Blog: News Update – December 13, 2018
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
The language of Roe v. Wade makes clear that states cannot ban abortion before viability – when a fetus can survive outside the womb. Most doctors agree that viability occurs at around 24 weeks. No fetus is viable at just 15 weeks. Yet, Mississippi passed a law banning abortion at 15 weeks. This state’s effort to restrict abortion access is a prime example of the challenges reproductive rights advocates and women can expect to face in the near future. Similar bills were passed in Iowa and in Ohio. Fortunately, US District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down the 15-week Mississippi ban relying on this argument: “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade,” he wrote. He also said that the state’s “professed interest in ‘women’s health’ is pure gaslighting.”
It is suggested that these anti-abortion efforts will persist and strengthen as the Trump administration appoints significant numbers of federal district court and appeals court judges who are identified as anti-abortion. These appointments only fortify the recent anti-abortion appointments at the Supreme Court level. The apparent goal of these bills is that one will be challenged and wind up at the Supreme Court and lead to the demise of Roe v Wade.
These judicial changes are a growing threat to Roe v Wade. One can’t avoid the facts that point to the state legislatures as the place to preserve reproductive rights. Be prepared to see and support strident efforts throughout the next Colorado legislative sessions to assure abortion rights and access.
Points of Interest:
Congratulations to Dr. Savita Ginde on the release of her new book, The Real Cost of Fake News The Hidden Truth Behind the Planned Parenthood Video Scandal. Dr. Ginde engaged an audience during her Ted Talk at Cherry Creek on November 30th and on the very next day facilitated a striking conversation with over 30 patrons at the Book Bar on Tennyson. Dr. Ginde’s experience affirms the need for discussion and disagreement with civility and that violence in never an acceptable option.
Bipartisan action is a reality: The First Step Act – overdue reform of the criminal-justice system will be voted on this year! Mitch McConnell is finally on board.
Controversial Scientific First: A Chinese scientist used human embryos modified with the gene-editing technique CRISPR to create twin girls who will be immune to HIV infection. The scientific community has strongly objected to this premature action and has expressed great anxiety about the unknown and unintended consequences of this action.
ORDER NOW – Get ready to let all legislators know that We Can’t and We Won’t go back to the pre-Roe v. Wade era.
Art Cards designed by Daisy Patton that show four portraits of women who died having abortions before Roe v. Wade are now available at CORCRC events and can be ordered by mail. These cards declare that We Can’t Go Back and are to be sent to any person – especially elected officials- who questions the need to preserve reproductive rights. For ordering information go to: https://corcrc.org
January 12: Public Forum on proposed purchase of the Grand Junction Community Hospital. Details TBA.
March 6th: Repro Health Lobby Day. Details TBA
May 7th: Save the Date: Faith and Freedom – The CORCRC Annual ceremony will take place at Temple Emanuel. Details TBA.
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