Where we come from...
In 2013, a group of women, families, and allied organizations came together as Respect ABQ Women after a group of abortion opponents forced the city of Albuquerque to vote on a ballot measure that would have banned abortion citywide after 20 weeks. Never before had anti-abortion groups attempted to ban abortion on the municipal level, and the eyes of the country were on Albuquerque.
Respect ABQ Women united around the idea that deeply personal decisions about abortion belong between a woman, her family, and her medical provider—no one else. The government, politicians, and other outsiders have no business in these decisions. Rooted in respect for women and families, Respect ABQ Women launched a campaign that engaged communities from all around the city, recruited hundreds of volunteers, organized faith leaders, and built support among local medical professionals.
On November 19, 2013, Albuquerque voters overwhelmingly rejected the ballot measure, sending a clear message to anti-abortion groups that their interference is not welcome in Albuquerque.
Today, we see these same anti-abortion groups trying to push their extreme agenda at the state level, harassing and intimidating women and medical professionals at clinics, and doing everything they can to make it harder for a woman to access a safe and legal abortion in New Mexico. We didn't stand for it in Albuquerque, and we won't stand for it anywhere in our state.
We are Respect NM Women, and we proudly affirm and defend a woman's right to decide what is best for herself and her family.