NM RCRC Autumn Newsletter 2014

Rev. Harry Knox, RCRC President and CEO Visits New Mexico RCRC!

This has been a truly inspiring week.

I have been in New Mexico sharing your gratitude with reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders. I’ve met the staffs of Southwestern Women’s Options, the University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health, faith leaders in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and our amazing coalition partners who worked to defeat a local referendum banning abortions in Albuquerque after 20 weeks with no exceptions.

Our friends at the NM RCRC have also been heavily promoting the “It’s Time” campaign, encouraging people of faith to talk about religion, abortion, sexuality, and justice. Here’s the link to find out more about the It’s Time campaign .

The potluck with clinic escorts and folks who open their homes to women who would otherwise have to pay for hotel rooms when seeking treatment will undoubtedly be a highlight of my year. It left my soul singing. Many thanks to NM RCRC for their amazing work and for terrific NM hospitality! The official state question is “Red or green?” I’ve learned that I’m a green chile guy.

This week also marked the sad anniversary of the adoption of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents any federal tax dollars from going to pay for abortion. On our blog, the Rev. Angela Herrera, associate minister of First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico and advisory council for New Mexico RCRC writes:

“Through the Medicaid ban, Hyde targets women and girls of color, especially Black and Latina women, who are disproportionately affected by poverty. Studies have shown that out of every four women who are denied abortion coverage, at least one is forced to give birth. Hyde is an old, bad, racist piece of legislation and it is time for it to go.”

Amen and amen!

This was truly one of those weeks where my heart is truly filled with hope. We couldn’t do this work without you. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which enables us to continue raising a faith voice for justice.

It’s Time! …To Talk About Religion and Abortion, Contraception and Sexuality!

At the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, we believe that it’s time to have a different conversation about the intersections of religion, abortion, sexuality, and justice, and we’re calling on religious leaders, people of faith, and other folks who believe that we must change the conversation to join us.

The It’s Time Campaign is a recognition and call to action to empower individuals, families and communities to speak up and take action when religion is being used as a tool of judgment and shame and create space for a more honest, thoughtful and mutually respectful dialogue on matters related to religion, abortion, sexuality, and justice.

But where do you start?

The first thing to do is to sign the It’s Time Pledge, and join us in changing the conversation.

If you’re clergy or other religious leader, ask us for our Sermon Guide,

which gives you ideas on how to be strong voice for reproductive justice.

Additionally, our section on prayers on numerous topics is a great resource for anyone.

If you have had an abortion, consider telling your story. Telling stories about abortion is key to shifting our culture from judgment to empathy, and from shame to compassion. RCRC has partnered with the 1 in 3 Campaign to give women an opportunity to share their stories – because the more stories we tell, the more the stereotypes about the kind of women who get an abortion crumble.

About Joan Lamunyon Sanford

Executive Director of the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
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