Blog: News Update – January 15, 2019

Blog: News Update - January 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Women belong in the House and the Senate. And as of January 2019, there are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (not counting four female territorial delegates), making women 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives.  There are also many firsts: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s youngest congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim congresswomen, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American congresswomen. Representative Diana DeGette continues to represent Colorado since Jan 7, 1997. There are now 25 women in the U.S. Senate.

Since 1894, Colorado has elected women to the legislature, a full 26 years prior to women getting the vote nationally.  The tradition of women representatives in the Colorado State Legislature continues. Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats who won the trifecta (governorship, Senate and House) and every statewide office. These changes open the door for significant progress in policies on health care, the environment, and education.  And as importantly, there is a sense that diversity in the legislature will improve the civility and cooperation between all members and result in greater productivity.

On the national level:
Only the most dedicated news junkies can keep up with the daily stories about the administration: NY Times exposure that the FBI is investigating if President Trump was working with the Russians, Manafort is accused of providing polling data to the Russians, and the U.S. government is still shutdown over the WALL!  The impact of the government shutdown grows daily and is estimated to cost Colorado $201 million monthly. Both sides are at a standstill with no solution in sight. Access to food stamps is in jeopardy; the FDA has suspended routine inspections of food-processing plants, produce, milk and egg cartons and inspections of drug-manufacturing facilities. This shutdown is more than an insult to Americans: it jeopardizes our health and security.  We must pressure our political leaders to end the shutdown and negotiate the status of the wall and border security separately.  Most of all we cannot let President Trump declare a state of emergency

 

Legislation Update

Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education, HB19-1032. The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.

Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option, HB19-1004.  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.

The Denver City Council unanimously banned conversion therapy for minors in the city.  Hancocks’s office proposed the prohibition.

Points of Interest:

When Storytelling and Truth Collide– “Dr. Ginde challenges us to think about the danger of putting institutions over individuals, rhetoric over reason, and lies over lives.” Listen to CORCRC Vice President, Dr. Savita Ginde’s TED Talk.

“Reframing Abortion to Breathe Life into a Culture of Death” – You may have seen this article on our Facebook page, but this thought-provoking work is worth repeating and reading.

 

Upcoming Events

January

January 19: Womxn’s March – CORCRC supporters will meet on the patio of the First Baptist church (1373 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203) at the corner of Grant St & 14th Ave. at 9:30am

January 26: Consumers Deserve Transparency in Healthcare – public forum on proposed purchase of the Grand Junction Community Hospital.

What does new management of the Grand Junction Community Hospital mean for patients?

Will there be changes to:
family planning services?
end of life care?
pregnancy and delivery?

Join ACLU, CORCRC AND NARAL for an open discussion at:
Copeka Coffee
Saturday, January 26, 2019
1012 N. 5th St
Grand Junction, 81501
2:00-4:00pm

See Facebook Invitation

HEALTH CONSUMERS DESERVE TRANSPARENCY

March

March 7th: Repro Health Lobby Day. Details TBA.

May

May 7th: Save the Date: Faith and Freedom – The CORCRC Annual ceremony will take place at Temple Emanuel. Details TBA.

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