The abortion activists are at it again at the Roundhouse! But together, we’ve defeated them before – and your help is needed again!

Here’s what they’re up to this time. Their new abortion-up-to-birth bill (SB 10) would remove state conscience protections for doctors and health care providers. That means a doctor or medical institution would not be protected under state law if they respectfully decline to perform abortions. Doctors could be fired and hospitals closed for following their conscience.

SB 10 would also remove protections for women. Currently, New Mexico law requires that an abortion is only performed upon a consenting woman. If New Mexico abortion law is repealed, women would no longer be legally protected, and abortionists wouldn’t have to ensure a patient was receiving a voluntary procedure. If New Mexico lawmakers really cared about women’s health, they would ensure women receiving abortions were entitled to the same standards of care as any other health procedure. Consent is non-negotiable.

SB 10 would also further endanger women by removing all legal definitions and boundaries as to what constitutes an “illegal abortion.” If New Mexico abortion statutes are repealed, it would no longer be clear whether an individual performing an abortion without a license is a criminal act.

Lawmakers must first pass laws protecting women and doctors before repealing an entire section of the code. Women and doctors deserve better!

Here’s what you can do: Send a message to your state senator. It’s simple and quick, and our Action Center will find your state senator based on your address.

And, of course, please pray, as the abortion activists are aggressively pushing this bill. Pro-life senators are specifically asking for 15 minutes of prayer starting 2 p.m. on Monday.

Thank you for taking action and spreading the word!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

 

 

Unleash Your Citizenship.

Join us for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

New Mexico’s 55th legislative session will be novel in some ways and familiar in others. The legislature has limited in-person public testimony at the Capitol due to ongoing health concerns, planning to conduct hearings via video conferencing. Though, many of our legislative priorities will be very familiar.

Assisted Suicide
Once again, physician-assisted suicide is on the table, filed as HB 47—The Elizabeth Whitfield End-of-Life-Options Act. It is currently in the House Committee on Health, & Human Services and is expected to have a hearing soon.

HB 47 would legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico by allowing patients to obtain lethal drugs from medical professionals who do not even have to be doctors – this is essentially Non-Physician assisted suicide. This legislation would also enable the same non-physicians to determine the mental capacity of patients requesting lethal drugs. It would take the extra step of forcing doctors and medical professionals to violate their conscience by mandating that they refer patients for assisted suicide when requested, regardless of the patient’s mental or medical condition.

HB 47 lacks many safeguards found in other states that protect patients from dangerous abuse and coercion from predatory family members and profit-driven insurance companies, putting the disabled and the elderly at particular risk.

Abortion
Although it has not yet been introduced, we expect another substantial effort to repeal abortion statute protections for women and doctors. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has reiterated her commitment to supporting legislative efforts to remove all abortion-related laws from New Mexico statutes, including those that provide doctors’ conscience protections and require a woman’s consent before having an abortion.

Marijuana
Lawmakers will likely introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, again with support from the Governor’s office (a proposal 63% of New Mexicans opposed just a year ago). Supporters claim legalization will bring in tax revenue but dismiss the heavy cost legalization would have on our communities, particularly our children and communities of color, not to mention the health and safety risks that have become realities in other states which have legalized recreational marijuana.

Despite these radical efforts, we are proud we have strong allies in our state capitol we can stand alongside and support—Elected officials who are committed to representing your values.

Please join us in supporting these legislators by praying that God may bless their efforts and ensure our voices are heard.

With your support we will remain vigilant in standing for life, family and religious freedom and keep you updated on the movement of legislation and how you can get involved.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Curry
Policy Manager

 

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” -Psalm 107:29

One thing I think all of us can agree on is that we’ve experienced a lot of change over the past year, to say the least. We’ve been rocked and rolled in constant storms and some of us may have even experienced times when we thought we weren’t going to make it. (Though, I’m glad you did). After this year, I can certainly say my perspective has changed a lot, but for the better. Perhaps you view some things differently, as well.

I hope at least once this year you got to have God speak to the storm in your defense. Stilling it to a whisper, hushing the waves, and bringing you calmly into the harbor. The verse above is a beautiful image that represents the perfect outcome for anyone navigating through a storm, and it’s my prayer for New Mexico families sailing into 2021.

Yet, the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico’s ship has a political mission, and because of that, we anticipate we’ll be in rough seas for a few years to come. Yet, we’ve learned great lessons from Jesus’ disciples, who were in a storm so fierce that they roused Jesus from his sleep in a panic  believing they were going to drown. In that moment, these disciples forgot who they were, where they were going, and even their mission. (Mark 4:35-41)

But as Daniel 11:32 reminds us,  “but the people who know their God will stand firm and will take action.”

