The Feminist Majority Foundation and Respect ABQ Women are asking students at the University of New Mexico to become registered voters and make educated choices when they hit the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 19. FMF is dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health and non-violence. Respect ABQ Women is building a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat the proposed ballot measure, which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
FMF and Respect ABQ Women have partnered up to combat the proposed ballot. Respect ABQ Women is comprised of 11 supporting organizations and was created in response to the extremist group Operation Rescue becoming a local fixture in Albuquerque. FMF campus organizer Joel Gallegos said of the ballot, “It has no concern for a woman’s health or well-being, and it has no provisions for rape or incest.”
The two groups are currently registering voters in the UNM SUB and asking students and the public for their pledges against the abortion proposal.
Students and the public can get involved through volunteering, phone banking, signing a pledge or voting. Signing a pledge helps FMF and Respect ABQ Women contact people to remind them to get out and vote, as well as recruit activists for their cause.