May 2018
Blog: News Update – May 3, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The phenomenon of the #MeToo movement is not as new as one might imagine.  Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006. Yes, just like the problem of sexual harassment, the phrase Me Too has been around before the likes of Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby.  Women have been standing up for themselves and each other long before social media or celebrities made headlines. In 1997, Tarana Burke was working at a youth camp in Alabama when she was approached by a young girl who shared with her that ‘her mother’s boyfriend was ‘doing things to her”.  At the time, Burke was quiet, though she too had been assaulted as a child.  She wished that she had said ‘me too’. That lack of response motivated Burke to......

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Apr 2018
Blog: News Update – April 26, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The first recorded evidence of induced abortion is from the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus in 1550 BC (Potts, Malcolm; Martha Campbell (2002). “History of Contraception”).  Women’s reliance on abortion techniques is identified around the world and is a consistently cross-cultural phenomenon.  Early methods included extreme physical activity to use of a variety of plants, poisons and exceptionally vigorous massages.  Attitudes, practices and environmental pressures to limit pregnancies fluctuate throughout the centuries within cultures. A recent archaeological study has found evidence of abortion taking place in middle-class homes in 19th century New York.  This study is a fascinating glimpse of the relentless saga faced by all women to control their reproductive destiny. Read more: Aborted Fetus and Pill Bottle in 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History of Family Planning  ......

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Apr 2018
Blog: News Update – April 19, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC’s first Executive Director, Rev. Margaret Rush Hankins passed away on April 12, 2018. In 2017, Rev. Hankins received the Faith and Freedom Award for a life dedicated to reproductive rights and for successfully leading the effort in 2017 to maintain a relationship between CORCRC and the Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference. Margaret, entered ministry in 1978 in the Rocky Mountain Conference. She faithfully served the churches of Lyons, Denver Emmanuel and Englewood Hope and served Conference level positions of District Superintendent for the Mile High Pikes Peak District and as the Rocky Mountain Conference Council on Ministries Program Coordinator. Rev. Hankins will be missed by her family and the many dear friends and colleagues she made throughout her life. Legislation Update HB18-1001, the CO FAMLI Act – Update ......

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Apr 2018
Blog: News Update – April 12, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, CORCRC is committed to reaching out to communities beyond the Denver metropolitan area. Action steps to that end include our participation in the Reproductive Rights Road Show and bringing on a new member to our CORCRC team. Please welcome Tatiana Lopez, the new Grand Junction Community Organizer/Liaison. Hello! I am so excited to be apart of CORCRC and help bring the organization to the Colorado Western Slope, a place that could definitely use the resources that CORCRC provides! I’m a student at Colorado Mesa University, majoring in Communications while also doing a minor in Political Science. I’ve been working in the non-profit sector since high school. I publish a monthly newsletter for Shimmer Sparkle Shine, a non-profit that, works with young girls and pre-teens to educate them on......

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Apr 2018
Blog: News Update – April 5, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Spring holidays often reflect the joy of rebirth and transformation. Here is a personal story of transformation: a woman’s feelings of rejection and stigmatization were converted by her faith and sense of compassion. My Abortion Brought Me Closer to God REWIRE, Mar 30, 2018, Kristine A. Kippins My boyfriend and I became pregnant during a summer in between semesters at college. When I had my medication abortion a few weeks later, I felt instant relief. I knew it was the right decision for me, for my boyfriend, and for our families. Exercising my constitutional right to end my pregnancy helped me become the successful lawyer I am today. I was brought up in a fiercely pro-choice, feminist household, where abortion was never taboo. Yet, I still internalized many......

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Mar 2018
Blog: News Update – March 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Thanks to dynamic community participation, the Reproductive Rights Road Show stop in Colorado Springs resulted in discussions confirming the importance of comprehensive sex education in the public schools and the need for access to the full range of reproductive health care services. This community is experiencing significant changes as the citizenry becomes more engaged in political action and challenges the status quo! Colorado Springs has our attention.  Legislation Update On March 27th, the House Judiciary Committee defeated HB18-1206, on a 7-4 vote. This deeply offensive bill would have used religious exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ Coloradans and their families in nearly every facet of their lives. Points of Interest The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), released a report confirming that abortion is safe and effective. Here......

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