Unleash Your Citizenship.

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

“…and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” –Deuteronomy 16:18

Dear Friends—

On Friday, September 19, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away following complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87. Upon learning of her passing, President Donald Trump said of Justice Ginsburg, “She was an amazing woman” who “led an amazing life.”

The passing of Justice Ginsburg further enflamed what was already an extremely heated election season. Democratic leaders immediately called for a delay in the nomination process until after the election. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, however, have stated their intent to commence the confirmation process immediately upon the President’s nomination.

Earlier this week, President Trump indicated that he will announce his Supreme Court Nominee this Saturday at the White House, and according to multiple sources, there are three women at the top of his shortlist.

Meet Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated top of her class at Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Barrett is a devout Catholic and a married mother of seven children (2 adopted).

Meet Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa. Judge Lagoa currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and prior to joining the federal bench, she was the first Hispanic woman to sit on the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Lagoa is a devout Catholic and the married mother of three children.

Meet Judge Allison Jones Rushing. Judge Rushing sits on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Judge Rushing is also a devout Catholic and the married mother of one child. At age 38, she would be the youngest confirmed Justice since the early 1800s.

For those committed to the pro-life cause, this nomination represents perhaps the most significant moment in our history since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Some legal scholars suggest that one more conservative Supreme Court Justice may finally pave the way for the Court to overturn Roe (without relying on Chief Justice John Roberts), and thus, overturn one of the gravest human injustices in American history.

Will one of these women be the next Supreme Court Justice? Will one of these women be the vote needed to protect future generations of unborn babies in the womb?

All eyes will be on the White House this Saturday and on the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks.

During this time, I ask you to join me in prayer for our Nation; for our President and members of the U.S. Senate; for these potential nominees and others; and for the upcoming election. While some may use this time to further promote fear and chaos, let us sow hope and faith – knowing that God Almighty is in control, and that we can rest because He never does.

Prayerfully,


Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

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.”

###

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.

###

 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.

###

 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.

###

 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.  

 

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” –Proverbs 29:2

Dear Friends—

On Sunday, September 20 and Sunday, October 4, churches across New Mexico and America will unite for Voter Registration Sunday.

Is your church one of them?

Our country has a crisis of low voter turnout and Christian voter turnout is no exception to this. It is estimated that over 25 million Christians did not vote in the 2016 election, and an estimated 15 million Christians are not even registered to vote.

While there is no verse in the Bible which states, “thou shall vote,” God’s Word does challenge us as followers of Christ to influence our communities for our own good and, more important, for the good of others (Jeremiah 29:7; Galatians 6:10). We can do that in part by voting – not principally as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents – but as Christians.

Voting is one of our greatest rights as citizens of the United States and it is also our responsibility as Christians. As good stewards of God’s blessings, Dr. Wayne Grudem writes that “every Christian citizen who lives in a democracy has at the very least a minimal obligation to be well-informed and to vote for candidates and policies that are most consistent with biblical principles.”

This November, we have the opportunity to elect leaders — from the White House in D.C., to the State House in Santa Fe — who will determine our future on several critical issues including protecting babies in the womb, preserving our First Amendment rights, strengthening the family, and extending care and compassion to those in need.

Step one in this effort is voter registration and we hope you and your church will join us.

Here is what you can do!

  1. Share this information with your pastor and/or church leaders.
  2. Save the dates – Sunday September 20 and Sunday, October 4 – or select some other date that works for your church. Some churches choose to have voter registration available for multiples Sundays and services leading up to the election. (Please note, the deadline in New Mexico to register online to vote is October 6.)
  3. Visit our voter registration webpage to make sure you are registered to vote, then share the link with friends and family members.
  4. Download this short, accessible guide for hosting a voter registration at your church. The guide includes printable postcards and posters with a QR code that individuals can scan to start the voter registration process.
  5.  Host your Voter Registration Sunday!

Thank you for joining us in this effort as we seek the welfare of our nation and love our neighbors through civic engagement.

