Blog: News Update – May 8, 2019
MAY 7 – 2019 Faith & Freedom Reception
A fine evening honoring Sen. Joann Ginal and Daisy Patton
Thank you all for contributing to and attending this event!
Dear Friend of CORCRC,
It is appropriate to revere Motherhood not just on Mother’s Day. Being a mom is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. Pregnancy takes a huge toll on a woman’s body. The ‘work day’ is not confined to 8 hours. The job can be exhausting and the pay is non-existent. There really is no training or few reliable guidelines. Parenting standards and expectations keep shifting as much as recommendations from dietary ‘experts’. Job evaluations really can’t be done for about 30 years. Yet, the outcome merely determines the quality of our fellow citizens.
It would be a good investment to revere motherhood and actually support the profession. Many mothers have jobs outside of the home too: some by choice, some out necessity. Affordable, quality daycare, paid sick leave, flex time, equal pay and raising the minimum wage are basic ways to revere mothers and families. Let’s really stand by women who are Mother’s and provide some benefits so that they can do their job with less stress. Let’s make sure that our institutions do the right thing and take care of mothers throughout and beyond the pregnancy and that we provide all children with comprehensive health care, excellent public schools and safe housing. Those gifts would go a lot further than the traditional flowers, chocolates or breakfast in bed.
Most readers of this newsletter are fully committed to reproductive rights and health care access. We shudder when we learn of forced sterilization (Public policies in this country have forced sterilization on those labeled ‘feeble minded’ in the 1920’s, Puerto Rican women from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and Native American women since conquests) or mandatory pregnancy (From the forced breeding of enslaved people to increase the wealth of slaveholders to the Nazi breeding program designed to create racially “pure” children for the Third Reich.) Framing parenting as a moral decision encourages each of us to reflect on the commitment of mothering/parenting and be in awe of those who are in that ‘profession’. To fully embrace the dictum that motherhood must not be mandatory, admiration for those who have chosen other life paths is imperative. Let’s make sure that the career of being a Mom is not forced or an accident. Providing sex education and contraception along with information about child development must be available. There are enough surprises and challenges in the field of parenting: some preparation would really help. Andlet’s raise and revere men who also embrace the joys and responsibilities of parenting.
(TRUST WOMEN A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice by Rebecca Todd Peters more fully explores parenting as a moral decision.)
The 2019 Colorado Legislative session is over. Thank you for making sure HB19-1032 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education/The Youth Wellness Act PASSED and is funded!
With comments or questions, or if you would like to get involved with CORCRC, please contact Nora Bashir, CORCRC Exec Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce Lisbin at email@example.com
Points of Interest:
Read a critical review of the Frontline documentary The Abortion Divide. This article clearly describes the deceptive practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), the harm that they do and exposes the unethical support by governments.
A Catholic Hospital in Iowa Offered Contraception for Decades. Then the Bishop Found Out reports on the irony, limitations and risks impacting patients at religiously administered hospitals
CORCRC joins the Progressive Religious community (and beyond) to mourn the loss of Rachel Held Evans, the popular Evangelical Christian author. Rachel Held Evans wrote extensively about feminism, reproductive rights and justice, LGBTQ issues, etc. from a Christian perspective. Review her meditations and changes in thinking on abortion on her blog. Learn more about her legacy here.
TO BE RESCHEDULED: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber will discuss her new book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation. Due to scheduling conflicts, this event is being rescheduled for the Fall of 2019. Please check back here or on our website for updates.
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