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Blog: News Update – March 19, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Expressing unity and solidarity, the interfaith community attended Friday prayers at the Colorado Muslim Society mosque in Arapahoe County in response to the violent tragedy at a mosque in New Zealand. Those who associate religion/faith with the capacity for people to be compassionate and supportive had their convictions restored this past week. This welcomed response reinforces the ideal version of the United States as a noble experiment – a ‘melting pot’ of people of different cultures, races and religions. At least that is the myth many of us were taught and cling to. Thank you to those who attended and supported the Colorado Muslim community. This expression of community support is particularly important in the face of a simmering momentum of active hate groups in this country and state. According...


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Blog: News Update – March 12, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The issue of personhood, “fetal rights,” is now in the Alabama courts.  An Alabama man is suing an abortion clinic on behalf of a fetus, referred to as “Baby Roe” by the Judge. The plaintiff, Ryan Magers, names the fetus as a co-plaintiff in the suit for “wrongful death” because his ex-girlfriend decided not to carry her unwanted pregnancy to term. This case could open Pandora’s box to erode Roe by possibly granting legal rights to fetuses equal to or greater than the woman carrying them. Another challenge to Roe is the possibility of mandating that the sperm donor be given the power of approving the medical procedure of abortion. Both of these potential changes in the law are frightening and must not see the light of day. Alabama Judge Allows...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – February 26, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, On Friday the Trump administration released new regulations that make the “Gag Rule” domestic policy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) threatens to no longer fund Title X programs that perform or refer patients for abortion services. This means that doctors cannot do their jobs and that patients will not receive appropriate referrals let alone services that they need. Ever since women have been fighting to control their health, family planning and ‘voluntary motherhood’, we have had to defeat laws and regulations based on morality not medicine. President Nixon signed Title X into law in 1970 saying “No American woman should be denied access to family planning because of her economic condition.”  That was only a few years after the Supreme Court declared that unmarried...


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Blog: News Update – February 19, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Comprehensive Sex Education and Faith Communities Sex education is a life-long process informally experienced by everyone who observes the way society talks (or doesn’t talk), acts (or doesn’t act) about matters related to sex or the expressions of affection and sexual behaviors. The biggest influence regarding our attitudes toward sex is what we observe and experience as children and mainly what we see in our immediate families. Acknowledging the enormous role of family, it is logical that children would benefit if their parents would have a solid understanding of sexuality, be comfortable as role models, and be able to provide their children with accurate information about sexual matters. Understanding sexuality helps one integrate sex into the many dimensions of a person’s life and can positively influence one’s health, emotional...


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Blog: News Update – February 12, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, ‘Late term abortion’; false and inflammatory language is a Distraction and Disservice. Those of us who are determined to preserve a woman’s right to privacy and an abortion must now avoid engaging in a costly game of semantics.  Unfortunately and not surprisingly, the President is exacerbating the discussion about abortion and has called on Congress “to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children.” The misuse of language and avoiding science and medical expertise only muddies the discussion with hyperbole and ‘untruths’. According to Dr. J Conti, “late term” is an invention of anti-abortion extremists to confuse, mislead and increase stigma. The appropriate language is “abortions later in pregnancy.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) keeps records of abortions and has reported that during 2006–2015, there has been a historic...


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Blog: News Update – February 5, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The National Prayer Caucus is sponsoring Project Blitz which is a campaign to provide national support for Bible Literacy Bills, Conversion Therapy, Prayer for Judges, religious restrictions of adoption agencies, requiring “In God We Trust” to be posted in public schools and allowing for religious symbols to be part of national memorials and more!  The stated purpose of this group is: “To protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.” This effort is a threat to the separation of church and state and thus to all religions, people of faith and of no faith.  Secularism is being attacked as immoral. This self-appointed cadre is defining Christianity for this nation’s diverse...


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Blog: News Update – January 29, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, At the recent panel, “Fighting to Keep Grand Junction Community Hospital for the Community,” citizens expressed their concerns of the proposed takeover of the Grand Junction Community Hospital by Centura Health on January 26th.  Centura is a faith-based hospital management firm with two tracks: one Catholic and one Adventist. CEO Chris Thomas & Karen Martsolf, Director of Marketing/Communications, heard many questions and concerns posed by the group of consumer activists that focused on possible faith-based restrictions that would limit reproductive health services, nonjudgmental and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community and respect for end of live directives.  The administrators acknowledged that they did not have answers for most of the questions posed and that their focus has been on financial concerns. This initial and overdue dialogue is proof...