Sincerely,

Pastor Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

P.S. If you are not yet registered to vote, simply scan the QR code below using your phone’s camera to get started!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2019

 

Pro-Life Coalition Launches Statewide Petition Opposing Radical Abortion Legislation in 2020

Calls on Governor and Legislature to End Abortion Up-to-Birth and Infanticide

 ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, and New Mexico Alliance for Life launched a statewide petition urging Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Legislature to “protect and uphold the dignity of all people by promoting the sanctity and prosperity of all human life, through all stages of development.” Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans oppose abortion after 5 months, Governor Lujan Grisham and the sponsors of the defeated bill, House Bill 51, have vowed to bring the legislation back during the January 2020 budget session.

“House Bill 51 exposed the dark realities of abortion in New Mexico, including abortion up-to-birth and infanticide,” said Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “The abortion industry will once again be pushing this legislation in 2020 and this petition is just the first step in our efforts to thwart their radical abortion agenda.”

During the 2019 Legislative Session, Democrats and Republicans in the New Mexico Senate soundly defeated House Bill 51 which would have codified abortion up to the moment of birth in state law. The petition calls on the Governor and the Legislature to again reject this legislation and work to address the concerns of most New Mexicans.

“Earlier this year, the people of New Mexico rose up and demanded that they be heard,” said Ethel Maharg, Executive Director of Right to Life Committee of New Mexico. “In an unprecedented manner, they showed up in the thousands at the State Capitol and lobbied their elected officials to vote for life. As we prepare for the 2020 Legislative Session, we are again calling on all pro-life New Mexicans to speak out by first adding their name to this important petition.”

“The vast majority of New Mexicans rejected the radical abortion up-to-birth and infanticide aspects of House Bill 51, in addition to the removal of conscience protections for our state’s health care professionals that would have forced them to participate in abortions,” said Elisa Martinez, Executive Director of New Mexico Alliance for Life. “Governor Lujan Grisham can try to strong arm legislators for next year’s session, but the people of New Mexico are ready now more than ever to fight back.”

The pro-life petition is available at newmexicansforlife.com.

###

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

Family Policy of New Mexico works to advance citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com/newmexico/about-us.

SANTA FE –Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, along with a unique and unlikely coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), D.C.-based The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups who have children or loved ones struggling with gender confusion, have released the first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children.


The Guide is endorsed by medical professionals—including those who are experts in gender dysphoria, individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.


Statement from Vince Torres, President of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico
supporting the Gender Resource Guide:


“At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are working hard to preserve parental rights and protect children from the dangers of the transgender trend. As such, we are proud to partner with these liberal and conservative groups, and medical experts to make this complimentary resource available to New Mexico parents. The ‘Parent Resource Guide’ will help you understand the transgender trend and its consequences, and provide you with information on how you can communicate with school leaders, advocate for common sense policies, and act with compassion and understanding. I encourage every parent to download and share this valuable resource with others.”


With powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards and school administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn.

 

The Gender Resource Guide is available for download at GenderResourceGuide.com.

###


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

 

Family Policy of New Mexico works to advance citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com/newmexico/about-us.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2019

 

Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico

Applauds Defeat of Radical Abortion Bill, HB 51

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Senate defeated the controversial pro-abortion bill, House Bill 51, on an 18-24 vote. The opposition to House Bill 51 was bipartisan, as six Democrats joined the 16 Republican Senators in casting their votes against the bill.

 

“We applaud the thousands of New Mexicans and the bipartisan majority of New Mexico Senators who worked to defeat this radical abortion bill,” said Stephanie Curry, Public Policy Manager of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “House Bill 51 exposed the dark reality of abortion in New Mexico, including elective abortion up-to-birth. New Mexicans across the state responded by contacting their legislators through phone calls, emails, and office visits, and today, these 24 Senators responded to the wishes of their constituents. The fight is not over, however, and we encourage the pro-life community to continue to join with us as we fight for the unborn children of New Mexico.”

 

###

 

Family Policy of New Mexico works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life. More information is available at familypolicyalliance.com/newmexico/about-us.