Blog: News Update – May 31, 2018

Blog: News Update - May 31, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

CORCRC and Catholics for Choice co-hosted Religious Freedom, Religious Refusals: Patients’ Rights in Catholic Healthcare Facilities on Wednesday evening in Colorado Springs.  Kathryn Joseph, J.D. State Policy Associate, Domestic Program, Dr. Joyce Lisbin, CORCRC Executive Director, and Dr. Maryam Guiahi, CORCRC Board Member, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine spoke about patient rights and the need for transparency in Catholic Administered hospitals.  The discussion focused on the limited reproductive health services that result from abiding by the Ethical Religious Directives (ERDs) written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  These restrictions directly impact access to reproductive services, end-of-life care, and how LGBTQI patients and their families are treated.

The ERDs mandate that doctors provide medical care that abides by the ethics of the Catholic religion.  We discussed Catholic-administered hospitals’ obligation to clearly inform their policy to patients and be transparent about the services that they will. Patient education and the right to make informed decisions about one’s health care are at stake. There is no expectation that the Catholic hospitals will change their policy, but they need to let people know what their policy is so that consumers know what to expect before they are already patients.

Kathryn Joseph, Joyce Lisbin, & Maryam Guiahi, M.D.

Legislation Update

Proposed changes to Title X are an attack on free speech and the rights of patients to have information about reproductive health and abortion services. This gag rule would violate the conscience of providers who are obliged to provide all relevant information and the best medical care possible to their patients.

Is it a Gag Rule After All? A Closer Look at Changes to Title X funding regarding abortion – Washington Post

Voting Matters

Colorado voter registration deadlines are based on the registration method.

You can register:

  • At a voter registration drive: Until 22 days before the election.
  • Online or by mail: At least 8 days prior to the election.

Voter Registration in Colorado | DMV.ORG

Points of Interest

Ireland has changed.  Here are different explanations from two Catholic leaders.

Irish Archbishops Say Abortion vote shows church’s waning influence – The Guardian

Upcoming Events


May 31st
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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