By Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest
Pastoral Staff; Priests for Life
July 24th, 2016
Albuquerque, NM– Recently the Albuquerque Journal ran an article pointing out how the political fortunes of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez have taken a downturn in the last 4 years. Indeed, 4 years ago, Governor Martinez was a bright star in the Republican party as the first female, latina governor. She still is the head of the Republican Governors Association, but clearly she does not have the political profile she enjoyed even a year or two ago. (See Cosmopolitan article here) Are Anti-Abortion Activists Determined to Topple Their Pro-Life Governor?
I would like to posit what happened to Governor Susana, her fall from grace, and offer two key considerations:
- Governor Martinez put her national political aspirations before the needs of the good people of New Mexico.
- In seeking such aspirations, she refused and failed to live up to her self-proclaimed mantle of being “pro-life and pro-family.”