Essays


Essential Health

Victory: the American Care Act (Obamacare) is in place. Attempts to repeal Obamacare, cut and cap Medicaid were defeated because of thundering public outcry and the opposition of red and blue-state governors.  The failed Republican plan would have ended health insurance for 3 million people and threatened the lives and well–being of people who need healthcare the most – children, rural communities, the disabled and those with pre-existing conditions.  Those suffering from AIDS, opioid addiction and the ZIKA virus would have suffered even greater cuts in funding for services.  Women’s healthcare would suffer disproportionately.  Not considered “essential health”, funding cuts were intended to devastate Planned Parenthood, family planning and maternity services.   Every major faith encourages, if not mandates. care for others.  Why is this fundamental commitment to providing health care challenged...


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All Options Counseling Service

For many years, Colorado RCRC has offered all-options counseling for women and girls in the midst of a decision regarding their reproductive lives, or in the aftermath of an abortion procedure. Usually, if the caller has a preference, we try to match her up with someone from her faith tradition or one very similar, including the Jewish tradition and the Buddhist faith.  The counseling is provided free of charge by clergy from many denominations and faiths who are trained by RCRC in even-handed, caller-focused counseling on these topics, and who are aware of resources within the community for adoption and other specific needs.  Most of the counseling is now provided by telephone, and we have quite rapid response times (usually within 24 hours of a request.)  All of our counseling is anonymous...


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Inspiration from a woman named Marianne Williamson

Inspiration from a woman named Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are...


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Mario Cuomo asked: When should I argue to make my religious value your morality? Read his speech iconic speech given at Notre Dame

Mario Cuomo asked: When should I argue to make my religious value your morality? Read his speech iconic speech given at Notre Dame

Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective I would like to begin by drawing your attention to the title of this lecture: “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.” I was not invited to speak on “Church and State” generally. Certainly not “Mondale vs. Reagan.” The subject assigned is difficult enough. I will try not to do more than I’ve been asked. It’s not easy to stay contained. Certainly, although everybody talks about a wall of separation between church and state, I’ve seen religious leaders scale that wall with all the dexterity of olympic athletes. In fact, I’ve seen so many candidates in churches and synagogues that I think we should change election day from Tuesdays to Saturdays and Sundays. I am honored by this invitation, but the...


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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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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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