No on 67: Dr. Ruben Alvero's Remarks

No on 67: Dr. Ruben Alvero’s Remarks

Speech below in both english and spanish. English: Vote NO 67 Speech/Medical/Dr. Ruben Alvaro My name is Dr. Ruben Alvaro. As an OB/GYN, I opposed this dangerous proposal when it was put before Colorado voters in 2008 and 2010. I oppose it again this year. Amendment 67 is bad medicine for women and for Colorado. In 2008, the proponents of this dangerous proposal attempted to define “personhood” as being from “the moment of fertilization.” In 2010 they were back with a new version, to define so-called “personhood” as being “from the moment of biological development.” This year they are saying they want to protect “pregnant mothers and their unborn children…” Of course we want to protect pregnant women, from violence, from drunken drivers and from all harm. Amendment 67 is not the...


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No on 67: Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks

No on 67: Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks

No on 67: Personhood Amendment Rev. Jann Halloran’s remarks Speech at July 29th Rally   Good afternoon. I’m the Rev. Jann Halloran And I serve as president Of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Colorado. For the past 17 years I have offered pastoral counseling To women with unexpected pregnancies and unexpected risks In crisis about what decision they should make. These issues of reproductive justice are played out in public But individual women and their families are the ones Who suffer in private, trying to make the most loving And ethical decisions they can for themselves and their Families based upon their own beliefs and values. At the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Which offers this emergency clergy counseling service to women of all faiths – or no faith –...


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Trying to be Pro-Life by Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre

Most of those who self-identify as “pro-life” or believe in the “sanctity of life” are neither.  To truly be pro-life is to believe that all life, created by God, has worth, dignity, and purpose; therefore, no human, under any circumstance, has the right to play God and terminate any life.  To truly be pro-life is to consistently maintain this view in all issues.  Because all life has an opportunity to reconcile with their Creator, all life must be preserved at all cost.  For those who believe in Christian dogma, to terminate life early robs the person of coming into a saving knowledge of God and the hope of relying on God’s grace for everlasting life.  As it stands now, most conservatives and liberals are prolife on certain political issues and not on...


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Ethical Issues of Abortion by F.R. Abrams MD

I have been asked to consider the ethical issues of abortion. Knowing there are many different ethical views, and that they continue to be debated despite centuries of contention, I had to choose which of them I could express in less than ten minutes. Ought I speak about what we ought to do—technically that’s called “normative” ethics? Or, should I approach the most frequent behavior of a particular group—doing what most of them think is right—that’s defined as the “moral” view. Then again, on the issue of abortion, that definition is itself a paradox, because many people who think abortion is wrong nevertheless make that choice!   So I decided to do away with labels, because so many people involved in the abortion debate intermingle legal, religious and secular starting points on...


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Why I’m Voting Against Amendment 67 and Why You Should, Too: ‘Personhood’ is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Harmful to Women by Nanette Santoro

Why I’m Voting Against Amendment 67 and Why You Should, Too: ‘Personhood’ is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and Harmful to Women by Nanette Santoro

Who wouldn’t want to support the following statement: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings? This is the exact phrasing of what will appear on your ballot in November. Don’t we all want to protect pregnant women? Looks like something most people would want to support, right? This is an example of the use of deliberately deceptive language to mislead Colorado voters. It is led by a small group of extremists who view the world in black and white terms and choose to force the rest of us to resolve our moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding pregnant women’s choices with an iron-clad, one-size-fits-all...


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A Matter of Faith: Essay by Reverand Gregory Garland

A Matter of Faith Rev. Gregory Garland I. To be or not to be – human – that was Hamlet’s, and it is our, question. A. And so Hamlet goes on to reflect – What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? B. What is this quintessence of dust? C. What does it mean to be a human being; or a person? D. At what point in our development do we become a human being? E. The answer, it seems, is a matter of faith. A...


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Rev. Tamara Boynton

Rev. Tamara Boynton is a mother, a minister, and an organizational specialist. She has lived in Colorado since 1993. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ and has served as campus minister CU-Boulder, as Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation in Lakewood and Denver, as solo Pastor at Berkeley Community Church, and as Associate Conference Minister (twice) for the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC. She has worked extensively with children, youth, young adults, and adults in camping, experiential education, mentoring, and retreats throughout her life. More recently, her work with churches and non-profits has piqued her interest in the psychology of organizations as...


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Volunteer F.A.Q.

Volunteer F.A.Q.

What kind of volunteer work is available? Everything from developing outreach efforts, to data entry, helping with our newsletter or lobbying.  Depending on your skill set and preferences, we would be thrilled to have you on our team.   What kind of time commitment do you expect? CORCRC is busiest during the legislative session but we work all year round on different projects that could benefit from your help.  We are flexible way beyond a 9-5 approach and are happy to accommodate your schedule needs.   Is their official training? This would totally depend on the task you are doing.  If it were data entry there would be some training involved but if it was outreach, developing education programs or many of the additional tasks that we need help with there would...


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Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg

Taylor Soderborg is a 5th year joint MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on the role of the early infant gut microbiome in metabolic disease risk. She plans to become an Ob/Gyn physician. Taylor was raised in San Francisco, California and attended Oberlin College where she graduated with high honors in Neuroscience. Taylor is currently one of the steering committee leaders for Medical Students for Choice interest group which works to promote awareness of and engagement in topics related to women’s reproductive justice.


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Joelle Takahashi

Joelle Takahashi is a medical student at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to California to receive a BA in psychology from Pepperdine University. Joelle has dedicated her time as a medical student advocating for women’s rights in medicine. She is currently the director of the Medical Students for Choice student interest group and coordinates monthly campus events to increase awareness and student engagement. Her current research focuses on Catholic hospital restrictions and limitations on women’s healthcare.


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Michelle Sheehy

Michelle Sheehy joined the CORCRC Board in 2014. She is a Colorado native and upon completing her degree in Philosophy she took off for Los Angeles where she received her MA in Bioethics. She has a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health. Michelle is Co-Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, coordinating and organizing events. She’s a strong advocate for birth-control and access to sexual and reproductive health services. She currently is working at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as a Clinical Research Assistant. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.


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Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa

Rev. Dr. Stephan Papa is a Unitarian Universalist minister; he served the First Universalist Church in Denver from 1982-2001; in 1984 with Dorotha Howe, he started the Freedom Fund, which provides financial assistance to women choosing to have an abortion.  Stephan has served on the CORCRC Board for many years.  He has a BS in Education, a Masters, and a Doctor of Ministry degree.  He has served five congregations in different parts of the country and worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  After forty years in the professional ministry he has retired and lives in Denver with his wife Patty Prevost.


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Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson

Valerie L. Jackson is the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Aurora, Colorado. She also serves the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) via the Commission on The Status and Role of Women, The Ethical Education Task Force, and The District Superintendent’s Committee. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Iliff School of Theology with research in Homiletics, Womanist Theology, and Black Church Studies. The project title is A Critical Analysis of Preaching in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated: The Socio-Cultural and Existential Reality of Women. In addition, she has a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Moreover,...


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Marcia Helfant

Marcia Helfant currently serves as CO. State Policy Advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots social justice organization that emphasizes quality of life issues for women, children and families. Growing up in New York City, and living in Philadelphia for many years, Marcia received a B.A. degree from Queens College, the City University of New York, with a major in history; and an M.A. degree in Political Science from Hunter College, the City University of New York. After teaching history in New York City Public High Schools for 9 years, Marcia left to raise a family. Having moved to Philadelphia during those years, and developing an interest in political advocacy, she attended Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Science and Social Research, earning an MSW degree, with an emphasis...


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