Blog: News Update – March 5, 2019

Blog: News Update - March 5, 2019
Reproductive Health Lobby Day is March 7th.  This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with other reproductive rights advocates, get a legislative update and speak with your state representatives about reproductive health, rights and justice!  Recommendation: wear teal. The deadline to register is today: Click image below to register.


Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The CORCRC All Options Counseling team of clergy met this past week to share their experience of providing nonjudgmental and confidential counseling to people of all faiths or of no specific religion regarding their concerns about a pregnancy decision. The clergy discussed the importance of empowering the caller to make the decision that reflects their personal situation and beliefs. Callers contact us before or after a decision is made. Each caller is connected with a compassionate clergy person that best suits his or her faith perspective.  The clergy team is made up of representatives from a variety of faiths.

This free service has been a benchmark of this affiliate before Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision was passed. Previously known as RCAR, local ministers and rabbis were part of an underground network called the Clergy Consultation Service (CCS), formed in 1967. In 1989 Patricia Tyson, director of RCAR, signed on to the “We Remember” statement organized by Donna Brazile, then executive director of the National Political Congress of Black Women. The statement expressed Black women’s deep opposition to public policies controlling their reproductive lives, policies rooted in the oppression of black women since the days of slavery. In 1990, RCAR co-sponsored a meeting of more than 30 Native American women representing more than 11 nations from the northern plains. The Agenda for Native Women’s Reproductive Rights was forged at that meeting.

In this time of questionable use of the concept of religious freedom, it is imperative to note that this service ensures that All Option faith based compassionate counseling is free and available.  Roe does not mention or rely on religion but trusts women to make the decision regarding pregnancy based on an assessment of her health and moral autonomy.  CORCRC counselors provide counseling that is consistent with a faith-based perspective.  Video samples of the philosophies that motivate our clergy is available on our website.

All Options Counseling is yet another way that CORCRC brings the moral power of religious communities to ensure reproductive choice through individual counseling, education and advocacy.

Grand Junction Community Hospital takeover by Centura Health
The Grand Junction Community Hospital administration has not responded to any community requests for clarification or updates about the impact of the takeover by Centura and thus losing its status as a secular institution. Though they are not responding, you are encouraged to continue to ask for basic information on what health care policies will be impacted by the new administration before a contract is signed with Centura Health. Concerns are focused in three areas: reproductive health, end of life, and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community. Your voice is vital to determining solutions.

Contact the CEO Chris Thomas (cthomas@gjhosp.org), the Board of Trustees at Community Hospital 2351 G Road Grand Junction, Co 81505 Or call 970-242-0920.

 

Legislation Update

We are pleased to report that HB19-1032: Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education/ Youth Wellness Act has passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee! It’ll be heard on the Senate floor soon – stay tuned for updates.

Thank you for your continued support of this legislation.

 

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 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: 3/4/2019 –  House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments. 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. Passed by the House. Last Action: 2/4/19, Introduced in Senate – assigned to Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy, Sen. D. Moreno.

HB19-1064 Victim Notification Criminal ProceedingConcerning eliminating requirements that victims must opt in to effect their rights in criminal proceedings. Proactively adds victims into the notification of criminal proceedings system unless the victim opts out. 02/19/2019. Assigned to Judiciary Committee for Witness 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 CommitteeConcerning the creation of a maternal mortality review committee in the department of public health and environment. Last Action: 02/13/2019 | Passed by Public Health Care & Human Services Committee – Refer amended to Appropriations.  Sponsors: Rep. J. Buckner | Rep. L. Landgraf | Sen. R. Fields | Sen. B. Gardner

SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work ActConcerning 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

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 United Methodist Church in Crisis  Last week the Methodist Church conference resulted in a ban on same-sex marriage and recognizing LGBT clergy. The “united” is now being threatened by many pockets of liberal congregations who are committed to inclusiveness. This decision has great consequences for Colorado Methodists due to the fact that the Mountain Sky Area of the Methodist Church appointed Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, as Bishop in April 2017. Another consequence of this policy is its impact on the Iliff School of Theology, an official seminary for the Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Iliff School of Theology, has chosen to stand with gay students and clergy.  His bold position is clarified in a recent interview on CPR’s Colorado Matters.

Denver Evangelical Lutheran Pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book, “Shameless,” was just released.  She calls for a new Christian sexual ethic. “One that’s based not on a standardized list of ‘thou shalt nots’, but on concern for each other’s flourishing.” “Shameless” is rooted not only in Bolz-Weber’s own experiences, but also in interviews with parishioners from her Denver congregation, the House For All Sinners And Saints.  In it’s own way, this book confirms the importance of comprehensive sex education in our schools and faith-based institutions.

 

 

Upcoming Events

March

March 6th: Look for CORCRC at Women Powering Change: A One Day Exposition Featuring Mission-Driven Organizations By, For, or About Women.

March 7th: Reproductive Health Lobby Day. Sign up today. Spend the day with other reproductive rights advocates, get a legislative update and speak with your state representatives about reproductive health, rights, and justice! Click this link to sign up.

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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