We WON! We kept abortion safe and legal!
Thank you, NOW volunteers!
Thanks to the effort and the many hours of dedicated volunteers who called voters in Albuquerque, canvassed in Albuquerque, carried campaign signs in front of the Albuquerque polls, and drove voters to the Albuquerque polls, we did it! The final tally was 55% in our favor to 45%. A very respectable (pun intended) margin!
|The respectABQwomen campaign was 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.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists
- League of Women Voters of New Mexico
- New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- New Mexico Women’s Agenda
- National Organization for Women (Santa Fe Chapter)
- Planned Parenthood of New Mexico
- The Southwest Women’s Law Center
- Southwestern Women’s Options
- Strong Families
- Young Women United
And a huge THANK YOU to these organizations who rallied volunteers to help the campaign: Organizing for Action, Catholics for Choice, and the Feminist Majority!
As reported by KOB Channel 4
It was a full house today, August 1, for the kick-off press conference for the campaign, "Respect ABQ Women." Watch the video!
RESPECT ABQ WOMEN!
OPPOSE ANY BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT RESTRICTS A WOMAN'S ACCESS TO ABORTION!
Thursday, Aug 1, 2013, 11am
La Mesa Presbyterian Church
7401 Copper NE, Albuquerque
11:00 PRESS CONFERENCE
11:30 to 1:00: Update audience on the Respect ABQ Women campaign to defeat the ballot initiative, including opportunities for people to volunteer in these efforts.
Based on a true story, this may be the only young adult novel out there where a girl gets pregnant and has an abortion using RU-486. Written by Santa Fe NOW member, Kate Buckley. See Kate's web-site for awards and reviews and her continuing work with teens. http://www.katebuckleybooks.com/
Sexuality, Feminism, and Activism!
Author, feminist, and activist, Jessica Valenti's only New Mexico appearance to benefit The Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund
New Mexico has only three abortion providers, all located in Albuquerque; the Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund helps defray the extra and often hidden costs for women traveling to Albuquerque. The fund covers costs such as bus tickets, meals, overnight stays and other non-medical needs such as childcare.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm
4 Ways to Give
Sponsor the Event: Become a Champion for Choice at $1,000 or a Feminist for Choice at $500 to cover the costs of the event and to provide support for women in need. Click here to find out more about sponsor benefits.
Meet the Author Reception & Buffet: A meet and greet with Jessica Valenti author of The Purity Myth and Full Frontal Feminism at Santa Fe's award-winning East African restuarant, Jambo Cafe from 3-5 pm. Tickets: $100 per person includes a meet and greet with Jessica, a buffet of delicious bites from Jambo, beer & wine, and entry into a Conversation with Jessica and Screening of The Purity Myth at the Santa Fe Women's Club at 7 pm.
A Conversation with Jessica Valenti: Sexuality, Feminism & Activism: How we can battle back against the '"war on women" and a screening of "The Purity Myth" from 7-9 pm at The Woman's Club in Santa Fe. Tickets: $15 per person
Donate Directly to the Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund. Please give, even if you cannot make the event. The Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund provides vital support to women seeking legal and safe abortions.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE DIRECTLY
This is a great image from our Roe Vs. Wade Day at the Santa Fe Capitol Bldg. in January!
From: Feminist News, June 29, 2012
A Federal court ruled on Monday that Baltimore and Montgomery County, Maryland, cannot require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs indicating what types of services they provide. In a 2-1 vote, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision that the requirement was unconstitutional. Baltimore and Montgomery County had required that the signs must state whether the CPCs provide abortion and contraceptive services, as well as maternity and prenatal care, infant supplies, and adoption services.
In the majority opinion, Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote, "To be sure, Montgomery County is entitled to believe that pregnancy is first and foremost a medical condition, but it may not compel unwilling speakers to express that view." A spokesman for Baltimore city defended the struck-down law, saying, "The law itself would not have been necessary if there were not serious and compelling evidence and testimony that the centers provided false and misleading medical information to vulnerable women."
Baltimore, Montgomery Country, and Austin, Texas were the first three localities in the United States to pass Truth in Advertising legislation. In July 2011, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill that would regulate the misleading advertising practices of CPCs nationwide.
Currently, there are an estimated 3,500 CPCs nationwide, most of which are affiliated with one or more national umbrella organizations. CPCs pose as legitimate health centers and offer "free" pregnancy tests. Some CPCs coerce and intimidate women out of considering abortion as an option, and prevent women from receiving neutral and comprehensive medical advice. These clinics are typically run by anti-abortion volunteers who are not licensed medical professionals.
Media Resources: Washington Post 6/28/12; Bloomberg News 6/27/12; Baltimore Sun 6/27/12; AP 6/27/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/26/12