Blog: News Update – March 19, 2019

Blog: News Update - March 19, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Expressing unity and solidarity, the interfaith community attended Friday prayers at the Colorado Muslim Society mosque in Arapahoe County in response to the violent tragedy at a mosque in New Zealand. Those who associate religion/faith with the capacity for people to be compassionate and supportive had their convictions restored this past week. This welcomed response reinforces the ideal version of the United States as a noble experiment – a ‘melting pot’ of people of different cultures, races and religions. At least that is the myth many of us were taught and cling to. Thank you to those who attended and supported the Colorado Muslim community.

This expression of community support is particularly important in the face of a simmering momentum of active hate groups in this country and state. According to a recent Intelligence Report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (Spring 2019//Issue 166) there are 22 such groups in Colorado. Knowing that this negative energy is right in our midst necessitates our hyper vigilance.

One of the areas in which we must protect American values and defend the constitution is by defeating the goals of Project Blitz. Project Blitz sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is the title of the strategic plan of a coalition of Religious Right groups and calls for “a three-tiered framework of state bills meant to incrementally redefine religious freedom and tear down the separation of church and state, with each tier laying the groundwork for the next”. The goal is to Christianize U.S. Law. The initial stages of this project are seen in many states: bills requiring “In God We Trust” be posted in public schools are being presented throughout the country.

This plan includes passing bills that would allow religious conservatives to discriminate against LGBTQ people, teach Bible literacy in public schools and permit tax-payer foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against those who follow the ‘wrong’ religion or no religion. Over 40 national organizations including the national Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) have signed a statement vowing resistance to this fundamentalism. We must “urge legislators across the country to oppose Project Blitz and similar legislative efforts. America – and religious freedom – are stronger when the government gives no religion or set of beliefs more power or preference than any other and when everyone is welcome and treated equally under the law.
Colorado Protects the Integrity of Title X
Colorado had joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit against the proposed restrictions imposed on Title X – a federal grant program that provides reproductive health care services, including cancer screenings and contraception. The proposed restrictions, referred to as the ‘gag rule,’ would prohibit referrals for abortion services. These regulations prevent a patient from getting vital information for their comprehensive reproductive health care and cripple the integrity of medical providers from doing their job.

This is a good time to express appreciation to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser for being pro-active in defending family planning. Contact the Attorney General at:

 

Office of the Attorney General

Colorado Department of Law,
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building 1300 Broadway
10th floor Denver, Colorado 80203
OR
call 720-508-6000.

 

Legislation Update

The Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Coalition (CORCRC a proud member) is pro-actively working to preserve and strengthen the reproductive rights and access of Coloradoans by developing The CARE Act (Colorado Access to Reproductive (Health) Equity Act).  The CARE ACT will—

  • Reaffirm the right to privacy in medical decisions in Colorado State Law.
  • Ensure coverage of contraceptives at no co-pay in state law, protecting this coverage from changes in Federal law.
  • Expand access to the full range of reproductive health care services in the private insurance market.
  • Ensure immigrants are able to get the reproductive health care coverage they need to plan for and have healthy pregnancies.
 Write to your State Representatives and Senators in support of the
CARE ACT.

Join CORCRC in supporting the following bills:

HB19-1032 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education/The Youth Wellness Act. Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  This bill allocates $1million in state funds annually to an existing grant program administered by CDPHE.  Schools that wish to provide sex ed can apply for funding, and priority will be given to rural schools and schools that don’t have the resources to teach sex ed. LAST ACTION: 02/28/2019 | Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations SPONSORS: Rep. S. Lontine | Rep. Y. Caraveo | Sen. N. Todd | Sen. D. Coram

HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy Concerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments, Sen. D. Moreno is a sponsor. Passed by House. Last Action: 2/4/19, assigned to Senate Health & Human Services Committee.Last Action:  03/14/2019 | Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments  Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy

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: 03/13/2019 | Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations. Sponsors: Rep.D.Roberts | Rep.M.Catlin    Sen.K.Donovan  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1004

HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal Proceedings   Concerning 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: 02/28/2019 | House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations. 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: 02/13/2019 | House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations  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: 02/20/2019 | Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations. Sponsors: Sen. J. Danielson | Sen. B. Pettersen | Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez

HB19-1224 Free Menstrual Hygiene Products In Custody Concerning providing free menstrual hygiene products to people in custody.  The bill requires local jails, multijurisdictional jails, and municipal jails to provide menstrual hygiene products to people in custody at no expense to the people in custody.  In House Judiciary Committee LAST ACTION: 03/14/2019 | House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole. SPONSORS: Rep. L. Herod | Sen. F. Winter

SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. Concerning the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program.  This bill would guarantee all Colorado workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves and their family. LAST ACTION: 03/13/2019 | Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance. SPONSORS: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. A. Williams | Rep. M. Gray | Rep. M. Duran

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 U.S. is expected to water down the language of documents of the UN on international agreements on women’s rights. The US wants to replace “gender” in the  Commission on the Status of Women’s outcome document with references only to women and girls and wants references to migration and climate change completely removed from the CSW document.

US Accused of Trying to Dilute Global Agreements on Women’s Rights – Guardian

Upcoming Events

April

April 2nd  Accessing Abortion Support and Services” A panel discussion and networking event connecting medical providers and community members to learn more about:
– How and where to access abortion services
– Meet providers and allies in the community
– Funding and resources available
– Current events and improvements needed in this sector
Location: the UC Health Leprino Building 12401 E 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045, 5:30-8:00 pm
call 303-394-1973 x112

 

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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