Blog: News Update – March 29, 2018

Blog: News Update - March 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

Thanks to dynamic community participation, the Reproductive Rights Road Show stop in Colorado Springs resulted in discussions confirming the importance of comprehensive sex education in the public schools and the need for access to the full range of reproductive health care services. This community is experiencing significant changes as the citizenry becomes more engaged in political action and challenges the status quo! Colorado Springs has our attention.

 Legislation Update

On March 27th, the House Judiciary Committee defeated HB18-1206, on a 7-4 vote. This deeply offensive bill would have used religious exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in nearly every facet of their lives.

Joyce Lisbin, Executive Director Testifies opposing HB18-1206.

Points of Interest

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), released a report confirming that abortion is safe and effective. Here is a newly launched website,, providing a copy of the report and highlights of its findings.  This fact sheet is a fine summary of the report.

Maryam Guiahi MD MSc, member of the CORCRC Board of Trustees, continues to clarify the impact of limited reproductive health services available at Catholic administered hospitals.  Here is the abstract of her latest publication followed by a link to the complete article.  This is a must read.

Catholic health care facilities account for approximately one sixth of the U.S. health care market, have recently demonstrated successful growth, and serve as the only local hospital in certain remote locations. The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services is a set of guidelines created and revised by church leaders that applies the church’s teaching, particularly as it relates to concern for human dignity, to modern-day medical practice; all Catholic health care facilities and providers within these facilities are required to abide. Strict interpretation of these directives limits family planning and most infertility services. Many women, however, do not anticipate differences to reproductive health care based on Catholic affiliation, and recent patient reports and legal enactments have highlighted the tension that arises when women are unable to receive medically indicated family planning services. In this article, I demonstrate that reproductive health care services are not consistently prohibited and that clinics often do not inform patients when scheduling appointments when restrictions exist. I highlight ethical concerns about patient autonomy as it relates to modern-day practice and recommend solutions including greater transparency and efforts to improve uniformity of practice at Catholic health care facilities.

Catholic Health Care and Women’s Health (PDF Download Available). Available from:’s_Health [accessed Mar 28 2018].


Upcoming Events

CORCRC wishes each of you the joy and peace of the spring holidays.

JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. We’ll talk about what’s going on at the Capitol and how you can help. We also want to hear from you! Tell us what’s happening in your schools and community and how we can help make your community and the state of Colorado a leader in Reproductive Rights.

Thanks to the people of Grand Junction and Fort Collins who came to the meetings to enrich the conversation. Please be sure to join us when the Reproductive Road Show comes to your community.



April 7th _ Reproductive Road Show – Durango
Durango Public Library
1900 E 3rd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
1:30 to 3:30pm

April 28 – Reproductive Road Show – Alamosa
Alamosa Rec Center
2222 Old Sanford Rd, Alamosa
1:30 to 3:30pm


May 2: Reproductive Road Show – Longmont
Longmont Public Library
409 4th Ave, Longmont,
Wednesday May 2, 2018
6:30 to 8:30pm

May 3: Faith and Freedom

You are invited to the 2018 Alex Lukens
Faith and Freedom Award Reception
This year’s unprecedented political challenges have been met with vigorous public engagement and an energized public. It is a perfect time to honor two long-time inspirational activists who have been defending reproductive rights for decades.

Karen Middleton, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

The second distinguished recipient will be revealed at the event.
Please join us in honoring these heroes.

Reception Followed by Presentation

Thursday, May 3rd,
6:30-8:30 pm
Temple Emanuel
51 Grape St. Denver, Colorado 80220

Refreshments served

Musical performance by:
“Paradox Duet” Dr. Brian Ross, violin, Dr. Karlotta Davis, flute

Recommended level of donations:

$250 or over = Sponsor (your name in the program, four entries)
$150 = Patron (your name in the program, two entries)
$75 = Supporter (two entries)
$25 = Friend/Student (one entry)

I will attend____. There will be a total of _____ guests.
Guest names are:_________________________________________________.

I ___ cannot attend and here is my donation in honor of the award recipients and the work done by the CORCRC. $______

Please confirm your:
Name __________________________________
Address _________________________________

and e-mail _____________________________

For your convenience go to Eventbrite:

Send your check with reservation/donation information to;
CORCRC P.O. Box 102464
Denver, Co 80250-2464

Thank you!


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