To The Honorable Mayor Richard J Berry,
I have been a supporter of yours in two elections. I felt you were a good choice, a seasoned businessman with a knowledge of how to get a job done. A legislator who had experience that would bode well for our community. You were gracious in consenting to interviews on the small AM station at which I worked in Albuquerque. I have, in the past, attended and appreciated your meetings for the “faith community”.
Thus, it was a sad experience to listen to your audio blog denouncing Protest ABQ for doing what they do – exposing the harm of abortion in Albuquerque. As you are the one who has brought this subject out into the social media sphere, I feel the need to respond.
My concerns are, as follows:
1) With all due respect, Sir, it is NEVER warranted for ANY politician to make a statement that even casually or tacitly threatens an American citizen’s CONSTITUTIONALLY protected right to Freedom of Speech. To use the leverage of your office in such a “bully” fashion is abominable. No, you never threatened, but can you not see the danger of a person in high public office, in any way, saying anything that might cause someone to feel intimidated about speaking out? It is curious to me how politicians say things like use your liberty in “a responsible manner” to individuals and organizations they think they can bully but fear standing up to those who terminate innocent human life.
2) Please get the facts straight. Protest ABQ roams the neighborhoods of Albuquerque with their signs and most certainly, small children have seen them. However, they do NOT purposefully place the truck at schools, as you suggest.
3) Could not this issue have been addressed on a personal level? Father Stephen Imbarrato, Bud and Tara Shaver have tried repeatedly to meet with you and you have not made time to discuss this issue with them. For over a year they have requested a meeting with you to discuss their concern about your failure to involve yourself in the abortion issue. This should have been a private discussion, not one moved into the public arena, as you have now done.
4) Your Honor, Your Town, is now known as the Abortion Capital of the Southwest. Do you not care at all? Is the possibility of a “traumatized child” seeing an aborted child more concerning then the thousands who die yearly in this community? Why not, instead, speak to the thousands of young women who are traumatized by the act of abortion? Have you taken the time to consider the human carnage abortion leaves…yes, a dead child…sometimes his or her body parts sold like they were coming out of an auto salvage yard? Are you aware that many women are coerced into the abortion? Do you know many are brought by sexual predators? Does it matter that human traffickers use these facilities to keep their “inventory” available? Are you aware that:
92% of post abortive women experience emotional deadening
86% of these women feel an increased tendency toward anger or rage
82% experience intense feelings of loneliness or isolation
This information doesn’t include the dramatically increased tendency to use alcohol and drugs to deaden their pain. It doesn’t reveal the insomnia, the nightmares and suicidal feelings. And, Your Honor, 28% of the women who have walked through Albuquerque’s abortion clinics, while you have remained silent, attempt suicide.
But, I suppose these statistics pale in comparison for your concern about the “traumatized child”. I, too, am concerned about that child. I fear what devaluing life has done and will do to that child.
Your Honor, you may well feel you have spoken out for life. By calling yourself “Pro Life” you may feel you have taken a great risk. This community, however, needs something of which to be proud, beyond TV shows about meth dealers and shady lawyers…and the title “Abortion Capital”. This community needs a strong voice for life. I pray you have not lost your last opportunity to be that voice.
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