Blog: News Update – May 24, 2018

Blog: News Update - May 24, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The GAG Rule is Coming Home!
We protested the negative impact of the Global Gag Rule that was signed by President Trump 48 hours after the Women’s March.  First signed by Reagan in 1984, this bill (also known as the Mexico City Policy) has been enforced by Republican presidents since then.  It states “non U.S. nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. family planning funding cannot inform the public or educate their government on the need to make safe abortion available, provide legal abortion services, or provide advice on where to get an abortion.”

The Rule blocks a doctor’s speech and obligation to share medical information so that a patient can make an informed medical decision.  The impact of this regulation has been disastrous for women’s health and has not reduced abortion.

Global Gag Rule – Change Center for Health and Gender Equity

Photo: Lauryn Gutierrez

When the legislation was being debated in 1969, George H.W. Bush said, “We need to make population and family planning household words. We need to take sensationalism out of this topic so that it can no longer be used by militants who have no real knowledge of the voluntary nature of the program but, rather are using it as a political stepping stone. If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.”

Primer on Title X: the Fund Behind the Planned Parenthood Rider – Politico

Now the Trump administration is promising to create the same unhealthy, unethical and unfair ruling home by imposing Title Xregulation that would strangle family planning services here in this country.  The proposed regulations would defund Planned Parenthood and countless other centers.  The majority of women and men served by these medical centers are young and low income.  AND rural women will also be deprived of their healthcare because Planned Parenthood is often the only family planning provider in rural areas.
Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds – What Does That Mean? – Washington Post

Remember that unfortunately NO FEDERAL FUNDS ARE USED FOR ABORTION and this proposed regulation is anti-women and anti-comprehensive medical care.

The new rules would: mandate that family planning and abortion facilities would be physically separated; abortion counseling may be provided but referrals would be forbidden.  Providers are stifled from employing best practices and doing their work and patients are not given information that they need to make informed health decisions.

The Office of Management and Budget is expected to post these rules in the near future and the public gets a chance to comment and comment we will!

Legislation Update

On Tuesday May 22, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1256 reauthorizing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission until 2027
Colorado voter registration deadlines are based on the registration method. You can register at a Voter Registration Drive until 22 daysbefore the election.  You can register online or by mail at least 8 daysprior to the election.
Voter Registration in Colorado – DMV.Org


Points of Interest

A feel good recommendation: see the documentary RBG at your local theatre.  Reviewing the life and accomplishments of ‘The Notorious RBG’ can fill you with gratitude and hope.  Try it, you’ll love it!

Upcoming Events


May 30 and 31st
Religious Freedom, Religious Refusals:
Patients’ Rights in Catholic Healthcare Facilities
Wednesday, May 30th, at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cottonwood Center for the Arts,
427 E Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Catholic hospitals have a long history of providing essential care in our communities, particularly serving low-income and rural individuals.  Healthcare providers and patients come from all faith traditions and belief systems to these facilities, seeking treatment or to provide care. But many don’t know that Catholic hospitals abide by a set of directives, written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, that don’t mirror best medical practices. These restrictions directly impact access to reproductive services, end-of-life care, and how LGBTQI patients and their families are treated.

Please join Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Catholics for Choice for a multimedia myth-busting workshop on religiously affiliated hospitals, Catholic teaching, and advocating for the rights of patients to access the healthcare that is right for them.   Please sign up on this Eventbrite link:

Religious Freedom, Religious Refusals:
Patients’ Rights in Catholic Healthcare Facilities
Thursday, May 31st at 6:30-8:00
At the Irish Snug 1201 E Colfax Ave #100, Denver, CO 80218

Town Hall meeting.  All invited.  The First Amendment promises both the freedom of and freedom from religion. But as faith plays an increasingly prominent role in American politics, preserving the boundary between religion and government is more vital (and challenging) than ever.

Join us for a town hall exploring the use and misuse of religious liberty in contemporary public life, featuring a discussion of the issues at stake in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and state-level efforts to use religious freedom as a license to discriminate, especially against LGBTQI members of our community.

Laura ‘Pinky’ Reinsch, One Colorado
Lizzy Hinkley, ACLU Colorado
Katy Joseph, Catholics for Choice

Light refreshments provided.


June 29th
A memorial service celebrating the life of Rev. Margaret Rush Hankins, CORCRC’s first Executive Director, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29 at Hope United Methodist Church, 5101 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.


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