Faith Leaders Support ABQ Women

Catholics For Choice and Local Faith Leaders join the Respect ABQ Women Campaign

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

Denicia Cadena, dcadena@youngwomenunited.org

Spanish speakers available for interviews, please call Denicia Cadena.

 

What: Faith Leaders to Endorse Respect ABQ Women Campaign 

When: Friday, October 25th, at 11:30 a.m. 

Where: First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

             In the Religious Education Building, located in the southwest corner of the courtyard

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM-- Friday, October 25th, Catholics For Choice and local faith leaders from diverse backgrounds will join the Respect ABQ Women campaign by publicly endorsing their efforts to defeat the ballot measure on November 19th. People of faith from all different walks of life believe that personal decisions about abortion should remain with New Mexican women and families.

 

"Catholics for Choice joins the local Catholic voices in support of Respect ABQ Women campaign against this dangerous ballot initiative. Albuquerque women deserve respect when making conscience-based decisions about their healthcare”, said Sara Hutchinson, Domestic Program Director with Catholics For Choice.  “As Catholics, we stand with every woman who seeks to make decisions about her own life, including decisions about abortion and contraception. Our Catholic tradition teaches us that individual conscience is the final arbiter in matters of moral decision making. The majority of the more than 68 million Catholics in the United States support policies that enable women and men to make their own decisions about whether and when to have children.”

 

“That includes the majority of more than half a million Catholics here in New Mexico. ABQ Catholics are standing up for women’s reproductive rights and moral autonomy. They have told us they are concerned that their views are being misrepresented by those who would pretend to speak for all Catholics. As Catholics, we believe in social justice. That means supporting every woman getting the healthcare she needs, including safe and legal access to abortion. We know as a Catholics, it’s wrong for someone to impose their beliefs about religion and morality on another person. That’s exactly what this ballot measure aims to do. Catholics across ABQ are standing up and saying no. We ask you to join them. Respect ABQ Women and Vote NO on Nov. 19."

 

 

The New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), one of the lead organizations of the Respect ABQ Women campaign, has been leading efforts to engage the faith community in standing with the women and families of Albuquerque. The RCRC has years of experiencing building trust and relationship with clergy, faith leaders, and people of faith to develop a faith based approach to defending reproductive rights. Faith leaders and people from Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian, and many other diverse groups have stood up to keep personal decisions about abortion in the hands of women.

 

"New Mexico has a history of trusting women to make the personal and complex decision to end a pregnancy – with their families, their faith, and their doctors," said Joan Lamunyon Sanford, the Executive Director of the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. "As one of the allied organizations working on the Respect ABQ Women campaign, the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has proudly brought support of local faith leaders from diverse backgrounds to stand with the women and families of Albuquerque. We can have different personal and religious beliefs about abortion and still agree to respect every woman’s right to make decisions according to her own beliefs and conscience. Codifying the ideological viewpoint of a few into public law undermines the validity and religious freedom of others. That is why the deeply personal and complex decision to have an abortion needs to remain solely with a woman -- and if she chooses, in consultation with her family, and her doctor, without government interference."

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