By Vince Torres
As the states and nation prepare for the 2020 Election, national abortion groups are ramping up their election efforts, and New Mexico is in their crosshairs. Following the historic defeat of radical abortion legislation during the 2019 Legislative Session, these groups have made it clear that electing pro-abortion majorities in the New Mexico Senate and House is a top priority. At the same time, they are also working to support pro-abortion candidates in our federal races in hopes of keeping New Mexico’s Congressional delegation 100% pro-abortion.
Who are these groups?
Meet Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortion in the country. According to their annual report, they conducted almost 333,000 abortions during the 2018 fiscal year. Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood announced its plans to spend $45 million for the 2020 election. The organization’s local political arm, Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico, will likely announce its endorsements next year and they will invest heavily in those races.
Meet NARAL. NARAL Pro-Choice America is the oldest pro-abortion advocacy group in the country. Founded in 1969, NARAL’s lobbying efforts include strong advocacy for unrestricted, elective abortion up to the moment of birth. Meanwhile, the group strongly opposes common-sense policies supported by most Americans, including legislation to protect babies who survive botched abortions. In September, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke at NARAL’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. During her remarks, the Governor said she was “ashamed” and “disgusted” that pro-life Democrats had joined together with Republicans to defeat the radical abortion bill, House Bill 51. NARAL endorsed the Governor in 2018 and they have already engaged in the 2020 Election with formal endorsements of Democratic Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (2nd Congressional District) and Teresa Leger Fernandez (Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District).
Meet Emily’s List. Emily’s List is a national pro-abortion organization with a self-proclaimed mission to elect pro-abortion women to office. Like NARAL, Emily’s List has already engaged in the 2020 Election by endorsing Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, and 11 incumbent New Mexico State Senators and Representatives—Senators Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (D-Albuquerque) and Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D-Cerrillos); and Representatives Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque), Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe), Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque), Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque).
Why are we sharing this information? Because as you research the candidates running for office, it is often difficult to find out where they stand on the issue of “life.” Few candidates actually advertise their support for abortion up to the moment of birth, or their opposition to parents being notified when their minor child tries to obtain an abortion. Most candidates do, however, share their endorsements and we want you to know that an endorsement from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, or Emily’s List means one thing—the candidate is radically pro-abortion.
In the coming months, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® and our local allies will be working hard to keep you informed on the “life” issue and where the candidates stand on abortion. We cannot allow these radical, national abortion groups to hijack our state, and without our engagement, that is exactly what will happen.
Together, let’s PRAY for life.
Together, let’s SPEAK UP for life.
Together, let’s ACT for life.
And come 2020, together, let’s VOTE for life.
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico
By Vince Torres, Executive Director
Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton in Washington D.C. at NARAL’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. NARAL is a national, radical pro-abortion group that advocates for abortion up-to-birth while opposing protections for babies born alive after botched abortions.
The Governor’s presence and participation at the event was not a surprise. During her gubernatorial campaign last year, Governor Lujan Grisham received hefty contributions from the abortion industry and NARAL provided a formal endorsement.
What was surprising, however, was the Governor’s ironic and misguided characterization of NARAL’s work. On the eve of the event, the Governor took to Twitter to praise NARAL for their “defense…of human rights.”
Will all due respect, Governor—killing babies is not “human rights” work.
Killing babies is a human rights violation.
Even after experiencing the most significant setback in her political agenda so far—the defeat of the radical abortion bill, HB51—it is clear that Governor Lujan Grisham remains out of step with the majority of New Mexicans on the issue of life. In fact, recent polling suggests that she is even out of step with a majority of self-proclaimed “pro-choice” Americans.
Consider these statistics from a February 2019 poll:
- 68% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion the day before a child is born;
- 66% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester; and
- 77% of pro-choice Americans oppose removing medical care for a viable child.
How does New Mexico fit in to these numbers? Well…
- New Mexico allows abortion up to the moment of birth;
- New Mexico allows unrestricted abortion in the third trimester;
- New Mexico does not require medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions; and
- As uncovered by our friends at New Mexico Alliance for Life, aborted baby parts were harvested for years at one of our state’s major universities (UNM).
As so eloquently stated by Mother Teresa, “Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”
If Governor Lujan Grisham wants to work on “human rights,” perhaps she should begin by addressing the egregious human rights violations taking place right here at home, on our most vulnerable population—the preborn children of New Mexico.