Blog: News Update – January 22, 2019

Blog: News Update - January 22, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Though this Supreme Court decision continues to be one of the most divisive issues in the United States, the support for abortion rights grows.  A recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 71 percent of American voters believe that Roe should not be overturned.

The fact that this decision has increasing popular support is rarely noted because emphasizing conflict attracts an audience more than agreement.  The support for women’s autonomy was clearly demonstrated by the signs held high at Womxn’s Marches throughout the country.

In this time of questionable use of the concept of religious freedom, it is imperative to note that Roe does not mention or rely on religion but enshrines trust in women to make reproductive decisions based on an assessment of her own health and moral autonomy.

The bulk of arguments against abortion lean on certain religious beliefs that claim a life is taken.  It is imperative that this single-minded argument equally consider the woman’s life and the society we all live in.  The decision to parent is a moral one and complicated by very pragmatic considerations. Contrary to popular belief, our society is not socially or economically supportive of pregnant women, children, or those not blessed with excellent health. The responsibility of having and raising a child is, therefore, an individual’s responsibility to determine as a blessing or a burden. CORCRC represents religious voices across the spectrum that focus on non-judgmental compassion and realize that this decision is the right of each woman.

Thanks to contraception, the possibility of separating sex from procreation is firmly established in today’s society. For thousands of years, women around the world and from all cultures have known that getting pregnant does not have to result in having a baby. The act of terminating a pregnancy is ancient. Today, thanks to modern medicine, it can also be a safe procedure. These facts and medical advances clearly challenge beliefs that a woman must be subservient and that biology is destiny. This Supreme Court Decision confirms women’s right to bodily autonomy and the right to privacy.

It is the mission of CORCRC to make sure that this right is not eroded by regulations that increase barriers to abortion access or that this law is undermined or overturned.  CORCRC is grateful for your continued support and we urge you to give of your ‘time, talent or treasure’ so that we can embolden the voice of those who know that  PEOPLE OF FAITH TRUST WOMEN. 

 

Legislation Update

Tragically the government shutdown still persists—–

The Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition and its members expect to introduce 5 bills this session. CORCRC is supportive of all of them.

The first one is out – House Bill 19-1032: Concerning Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education. Sponsors are Rep. Susan Lontine and Sen. Nancy Todd and Don Coram. 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 to instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, to transgender individuals. The bill also amends certain provisions of the current grant program to include an oversight committee, require grant application to determine need for state funding and gives priority to rural school districts. The bill appropriates at least $1 million annually for grant program.

The bill will be heard on January 30 in the House Health and Insurance Committee at 1:30 pm in House Committee Room 0107.

Also to be heard in that committee hearing is HB19-1103, Protect Human Life at Conception.
Sponsors are Reps. Humphrey & Saine.
CORCRC opposes this bill that criminalizes abortion and makes it a Class 1 Felony, making providers subject to death penalty. Also states that life begins at at conception, thereby granting personhood to the pre-born.  Personhood was rejected 3 times by Colorado voters and countless times in the legislature.

This will be a very active legislative year. Below are bills that actively impact the CORCRC mission.

Points of Interest:

U. S. Representative Diana DeGette Plans to Investigate Trump Policy. DeGette was appointed chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel, which has subpoena power.

Pew Research Center: Religious Landscape Study – Curious about the religious landscape of the United States?  Here is a wealth of data on breakdown of believers. Compare Colorado to other states of interest.

 

Upcoming Events

January

January 26: Enjoy a free cup of coffee and meet with health consumers and the management of the Grand Junction Community Hospital.

 

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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