Faithful Voice for Choice, Autumn 2016

Moving Forward…The Power of Love – RCRC Statement on the Election Results

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The outcomes of this election are at odds with our deepest-held values and faith traditions:

loving our neighbors, serving our communities and protecting our families. The election results will have a direct and devastating impact on all communities on the margins, including women and girls, immigrants, people of color and the poor.

In the words of Rev. William Barber, our task in this election was to “shock this nation with the

power of love. We must shock this nation with the power of mercy. We must shock this nation and fight for justice for all. We can’t give up on the heart of our democracy, not now, not ever!”

No matter how strong our opposition, RCRC will never give up on our faithful commitment to reproductive health, rights, choice and justice. Starting today, there is even more work to be done to stop the religious and political right in t

heir quest to seize the moral ground on our issues. Our prophetic voice will be needed now more than ever. While we take this moment to grieve, pray and express our outrage, we must quickly channel our energies back into building a faithful movement for reproductive health, rights, choice and justice.

Here in New Mexico, love triumphed over hate, as we elected local progressive candidates who support access to abortion. People of color, working families, youth, immigrants, and those who live in rural or reservation communities, will be looking to New Mexico as a place of safety for accessing reproductive health care. They will have no other option but to travel from their home and families to New Mexico. In spite of our win at the Supreme Court in June of 2016, the number of women seeking services in New Mexico is anticipated to be larger than ever.

For these families, seeking reproductive health services has become a difficult, costly and confusing time. All of a family’s financial resources are often exhausted.  The NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, through our partnership with the National Network of Abortion Funds, is able to directly help women in need. Our donors and volunteers support women and their families through this challenging process with transportation, lodging and meals.

But we cannot do this without your faithful support. If you’ve already made a donation recently, please consider joining our monthly donor program. And if you are one of our very special monthly donors, please think about increasing your monthly gift. The next year is going to be a difficult one, we’re counting on your support.

What our Movement Partners are Saying

National Network of Abortion Funds:
Our hearts are broken, We will resist.

We always knew racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, an

d other forms of hate were on the ballot. The destructive nature of this cultural and political moment is undeniable and heart-breaking. As we grieve and analyze this tragedy, we are steadfast in our commitment to our values: radical compassion, the human right to bodily autonomy, dismantling white supremacy and its interconnecting oppressions, and building collective power. (more@abortionfunds.org)

Strong Families/Forward Together:
An open letter to our nation from 100 women of color leaders.

This morning, we come together to declare our resolve. Many of us are holding our babies, families, and loved ones close. We stand here today,determined After an election rife with the politics of division and hate, today we open a new chapter in our country’s long, difficult journey towards the promise of liberty and justice for all. (more@ our100.org)

Raising Women’s Voices.
 Raising Our Voices in difficult times.

At Raising Women’s Voices, we know that after we recover and regroup, we must redouble our efforts. We must speak effectively and powerfully for the health care needs of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income people and all those who are likely to be even more marginalized come 2017. (more@raisingwomensvoices.net)

 

About Joan Lamunyon Sanford

Executive Director of the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
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