Blog: News Update – April 30, 2019

Blog: News Update - April 30, 2019

MAY 7 – 2019 Faith & Freedom Reception 

Tickets still available!

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 and Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project.

Heavy hor d’oeurves served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.

 

 

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Is there room for optimism?

Advocates for reproductive rights, health care and those concerned about the general status of women can pause and wonder if there is room for optimism without letting down our guard? Thanks to U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Spokane, Wash., the proposed Title X (gag) rules will not go into effect on May 3. Judge Bastian issued a nationwide temporary injunction against the rules.

The fact that Title X was signed into law by President Nixon about 50 years ago serves as a reminder of how times have changed the core sentiments of the Republican party. It is a struggle to associate the Republican Party with anything/anyone other than President Trump and Vice President Pence. The strategic changes came about in the 70’s with the Republicans aggressive courting of social conservatives, especially those opposed to abortion. Their timing, not by chance, coincided with Supreme Court decisions banning school prayer and legalizing abortion and by Jimmy Carter’s decision to withdraw tax-exempt status from segregated church schools. This early phase (1970’s) of the ‘culture wars’ and the ‘new right’ was nurtured by the growing influence of the televangelical movement’s clever exploitation of media. Catholic Bishops worked closely with this contingent though the majority of Catholics did not share these sentiments.

The evolution of the Republican Party seems to defy any association with Lincoln. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who is successfully moving the federal judiciary to the far right has fortified the Party transformation from Reagan to Trump. In an April 10th report for the Daily Beast, journalist Eleanor Clift lays out the effective strategy used by McConnell to change the make-up of the courts.  His early success is documented by blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland. He has persistently manipulated rules that have mitigated the Senate’s pro-active role in carefully choosing judges.

So now, the courts will decide the ultimate fate of Title X rules. The Supreme Court may again take up the Title X family planning regulations and decide if the Trump Administration regulations violate the federal statutes or the Constitution or are within their agency rights.

It seems inevitable that optimism must be tentative and imperative that we keep our guard up!

 

Legislation Update

Join CORCRC in supporting the following bills:
There is still time to make a difference!
Calls and e-mails to Senate Leadership are needed to make sure the Sex Ed Bill is passed. Urge President Leroy Garcia and Majority Leader Steve Fenberg to pass HB-1032 – the Youth Wellness Act – so that Coloradoans can understand their bodies and make better health decisions.
Senate President Leroy Garcia – 303-866-4878, leroy.garcia.senate@state.co.us
Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg – 303-866-4872, Stephen.fenberg.senate@state.co.us
Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  This bill allocates $1 million 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. Kennedy

HB19-1004 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: 04/22/2019 | House Considered Senate Amendments – Result was to Concur – Repass
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 | Rep. M. Baisley | Sen. M. Foote | Sen. J. Cooke

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: 04/25/2019 |Senate Third Reading Passed – 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: 04/27/2019 | House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments. 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: 04/25/2019 | In House Judiciary Committee.  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: 04/29/2019 | House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole.  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 nora@corcrc.org or Joyce Lisbin at joyce@corcrc.org

Points of Interest:

Compassion As Part of Medical Care: Not surprising but important is the result of new research confirming that compassionate care makes a difference and benefits both the patient and provider.  Dr. Trzeciak acknowledges that spending at least 40 seconds expressing compassion to patients is efficient and effective. “I connected more, not less; cared more, not less; leaned in rather than pulled back. And that was when the fog of burnout began to lift.”  This research will hopefully impact patient/provider relationships and modify the way that medical schools train their students.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is in Trouble:  The facts are that the NRA leadership is squabbling, Oliver North has resigned, and the organization is in massive debt.  Perhaps these problems exist because the organization is often on the wrong side of an issue.  An example: the NRA was staunchly opposed to the US House of Representatives reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because of some updated provisions that restrict gun ownership for boyfriends as well as spouses that have been convicted of abusing, assaulting or stalking.  The Violence Against Women Act has been in effect for 25 years. The vote in favor of the House measure was 263–158. All Democrats but one voted yes. Most Republicans voted no, but 33 voted in favor of the bill.

Upcoming Events

May

May 7th: 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal and Daisy Patton

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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