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.”
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
House Sponsorship: Lontine
Senate Sponsorship: Todd and Coram
To add your name to a letter of support:
email Lizzy (email@example.com) 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) .
With comments or questions, or if you would like to get involved with CORCRC, please contact Nora Bashir, CORCRC Exec Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce Lisbin at email@example.com
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.
‘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.”
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 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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