Opportunity to Debunk Major Abortion Myths with Information  If you are fortunate enough to have a conversation with a person who really wants to talk with you about abortion and reproductive rights, here is some major information to dispel the myths surrounding what has been made into a huge controversy.  The attached article replaces misinformation about the emotional and physical effects of abortion.  It details the lack of pragmatic support provided by those who are adamantly anti-abortion to the destructive restrictions that they are working to impose.  “Anti-choicers don’t want to stop abortion. They want to punish women, potentially with death, for seeking abortions. If you doubt this, consider that several states are considering legislation that would impose the death penalty on women who seek abortions.”

Separation of Families: Foundational stories of what the United States stands for are being challenged by distortions of the news, history and our reflections in the mirror.  For generations, school children have been taught to honor symbols of our greatness such as the flag and the Statue of Liberty. Recently Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior policy adviser, got into a tense exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta about immigration and the poem associated with the Statue of Liberty.

Miller was accurate about the poem’s direct connection to the Statue of Liberty coming two decades after the statue was erected. At that later date, a plaque that contained the poem was affixed to the inner wall of the statue’s pedestal.  But Miller does not reflect the sentiment that most Americans hold in their hearts: that this country benefits from the influx of immigrants.  Gallup released a poll on February 4, 2019, which found that, since the election of President Trump, the percentage of Americans who want to see immigration levels increased has grown from 21 percent in 2016 to 30 percenta record high in Gallup polling. 

Perhaps that attitude reflects the fact that most of us are the descendents of  immigrants.  YES, on the details of immigration reform, Americans are divided by party affiliation, yetwhen confronted with the reality of the effects of the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents, Americans are uniformly upset.  In the beginning of 2019, the administration announced that thousands more children may have been separated from their families than the figure of 2,737 that had previously reported. And the policy had actually been implemented a year before publicly announced.  With the recent appointment of Kevin McAleenan as the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there are assertions that large-scale family separation will be reinstituted.  While the president has denied this, he also defended family separation by saying that “once you don’t have it,” migrants will be coming to the country “like it’s a picnic.”

Strong support for allowing undocumented immigrants a chance to stay and eventually become citizens under certain conditions continues. Even stronger support exists for providing a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the U.S. without authorization by their parents when they were children.  While these policies are being negotiated, there are ways that we can practice compassion and show our commitment to humane treatment for who struggle to enter our country.  Let our legislators know of your concerns and support organizations working at the border.

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The New Colossus also known as the Statue of Liberty Poem
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips
. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

Legislation Update

Join CORCRC in supporting the following bills:
We need to put pressure on our elected officials to see HB1032 through to the Governor’s desk with funding intact. Join us in an act of solicarity on Sex Ed Day of Visibility. Colorado youth can’t wait another year!
Sex Ed Day of Visibility – WED, April 24 – 8-10am @ CO Capitol
Click Here to Register
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: 04/19/2019 | House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Laid Over Daily. 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: 04/16/2019 |Introduced in Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs. 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: 04/17/2019 | House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations. 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: 04/18/2019 | Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/22/19 – No Amendments. SPONSORS: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. A. Williams | Rep. M. Gray | Rep. M. Duran

 

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With comments or questions, or if you would like to get involved with CORCRC, please contact Nora Bashir, CORCRC Exec Director at nora@corcrc.org or Joyce Lisbin at joyce@corcrc.org

Points of Interest:

Follow-up on the Grand Junction Community Hospital vote to stay independent and secular! This article provides insight into the status of the Grand Junction Community Hospital and the challenges it faces to maintain its fiscal and administrative independence.

Silent No Longer: Former Pope Benedict XVI, now 91 years old, released an incendiary essay blaming the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s, which he said triggered an erosion of rules and morality in the church.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: 9 reasons why the Republicans are really not friends to women, families or children.

Upcoming Events

May

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.

Tickets available now at FaithFreedom.eventbrite.com


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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