Community leaders join Dolores Huerta in standing with the Respect ABQ Women campaign and the Women and Families of New Mexico

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CONTACT: Micah McCoy, mmccoy@aclu-nm.org.

For Spanish language media, contact Denicia Cadena at dcadena@youngwomenunited.org

 

WHAT: Community leaders join Dolores Huerta in standing with the Respect ABQ Women campaign and the Women and Families of New Mexico

 

WHEN: Center of Southwest Culture, Tuesday, October 15, at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE: 500 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque, 87102

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Tuesday, October 15th local community leaders will join national civil rights activist, labor leader, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta at the Center of Southwest Culture in support of the Respect ABQ Women campaign. Women and their doctors need continued access to all safe and legal medical options without government interference. Native New Mexican Dolores Huerta, local leaders, and local organizations will stand in solidarity with the women of Albuquerque and will ask Albuquerque voters to vote no on November 19th.

 

“Our New Mexican families do not need the government interfering in these deeply personal and complex decisions,” said Arturo Sandoval, President of Voces Inc. “Our communities have a history of respecting our diverse personal and religious beliefs, including differing views about ending a pregnancy. We need the voters of Albuquerque to take a stand against this dangerous ballot measure.”

“I am the mother of eleven children and I am sure we all have a major concern for the health of the women in our families and in our societies. As an Hispana, worker and labor organizer, and a native New Mexican I am asking the voters of Albuquerque to stand with me and all of the women and families of New Mexico and vote no on November 19th”,” said Dolores Huerta. “Women making decisions about abortions later in pregnancy are facing heartbreaking circumstances, including serious risks to their health and fetal anomalies. This is a dangerous effort to prevent New Mexico doctors from giving their patients the best possible care and aimed at making it impossible for New Mexico women to access safe and legal abortions later in pregnancy. As life long organizer, I have fought for the rights, dignity, and respect of all our communities. We cannot go back.” 

 

"As a reproductive justice project led by and for young women of color, we have proven experience organizing with women and their families to defeat attacks on reproductive health care. As part of the Respect ABQ Women campaign we are  working with our communities to build a campaign centered on the right of every person to have access to the information and resources needed to make decisions about their own lives and bodies," said Micaela Cadena, Policy Director with Young Women United. "We know that our communities will stand with us and will vote No on November 19.”

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Respect ABQ Women is a group of women, families, and allied organizations dedicated to protecting a woman's ability to make private medical decisions with her family and doctor.

Paid for by Respect ABQ Women/Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.