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Albuquerque, February 15—Today, a progressive group of faith leaders, including The New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Catholics for Choice, gathered at the Santa Fe Roundhouse to showcase an open letter declaring their support of abortion. The gathering follows a heated debate this Legislative Session over anti-life bills such as HB 7.

Robert Tso, pastor of Victory Life Church in Shiprock, New Mexico, and RPNM Executive Committee member, issued the following statement:

“More than ever, faith leaders need to speak up for life and confront progressive politics that seek to compromise God’s word. We should lead young women to the grace and love of Jesus Christ, not the abortion clinic. Our Christian faith does not stand for the murder of innocent life and as faith leaders, we must ‘let our yes be yes, and our no be no’ without compromise on this matter (Matthew 5:37). Scripture says, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,’ affirming every unborn life has value and purpose (Jeremiah 1:5). Let us continue to pray for the end of abortion and for a state that honors the sanctity of life.”

The Republican Party of New Mexico strongly opposes anti-life bills like HB 7 and other legislation pushed by progressive Democrats that will solidify New Mexico as the nation’s abortion capital.

  • Control Women's bodies says:

    People have a right to their own body. Full Stop.

    • JT Goldberg says:

      Except when it comes to COVID vaccines, eh?
      Does the unborn child have a right to his or her own body?

      • Control Women's Bodies says:

        JT Goldberg,

        Yes, except for when we used the force of government to prevent people from getting the covid vaccine, oh wait we didn’t do that and your comparison is dump.

        JT ” Does the unborn child have a right to……?” Philosophers can debate if the virtual person has rights but we know the living breathing mothers are people now and have rights.

  • JH Cole says:

    Very strange. A political party trying to escape irrelevancy put out this extremist prayer aimed only at the MAGA base. That base is shrinking, but GOP chair Pearce, VC Barela and director Skaggs don’t seem to have the nerve to appeal to independents and moderates. The Party needs new leaders.

    The bill promotes freedom and choice; it protects New Mexicans from big government. Many of the same extremists who want to control women’s health want to dictate their faith to everyone, ignoring the constitutional guarantee of freedom FROM as well as freedom of religion.

    Keep religion at home and in church and out of my business.

    • JT Goldberg says:

      JH –
      NM is one of the few states that presently allows abortion up to the point of birth. Wouldn’t you agree that at some point the unborn child deserves some protection? Unfortunately, human history is full of examples of how the voiceless were victimized because they were deemed less than human (e.g., slaves in the U.S. before the 13th Amendment, and in Nazi Germany the Jews, the disabled, and political enemies).
      No governmental law prevents a woman from exercising choice when deciding to engage in intercourse, or choice to use or require contraceptives to avoid conception. Exercising rights often brings with it certain results and obligations. True, a very small number of woman are forced into the situation but, thankfully, the number of such incidents is not large and the number of such incidents that result in pregnancy is much smaller, and laws can be made to address those relatively limited instances.
      Many folks who assert the “freedom from religion” argument have not actually read the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution or the New Mexico Constitution. The former, as to religious freedom, provides:
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

      The NM Constitution provides that everyone …
      “shall be free to worship God according to the dictates of his
      own conscience, and no person shall ever be molested or denied any civil or political right or privilege on account of his religious opinion or mode of religious worship. No person shall be required to attend any place of worship or support any religious sect or denomination; nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.”

      • JT Garbage says:

        JT Garbage,

        Listen JT, you are clearly a moron so why don’t you leave medical dissensions to the medical professionals and patents?

        Do you really think that women are waiting until the last minute and then deciding to get an abortion? Even if you believed that bs do you think that situation is helped by making it harder to get an earlier abortion?

        In virtually all cases late term abortions are the result of a medical emergency. These are women that wanted their babies and something went wrong and self righteous morons want to put them out as murders?

  • Careful what you pray for says:

    I want to clue RPNM in on something, it is not 1990 any more. Transphobia, Homophobia, and antichoice positions are now very unpopular with the public.

    The religious right got their victory in overturning Roe V. Wade just 40 years to late to be of political benefit to the GOP. Now the GOP is married to the consequences of overturning Roe which are deeply unpopular. And to make matters worse religious zealots got their pay off and now have less interest in backing the other nonsense of the far right.

    Good job guys, you caught that car.

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