Newsletters

26
Feb 2019
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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19
Feb 2019
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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12
Feb 2019
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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05
Feb 2019
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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29
Jan 2019
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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22
Jan 2019
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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