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."

 

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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.”

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Respect ABQ Women Campaign Responds to Remarks Made by Pope Francis

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2013

CONTACT: Denicia Cadena, dcadena@youngwomenunited.org

Micah McCoy, mmccoy@aclu-nm.org

Spanish speaking spokespersons are also available for comments.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--Today, supporters of the Respect ABQ Women campaign commented on statements made by Pope Francis during an interview with the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, the editor of the leading Jesuit journal in Rome. Portions of the interview were published by the New York Times.

 

“As a Catholic and an advocate of reproductive rights, I applaud the announcement from Pope Francis,” said New Mexico State Senator Bill O’Neill. “Pope Francis’ call on the Catholic Church to be a home for all and not a small chapel focused on doctrine and limited views on moral teachings will bring a new era of respect for women and an end to wedge issues like abortion. Pope Francis’ statement that the church has become obsessed with preaching about abortion could not ring louder in our state – we know that the deeply personal decisions about ending a pregnancy should be between a woman and her doctor, guided by her faith.”

 

Catholics for Choice, an allied organization of Respect ABQ Women also commented on the Pope’s statements.

 

“We truly hope that this is just the start; that Pope Francis doesn’t only talk the talk, but also walks the walk. We hope he takes steps to ensure that his more open view of how the church should deal with people trickles down to his brother bishops around the world, who oversee large numbers of hospitals and medical centers. We also hope that this attitude starts to take effect immediately at the United Nations, where the Vatican continues to take extreme positions against contraception, abortion and sexual and reproductive rights, having a very negative impact on the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world.”

 

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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 and not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

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Respect ABQ Women Campaign Responds to Ballot Measure Signature Verification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2013

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

 

Respect ABQ Women Campaign Responds to Ballot Measure Signature Verification

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, City of Albuquerque Clerk Amy Bailey verified the signatures needed for the ballot measure designed to limit access to safe and legal abortion in the city of Albuquerque. The Respect ABQ Women Campaign issued the following statement:

 

“Since the moment that this effort to interfere in private medical decisions began, we started organizing our campaign to ensure that Albuquerque women can continue to make these decisions for themselves and their families,” said Adriann Barboa, a spokesperson with the Respect ABQ Women Campaign. “We've followed the signature verification process and have been building a strong campaign to stand with the women of Albuquerque and urge our communities to vote NO on this ballot measure. The deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy should always remain with a woman, her family, and her doctor – and not as a city ordinance.”

 

The Respect ABQ Women Campaign is available for follow up questions. Please contact Micah McCoy at (972) 740-6675.  

 

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Paid for by Respect ABQ Women, Joan Lamunyon Sanford, Chair. Not coordinated with any candidate or candidate committee.

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Albuquerque Groups Launch Campaign to Defeat Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure

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August 1, 2013

 

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

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, an alliance of community organizations and women’s advocacy groups launched “Respect ABQ Women,” a campaign to defeat the anti-abortion ballot measure that will likely appear on the Albuquerque ballot this fall. The Respect ABQ Women campaign understands that the anti-abortion ballot measure is part of a national effort aimed at making it impossible for New Mexico women, and women across the country, to access safe and legal abortions.

 

"As women of New Mexico we are proud of our state's history of respecting women to make real-life decisions about their lives in the best interest of their families,” said Adriann Barboa, Field Director for Strong Families New Mexico. “We launch this campaign today, representing people from all backgrounds and from all corners of our city, to ensure that Albuquerque continues to respect the personal decisions of women." 

 

“The government needs to stay out of people’s private doctor-patient relationships,” said Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Congregation Albert, who also spoke against the ballot measure at the Respect ABQ Women campaign launch. “The extremely personal decision to end a pregnancy should only be between a woman, her doctor, her conscience, and her family should she choose to involve them.”

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