We are just beginning the legislative year when bills are starting to be introduced. It is a year when those who wish to disparage women are emboldened to return women to the status of property and deny their intellectual and moral capacities to make decisions affecting their own self-determination. The most shameful aspect of this assault upon women is that it is being done in the name of God. The media gives the impression that the only religious perspective is one that is misogynist. That is why the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is so important as it speaks for a broad spectrum of religious faith communities and the majority of Americans who find such oppressive fetters repugnant.
In the coming legislative session, these are a few of the items we hope to achieve.
1, Reproductive Health Care Is Health Care Resolution which resolves the following:
- Abortion access is an essential part of respecting the health needs, bodily autonomy and individual decisions of people in Colorado along with ensuring that people have the information and services to prevent unintended pregnancies, the support to have healthy pregnancies and become parents when they are ready, and the ability to raise their children in a safe and healthy environment and to be able to care for their families with dignity.
- State, city and county health departments shall promote policies and take steps to ensure access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion and get rid of disparities that prevent low-income women and women of color from seeking safe, high quality care; and
- Both public and private health insurance should cover the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion; and
- Facilities and professionals providing reproductive health services shall not be subjected to regulations that do not have a medical benefit and that are more burdensome than those imposed on other facilities or health care professionals that provide medically comparable procedures. Provision should be based on the best medical practices as developed by medical experts and supported by medical evidence; and
- All qualified health care professionals shall be able to provide the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion and have access to appropriate medical training.
- Health Facility Protocols Protect Patient Health Bill which will require that medical facilities must be transparent about the services they provide. They cannot limit the professional judgement of the physicans employeed. When procedures are refused, they must make adequate referrals.
- 12 Month Pill Supply Bill which will allow a person to be able to fill their prescription for 12 months at a time.
- Contraceptive Equity Bill which will require that all forms of contraception available under the Affordable Care Act be covered by Colorado insurers.
In addition to these legislative initiatives we will also be looking for volunteers to serve as liaisons in local communities throughout Colorado. These liaisons will help to educate people about our efforts to provide a compassionate environment in all aspect reproductive care. If you are interested, please contact us.