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Blog: News Update – January 22, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Though this Supreme Court decision continues to be one of the most divisive issues in the United States, the support for abortion rights grows.  A recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 71 percent of American voters believe that Roe should not be overturned. The fact that this decision has increasing popular support is rarely noted because emphasizing conflict attracts an audience more than agreement.  The support for women’s autonomy was clearly demonstrated by the signs held high at Womxn’s Marches throughout the country. In this time of questionable use of the concept of religious freedom, it is imperative to note that Roe does not mention or rely on religion but enshrines trust in women to...


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Blog: News Update – January 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Women belong in the House and the Senate. And as of January 2019, there are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (not counting four female territorial delegates), making women 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives.  There are also many firsts: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s youngest congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim congresswomen, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American congresswomen. Representative Diana DeGette continues to represent Colorado since Jan 7, 1997. There are now 25 women in the U.S. Senate. Since 1894, Colorado has elected women to the legislature, a full 26 years prior to women getting the vote nationally.  The tradition of women representatives in the Colorado State Legislature continues. Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats who won the trifecta...


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Blog: News Update – December 27, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, This New Year will bring a positive shift in leadership throughout the nation, in the state of Colorado and at the CORCRC.  Nora Bashir will begin her role as the CORCRC Executive Director beginning in January 2019. The Search Committee chose Nora out of a group of excellent candidates as an expression of confidence in her special skill set. Joyce Lisbin announced her intent to resign in the spring and will continue to be on staff as the Communications/Education Coordinator. She is pleased to support Nora in her leadership role. Nora has extensive experience in consultation with non-profit organizations and was Executive Director of the Chinook Fund for 7 years. Her lead in donor cultivation led to an increase of number of donors by 400%.  She has developed specific...


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Blog: News Update – December 13, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The language of Roe v. Wade makes clear that states cannot ban abortion before viability – when a fetus can survive outside the womb. Most doctors agree that viability occurs at around 24 weeks. No fetus is viable at just 15 weeks. Yet, Mississippi passed a law banning abortion at 15 weeks.  This state’s effort to restrict abortion access is a prime example of the challenges reproductive rights advocates and women can expect to face in the near future.  Similar bills were passed in Iowa and in Ohio.  Fortunately, US District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down the 15-week Mississippi ban relying on this argument: “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the...


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Blog: News Update – November 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The Shameful Treatment of Immigrants Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acknowledges that the separations of families are still happening.   A court order is officially being followed but the intent of the law is being ignored.  Many of us took comfort in the decision by federal judge, Dana M. Sabraw, who issued an injunction against the separations of children from parents and ordered the government to put the thousands of affected families back together.  Unfortunately she included an exemption of cases if it was determined that the child’s safety was at risk.  Tragically there were no designated standards or oversight regarding that decision and the CPB is abusing their authority by judging parents unfit by what appears to be whim. This President, the administration and subsequently the American citizenry...


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Blog: News Update – November 15, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Optimism is in the air and rightfully so.  Our new Governor, Jared Polis, identifies himself as a pragmatist, capitalist and a person of faith.  The state elected officials and many of our Congressional Representatives are ‘Blue’.  As relieved and excited as I am, it is important that we avoid the seduction of hubris and over-confidence that can easily lead to apathy. The election results revealed another characteristic of the Colorado public: the majority of the voters are resistant to any tax increases.  Perhaps the long list of requests for money on the ballot was visually overwhelming. Let us re-examine the fiscal needs of our growing state with a realistic and generous perspective.  It would be helpful if state representatives would look at ways to provide more than adequate...


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Blog: News Update – November 1, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Great Expectations for November 7th Imagine waking up on November 7th and the promise of change is confirmed.  All people will be encouraged to vote and systemic voter suppression will be abolished. Elected officials committed to health care for all will soon be in office. There will be active steps to restore a system of justice for all.  The tone of lies, hate and disdain will no longer be accepted.  Violence will be replaced with compassion and care.  Immigrants will be welcomed.  Science and facts will be demanded as a primary resource for policy development.  Respect for fact-based journalism will overtake the impact of conspiracy driven, fear mongering distortions that inflame hate and distrust. Keep imagining the ways our country and state can be inclusive, just and peaceful. ...


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