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we’ve learned that a boat with Jesus at the helm isn’t sinking. It is our job to stand firm and take action. God will do the rest.

We may have our political work cut out for us, but we know whose we are. We are the people of God. That means the enemy has no power over us and that’s why we do not go forward in fear.

We know where we’re going. Forward, into battle, to continue to be the voice in the Land of Enchantment for the right of every New Mexican to live according to their faith.

We know our mission. To stand for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom thrives, and life is cherished.

As the new year begins in full force, many of you know Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico is experiencing a change in leadership. Vince Torres, our former Executive Director, is moving on to his next God-called field of harvest and joining the staff of the New Mexico Senate Minority Office. We extend our heartfelt encouragement to Vince and his family, knowing he’ll continue to lead in the storm with a steady hand and faithful heart.

Because of Vince’s fortitude and strength as our former leader, augmented by your embrace of support, this organization has never been in a stronger position, nor more prepared to fight against a radical and dangerous anti-life agenda coming this session.

We continue to look for the next captain of this ship, but until then it is my privilege and honor to continue Vince’s work of representing your voice in the legislature and serving your policy needs.

Thank you for having me onboard!

God guide you and keep you,

Stephanie Curry
Policy Manager

 

 

In the coming weeks, Family Policy Alliance will communicate details regarding our search for the next leader of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. In the meantime, interested candidates may send their resumes to careers@familypolicyalliance.com.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Friends—

In 2017, I helped launch Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® to advance pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom values in the Land of Enchantment. Fast forward just three years, and by the grace of God, this ministry we built together is growing and thriving.

In any healthy organization, change is inevitable, and moving forward, the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico team will be changing.

After much prayer and consultation with close family and friends, I have accepted a new position with the New Mexico Senate Minority Office. Given my affinity for this ministry and passion for our work, this was an extremely difficult decision to make. However, I am proud to be leaving this organization in good shape and in good hands, which gives me great hope and positive expectations for the future of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico.

While a search commences for my local replacement, our Policy Manager, Stephanie Curry, will be leading Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico’s policy work as the legislature returns to session. Stephanie is a licensed attorney and works out of the national Family Policy Alliance office in Colorado Springs. Since our inception, she has provided us with vital legal and legislative analysis, and also previously served as our registered lobbyist. Stephanie is one of the most brilliant individuals I have ever worked with, and I know she will serve our state extremely well.

During this transition, the national Family Policy Alliance team, led by its new CEO, Craig DeRoche, will continue to provide back-office and strategic support services for New Mexico. This will ensure that our financial records are properly maintained, that our donations are processed accordingly, and that our New Mexico leaders and allied organizations have access to policy support and mobilization tools.

It has been my honor to serve as your Executive Director and I would humbly ask you to continue to support Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico with your finances and through your prayers.

On behalf of my family, I thank you again for this amazing opportunity. May we never waiver in our effort to turn the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico vision into reality, for a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

God bless you,

Vince Torres

 

In the coming weeks, Family Policy Alliance will communicate details regarding the search for the next leader in New Mexico. In the meantime, interested candidates may send their resumes to careers@familypolicyalliance.com.

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:12-14

 

Dear Friends—

On behalf of the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico team and my family, I want to thank you for your faithful prayers and generous support of our ministry.

Over the past several days, I have taken time to reflect on all we accomplished together this year. Though we faced some unprecedented challenges along the way, we witnessed the provision and presence of the Lord and ultimately emerged as a stronger organization. For these reasons, I will look back on 2020 as a bittersweet year, fraught with both perpetual trials and newfound opportunities.

As we prepare for a new year, the work of Family Policy Alliance® will be more vital than ever before. Like 2020, 2021 will bring obstacles that seem immovable. And yet, if there is one thing we have learned over the years, it is that God can still use a faithful minority to move mountains.

In just over three years, we have grown from a small startup to a healthy organization with broad, bipartisan support throughout the state. Our lobbying work has been extremely effective, and our mobilization efforts have resulted in tens of thousands of emails, phone calls, and letters to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Meanwhile, thanks to your year-end generosity, we are now on track to have the best fundraising year to date.

All this to say, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico is healthy, growing, and thriving, and I am convinced more than ever that its best days lie ahead.

On that note, I will be sending an important message next week about the future of the ministry and its leadership. Until then, please again accept my deepest gratitude for your support this year, and best wishes to you and your family for a joyful and prosperous 2021.

