Albuquerque, NM- Protest ABQ launched the second round of their postcard campaign today exposing religious pro-abortion Catholic Democrats. This batch of postcards have been mailed into the districts of New Mexico State Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Jacob Candelaria. Round 1 focused on Catholic Senators Michael Sanchez, Bill O’ Neill and United Methodist Christian Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto. These postcards were mailed just before New Mexico’s primary election day on June 7.
Senators Ortiz y Pino and Candelaria have consistently opposed ALL pro-life legislation introduced into the Senate Public Affairs committee that Pino chairs. During the 2015 legislative session Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Jacob Candelaria, Bill O’ Neil, and Daniel Ivey-Soto voted to kill SB 437, Physician Admitting Privileges for Abortions introduced by Sen. Craig Brandt (R). Protest ABQ was the sponsor of this bill that would have prevented abortion providers in New Mexico from ditching their patients on local emergency rooms where other physicians are left in the dark about the woman’s condition after an abortion related injury.
During the committee hearing for SB 437 Sen. Pino, cut off the testimony of expert witness Tara Shaver, Senior Policy Advisor of Protest ABQ when she attempted to introduce 911 calls made from Albuquerque abortion facilities. Sen. Pino objected and threw a “tantrum,” claiming that the 911 calls were “too emotional” even though the calls documented facts including severe injuries sustained by women from Albuquerque abortion clinics.
Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino
“Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Jacob Candelaria Defy Their Catholic Faith By Supporting Murder” reads the postcards mailed throughout these Senators districts.
The citizens of New Mexico deserve to know that their elected officials are “putting politics before Jesus and his babies and this is a form of idolatry!” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Priests for Life. Pre-born babies are murdered in the latest stages of pregnancy in our state and Jesus did not lay down His life so that we may ignore this reality that has so negatively impacted New Mexico.
Also included on the postcards is the following quote by Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae 58:
“Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception.The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder…”
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, The Protest Priest with Priests for Life issued the following statement:
“Since we founded Protest ABQ, we have been dedicated to ending preborn child killing. We will continue to expose the truth about why New Mexico is the abortion capital of the Southwest. It is clear that the elected Democrats here in New Mexico, including many Catholics, support preborn childkilling and far too many Republicans, including some who call themselves prolife, condone preborn childkilling.
If we are prolife, we should be doing everything in our power to stop the slaughter of the innocent and if we are Catholic, we should obey our Catholic faith above all else. What has been happening here in New Mexico is a moral scandal that must be exposed and be brought to an end.”