Legislation Matters

Legislation Matters 

September 2016 

Rev. Greg Garland, United Church of Christ

As we are a ‘religious’ coalition, let me open with a mention that we believe that God’s love and justice is for all people and that securing a woman’s right to self-determination and control over her own body is an important part of building God’s beloved community and fulfilling God’s will.  The way this happens in a democratic society is through the political process which means legislation really does matter.

While the legislative session for this year has not yet begun, there are some much needed pro-active legislative items in the hopper that will soon be introduced.  Assisting in the promotion of this pro-active legislation is strong coalition to which CORCRC belongs. The other members of this coalition include: American Civil Liberties Union – Colorado, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Progress Colorado, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.  This coalition will work together during the legislative session to support pro-choice bills and to fight back anti-choice policies and protect women’s reproductive freedoms.

The Coalition is being helped this year by the State Policy Initiative (SPI) which is an outreach effort of the Public Leadership Initiative, a national organization that seeks to “expand the visibility and support of a proactive pro-abortion rights agenda to shift the issue environment on abortion rights and to educate about the harmful effects of the anti-choice policy agenda.”

In addition to the State legislation we will again be supporting the Each Woman Act at the national level.   This bill [H.R. 2972] “requires the federal government: (1) to ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; (2) as an employer or health plan sponsor, to ensure coverage for abortion care for participants and beneficiaries; and (3) as a provider of health services, to ensure that abortion care is made available to individuals who are eligible to receive services in its own facilities or in facilities with which it contracts to provide medical care.
The federal government may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise inhibit insurance coverage of abortion care by state or local governments or by private health plans. State and local governments may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise inhibit insurance coverage of abortion care by private health plans.
The bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the federal government, acting in its capacity as an insurer, employer, or health care provider, should serve as a model for the nation to ensure coverage of abortion care; and (2) restrictions on coverage of abortion care in the private insurance market must end.”

You can follow the progress of this bill at:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2972

Last but possibly most important,

GO VOTE!