Blog: News Update – January 29, 2019

Blog: News Update - January 29, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

At the recent panel, “Fighting to Keep Grand Junction Community Hospital for the Community,” citizens expressed their concerns of the proposed takeover of the Grand Junction Community Hospital by Centura Health on January 26th.  Centura is a faith-based hospital management firm with two tracks: one Catholic and one Adventist. CEO Chris Thomas & Karen Martsolf, Director of Marketing/Communications, heard many questions and concerns posed by the group of consumer activists that focused on possible faith-based restrictions that would limit reproductive health services, nonjudgmental and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community and respect for end of live directives.  The administrators acknowledged that they did not have answers for most of the questions posed and that their focus has been on financial concerns. This initial and overdue dialogue is proof that the community perspective is key to understanding the health care needs of Grand Junction and vital to determining the solutions of this dilemma. Transparency is crucial and the voices of those most impacted by this change must be included. This meeting was a catalyst for community action and substantiates the need for Centura’s policies to be clearly stated before any negotiations continue. CEO Chris Thomas encouraged those present to reach out to the Board of Directors of the Grand Junction Community Hospital with their questions and concerns. That action and others will definitely be taken. The group urged the Community Hospital to host a public forum before any definitive action be taken.

This meeting was organized by CORCRC with the ACLU and NARAL. To get involved: contact

Abortion Rights Strategy Depends on the STATES

Erosion of access to abortion services has been tragically successful at the state level.  Now the survival and strength of these very rights is dependent on state legislatures. There are some success stories to share and inspire.

The New York State Legislature passed a bill that allows women to get abortions after 24 weeks if their life or health is threatened by the pregnancy, in addition to permitting women to have an abortion at any time if the fetus is not viable.  This law, signed by Gov. Cuomo, “regulates abortion under public health law, rather than criminal law, and allows licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants and licensed midwives to conduct abortions.”
Source: New York Passes Bill expanding abortion Access, The Hill

Iowa County District Judge Michael Huppert ruled Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion law unconstitutional.The law, which was temporarily blocked from taking effect last July, would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy, which is before most people would even know they were pregnant.
“I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court. However, this is bigger than just a law,” Reynolds said “This is about life. I am not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in.”

It is believed that Ohio is best positioned to send an anti-abortion bill through the Circuit Courts and to the federal Supreme Court.

Legislation Update

The government shut-down is temporarily over.

CORCRC strongly supports House Bill 19-1032, Concerning Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education. Sponsors are Rep. Susan Lontine and Senators. 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, requires grant applicants to demonstrate a need for state funding, and gives priority to rural school districts. The bill appropriates at least $1 million annually for this 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.

  • 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: 01/4/2019 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Health & Insurance  Sponsors: Rep. D. Roberts | Rep. M. Catlin | Sen. K. Donovan
  • HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy:  Concerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments.  Last Action: 01/16/2019 | House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy
  • HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal Proceedings: Concerning eliminating requirements that victims must opt in to effect their rights in criminal proceedings.  Last Action: 01/10/2019 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary  Sponsors: Rep. T. Sullivan
  • HB19-1122 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee  Concerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment.  Last Action: 01/16/2019 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services  Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner
  • SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act  Concerning the creation of the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities.  Last Action: 01/17/2019 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Judiciary  Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
  • 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 conception, thereby granting personhood to the unborn. Personhood was rejected 3 times by Colorado voters and countless times in the legislature. This bill is now scheduled for 2/13 in Health and Insurance Committee.

Points of Interest:

Former CORCRC board member, Rev. Ruth Rinehart, is currently working with an exciting startup addictions ministry in Lakewood.

To those of you ready to recover from addiction, leave homelessness and/or re-enter from the justice system, JUUST Living provides a safe community residence, integration and job skills by leveraging and utilizing your own wisdom, strengths and skills, community partners, Unitarian Universalist principles / values / partners and our own business enterprises in order to support you as you grow your own life, shape your future, re-integrate into community and become a person who again gives back, belongs, and is truly needed.

JUUST Living is a unique model of holistic living, creating community free from the ravages of addiction.  Our mission is to help turn around the lives of substance abusers, the formerly incarcerated, and others who have hit bottom by empowering people to become their own solution. This is done in community, living with Unitarian Universalist principles and sources, and informed by permaculture design principles.

From the start, we will welcome the gender spectrum, welcoming to trans- and gender-non-binary folk.  Our community is committed to full self-empowerment, self-governance, and enterprise owned by the community.

You are encouraged to go to or contact Rev. Ruth Rinehart at


Upcoming Events


March 7th: 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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