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Blog: News Update – May 21, 2019

On May 15th, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the strictest abortion bill in the country into law. It bans all abortions unless a woman’s health is in ‘serious danger’. There are no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. And doctors who carry out abortions could face up to 99 years in prison. The ban is set to go into effect in six months. This extreme and uncommonly harsh anti-abortion bill is an assault on the human rights of women and an affront to the religious convictions and values shared by the many faiths in our coalition. Our values say each person is created in the image of God with free will to make moral decisions about their bodies, their families, and their lives. We are people of faith and of no...


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Blog: News Update – May 14, 2019

“For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Two hundred and fourteen million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when to become pregnant but lack the necessary access to contraception- resulting in some 74 million unintended pregnancies each year. The need persists in some high-income countries as well, including the United States where 45 percent of pregnancies are unintended.  Securing the fundamental right to voluntary, high-quality family planning services around the world would have powerful positive impacts on the health, welfare, and life expectancy of both women and their children. The benefits for social and economic development across all genders are myriad and, unto themselves, merit swift and...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – April 30, 2019

MAY 7 – 2019 Faith & Freedom Reception  Tickets still available! Please Join the CORCRC and Friends for the 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal for her contributions to CORCRC and Women’s Reproductive Rights and Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project. Heavy hor d’oeurves served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.     Dear Friend of CORCRC, Is there room for optimism? Advocates for reproductive rights, health care and those concerned about the general status of women can pause and wonder if there is room for optimism without letting down our guard? Thanks to U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Spokane, Wash., the proposed Title X (gag) rules will not go into effect on May 3. Judge Bastian issued a nationwide temporary injunction against...


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Blog: News Update – April 23, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Take an Opportunity to Debunk Major Abortion Myths with Information  If you are fortunate enough to have a conversation with a person who really wants to talk with you about abortion and reproductive rights, here is some major information to dispel the myths surrounding what has been made into a huge controversy.  The attached article replaces misinformation about the emotional and physical effects of abortion.  It details the lack of pragmatic support provided by those who are adamantly anti-abortion to the destructive restrictions that they are working to impose.  “Anti-choicers don’t want to stop abortion. They want to punish women, potentially with death, for seeking abortions. If you doubt this, consider that several states are considering legislation that would impose the death penalty on women who seek abortions.” Separation of...


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Blog: News Update – April 16, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The Me Too Movement: Challenges to the Double Standard The ubiquitous “war between the sexes” continues to be subtle, bold, and powerful. The unwritten doctrine that perpetuates this war is the ‘double standard’. The double standard is society’s guide that prescribes the way men and women should behave, think, and act. This guide, just like the famous travel guides by Rick Steves and other travel gurus, deviates within each community, from family to family, and is broadly interpreted again by each individual. The fundamental message of these guides is consistent: the rules for men and women are different and all too often women are less equal than men. The rules designed to sustain this fundamental proposition place limits on each sex, promote stereotypical thinking and contribute to inadequate communication. However, the traditional sex roles continue...


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Blog: News Update – April 9, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, “Roe continues to exist, but only in the way a storefront on a western movie set exists: a mere façade to give the illusion of reality.”  – Chief Justice William Rehnquist in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1992 It is a painful fact that this 1992 quote is still accurate and reproductive rights are at great risk 27 years later.  It’s not that Americans have changed their minds about abortion: only one fifth of Americans think that abortion should be banned. Surveys consistently report the public’s support for abortion. Though public attitudes may consistently be in support of abortion and reproductive rights, the balance of power has drastically shifted due to the make-up of the Supreme Court and the aggressive, restrictive legislative efforts on the state...


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Blog: News Update – April 2, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Potpourri of News: Women’s issues and women’s perspectives are driving politics and policies around the globe. Reproductive rights, health and justice are a driving force across the spectrum of concerns here and abroad. Because keeping up with current events is nearly impossible, here is a potpourri of news articles that address the ramifications of news events on women and their families. In the USA, abortion is more than a symbolic wedge of public opinion. Abortion rights and access are so threatened that several red states have passed or are pushing through bills that prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Fetal heartbeat is usually detected around 6 weeks, which is before most women even know that they are pregnant. Fortunately, courts are challenging the constitutionality of...


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Blog: News Update – March 26, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Mail order abortion pills now available Dr. Rebecca Gomperts established Aid Access a decade or so ago that ships abortion pills to patients around the world.  In October, the Dutch websiteAidAccess.org began shipping abortion pills to the United States as a result of growing requests. In 2015, CORCRC hosted a viewing of the documentary VESSEL.  The film chronicled the mission of Dr. Rebecca Gomperts who acted on the conviction that laws do not control whether or not abortions happen; the only thing they can control is whether or not they happen safely. Dr. Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, sailed a ship around the world, providing abortions at sea in international waters for women with no legal alternative. Aid Access allows a woman to self- manage an early...


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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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