Sincerely,

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

 

P.S. Our $25,000 year-end challenge grant ENDS TONIGHT! Every dollar given before midnight will be matched, so please consider DOUBLING your impact by sending a tax-deductible gift of $50, $100, $250, or $500 TODAY before the deadline passes!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2020

Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico ‬
Applauds Defeat of Recreational Marijuana

SANTA FE — On Wednesday, legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico was defeated in a Senate committee with bipartisan opposition. Senate Bill 115 was one of Governor Michelle Lujan Graham’s top priorities during the current Legislative Session. However, following strong opposition from law enforcement, the business community, and the faith community, the bill was tabled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.‬‬

Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Democratic and Republican legislators in the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted to defeat this legislation. As we have said before, marijuana commercialization in New Mexico would be the worst possible option at the worst possible time. With today’s vote, our lawmakers sent the message that they are dedicated to creating a healthy and safe environment and standing against expanded drug use. Expanding the second coming of Big Tobacco into our communities would accomplish nothing its proponents claimed, while unleashing a multitude of harms. Today is a great day for New Mexico.”

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For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2020

 

 

New Study Finds Marijuana-Related Traffic Fatalities Doubled in Washington State after Legalization

 SANTA FE — Today, a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that the percentage of fatal crashes involving marijuana-impaired drivers more than doubled in Washington since the state legalized marijuana in 2012. The New Mexico Legislature is currently considering legislation that would make New Mexico the 12th state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana.

“Marijuana-impaired driving fatalities are on the rise in states across the nation, and given New Mexico’s existing DUI problem, the Governor and the Legislature must take note,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “This study further confirms what we already know—recreational marijuana poses a serious threat to public safety in New Mexico and we should reject the rush to legalize.”

According to the AAA study, the percentage of drivers involved in marijuana-impaired traffic fatalities increased from 8.8 percent (in the five-year period prior to legalization), to 18 percent (in the five-year period after legalization). In Colorado, meanwhile, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 151 percent following legalization.

“The drugged-driving trend is alarming, to say the least,” added Torres. “While a handful of states are now facing the unintended consequence of recreational pot, we are still in a position to reject this proposal and keep New Mexico from becoming another negative statistic.”

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

 

 

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2020

 

New Mexicans to Gather for Annual “Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day” March and Rally

 SANTA FE — Today, pro-life New Mexicans from across the state will gather in Santa Fe for the annual “Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day” March and Rally. The event is one of the state’s largest pro-life gatherings each year, bringing Christians from all denominations together for a day of unity and prayer.

“We are honored to again be partnering with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for this important event,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “Last year, as Christians, we successfully lobbied to defeat the radical abortion bill, House Bill 51, and dangerous assisted suicide legislation. That was just a first step, however. We must now actively engage and promote legislation that values life and protects the most vulnerable among us, including the elderly, the ill, and the pre-born children of New Mexico.”

An evangelical prayer and worship service will take place at the Capitol Rotunda at 10:30 a.m., followed by a lunch for pastors and legislators. A noontime Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Santa Fe, and at 1:15 p.m., all attendees will gather at the Cathedral for the Life March and Rally at the Capitol. For more information, please visit newmexicansforlife.com.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020

New Poll Finds Large Majority of New Mexico Voters Do Not Support Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

 SANTA FE — Today, a poll conducted by Emerson College and released by Smart Approaches to Marijuana found that a large majority of New Mexico voters do not support the full legalization of recreational marijuana. According to the poll:

‪“New Mexico voters recognize that our state is already facing major challenges related to homelessness, crime, drug use, poverty, and mental health,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they largely oppose recreational pot which is known to further aggravate these issues.”

The results of the poll counter recent reports from the Governor’s Legalization Working Group suggesting that three out of four New Mexicans support full legalization. Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico formally requested the Working Group’s poll through a public records request. The Governor’s Office and the Group’s Chairman, however, refused to release the documents.

“From the very beginning, the Governor’s Working Group was so set on developing a proposal that would appease the pot industry, that they neglected the data and statistics from other states demonstrating the negative impacts of recreational marijuana on public health and safety,” Torres added. “This poll proves that when New Mexicans are made aware of these harms, they oppose legalization. In the coming weeks, we will be working hard to make sure that citizens and lawmakers know the facts about recreational pot and the efforts by ‘Big Marijuana’ to conceal the truth.”

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Vince Torres, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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 Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico (FPANM) is a nonpartisan public policy organization. FPANM works with local and national allies to encourage civic engagement and promote public policies that protect human life, strengthen families, and preserve our First Amendment rights. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com.