Respect ABQ Women!

If you live in New Mexico you’ve probably heard about the 20-week abortion ban ballot measure that will likely be on an Albuquerque ballot this fall. Respect ABQ Women is a group of local organizations that are standing up to help defeat the ballot measure.

The effort to put the 20-week abortion ban on a ballot was fueled by a coalition between an out-of-state extremist group Operation Rescue and local group Defending Life. Some members of Operation Rescue are tied to violent crimes against abortion clinics and providers. Operation Rescue members include current policy director Cheryl Sullenger, a convicted abortion clinic bomber and Scott Roeder, the man who assassinated Dr. George Tiller in 2009.

According to KOB EyeWitness News 4

“The city clerk verified that anti-abortion protestors collected enough valid signatures–a little more than 12,000–on a petition that prevent women from having an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy…

Amy Bailey, Albuquerque’s city clerk, said city council members have two weeks to vote on the legislation as written, or they could turn it over to voters.

‘If Council does anything other than approve it as written, it will go to a special election,’ Bailey said.

She said a special election could cost roughly $600,000.”

Self Serve’s beliefs on abortion fall in line with those of Respect ABQ Women.

Every pregnancy is different and making a decision to end a pregnancy is deeply personal and often complex for a woman and her family. We are not in her shoes and should not be making these decisions for her. Respecting New Mexico families means respecting the real life decisions women face every day.

Here are ways you can help support and respect ABQ women:

Thank you for your efforts in supporting and respecting ABQ women to make the choice that is best for them.