Blog: News Update – February 26, 2019

Blog: News Update - February 26, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

On Friday the Trump administration released new regulations that make the “Gag Rule” domestic policy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) threatens to no longer fund Title X programs that perform or refer patients for abortion services. This means that doctors cannot do their jobs and that patients will not receive appropriate referrals let alone services that they need.

Ever since women have been fighting to control their health, family planning and ‘voluntary motherhood’, we have had to defeat laws and regulations based on morality not medicine. President Nixon signed Title X into law in 1970 saying “No American woman should be denied access to family planning because of her economic condition.”  That was only a few years after the Supreme Court declared that unmarried people had a right to use contraception. (The War on Choice, Gloria Feldt). As we know, progress is not consistent and attitudes toward women are clear indicators of social justice.

“This nation has a cruel tradition of exploiting black and brown bodies, especially women’s bodies, and this rule fits snugly within that tradition,” says National Health Law Program’s Director of Reproductive Health Susan Berke Fogel. “President Trump and his Department of Health and Human Services are forcing low-income individuals and families to bear the burden of his war on reproductive health. Funding that was intended to help low-income people access quality reproductive health care has instead been weaponized against comprehensive health care. Abortion is safe, common medical care. We know there are significant negative health and well-being consequences when patients are not trusted to make their own decisions.”

Trump Administration’s New Rule Intended to Reduce Access to Reproductive Health for Low-Income Individuals and Families 

It is important to remember the past and understand the effectiveness of persistent resistance. These monies must not be diverted to Pregnancy Crisis Centers. This new obstacle is being challenged by many including Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) who sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), before the release of the domestic gag rule’s final text, expressed concern that it would be finalized before HHS “conducted a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the rule’s potential economic and health impacts.”

Trump Administration Releases Final Text of Domestic ‘Gag Rule’ Restriction on Title X
Will ‘the bottom line’ move the decision makers to reconsider this policy? Let’s thank the legislators who are challenging this ruling and write to Mulvaney with messages that combine financial facts with the fact that all women have lives and have the right to comprehensive health care.

Write to: OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, at 725 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20503 or contact the office using this link:https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Grand Junction Community Hospital:
There is still an opportunity to speak up and prevent the Grand Junction Community Hospital from losing its status as a secular institution. There is a need to know what health care policies will be impacted by the new administration before a contract is signed with Centura Health. Concerns are focused in three areas: reproductive health, end of life, and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community.  Your voice is vital to determining solutions.

Contact the CEO Chris Thomas (cthomas@gjhosp.org), the Board of Trustees at Community Hospital 2351 G Road Grand Junction, CO 81505 or call 970-242-0920.  Voice your concerns about transparency and ask what actions are needed to insure comprehensive health care.

 

Join CORCRC and Support the Youth Wellness Act  HB 19-1032: Concerning Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
House Sponsorship: Lontine
Senate Sponsorship: Todd and Coram

This bill modernizes and updates existing law. It enables more young people to access the skills and information they need keep themselves and their peers safe and healthy.
Colorado doesn’t have a sex ed requirement, but for schools that decide to offer sex ed, law already requires that sex ed cover a comprehensive range of topics. This bill incorporates conversations about consent and healthy relationships into that range of topics, and clarifies that sex ed must not endorse a particular religious ideology, must not shame or stigmatize students, and must be inclusive of LGBTQ youth.
This is NOT a mandate to include sex education in schools – it simply clarifies content requirements and provides resources for schools that wish to provide sex education. Parents are notified before their child receives sex ed, and are free to opt them out.  This bill doesn’t change that.

To add your name to a letter of support:
email Lizzy (ehinkley@aclu-co.org) by Friday, March 1. To show your support for this bill, come to the Capitol at 1:30pm on Thursday, 2/28/19 to room 271 (double-check roster) . 

 

Legislation Update

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: 01/23/2019 – Passed by Health & Insurance Committee to Appropriations. Sponsors: Rep. D. Roberts | Rep. M. Catlin | Sen. K. Donovan
HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze EfficacyConcerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments. Passed by the House. Last Action: 2/4/19, assigned to Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy, Sen. D. Moreno.
HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal ProceedingConcerning 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: 2/12/2019 | Assigned to Judiciary Committee for Witness Testimony. Committee Discussion onlly. Sponsors: Rep. T. Sullivan
HB19-1122 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review CommitteeConcerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment. Last Action: 02/13/2019 | Passed by Public Health Care & Human Services Committee – Assigned to Appropriations.  Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner
SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work ActConcerning the creation of the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities.  Last Action: 02/20/2019 | Senate Committee on Judiciary refer Amended to Appropriations, Introduced in Senate – Assigned to Judiciary. Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

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:

The Academy Awards honors Period. End of Sentence– a short documentary.  This documentary will make you re-think about any embarrassment that you might have felt buying sanitary napkins in a store.  The film addresses the stigma and mystery still surrounding the monthly act of menstruation.  And because there has not been the convenience of the pad, 23 percent of Indian girls drop out school when they hit puberty due to their periods.  This film shows how one machine that makes pads is affecting 40 villages.  This film also conveys the value of sex education and understanding our bodies.

There’s an Oscar-Winning Netflix Doc You Need to See – Period. End of Sentence.

‘Superbug gene’ found in one of the most remote places on Earth
Think Globally not Locally about Suberbugs.  In 2008, a gene linked to multidrug resistance was identified in India. About 700,000 people annually die from superbug infections. And this year this year, scientists found the superbug in the Artic most probably due to fecal matter of migrating birds or human visitors. Dr. David Graham warns that the discovery confirms that “solutions to antibiotic resistance must be viewed in global rather than just locally.”

 

Upcoming Events

March

March 6th: Look for CORCRC at Women Powering Change: A One Day Exposition Featuring Mission-Driven Organizations By, For, or About Women.

March 7th: Reproductive Health Lobby Day. Sign up today. Spend the day with other reproductive rights advocates, get a legislative update and speak with your state representatives about reproductive health, rights, and justice!  Click this link to sign up.

May

May 1st Save the Date: CORCRC will be hosting Women and Family Day.  This is a fine opportunity to share your opinion about legislation directly with representatives.

May 7th: Save the Date: Faith and Freedom – The CORCRC annual award ceremony will take place at Temple Emanuel.  This year’s honoree is Senator Joann Ginal.  She is the newest state Senator representing Ft Collins and surrounding area. She has been a strong supporter of reproductive justice and a devoted friend to CORCRC.

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