There is an old saying in Spanish: “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.” It translates roughly to “tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are.”
This past week Lt. Governor John Sanchez took to Facebook to make it extremely clear who he’s with.
In a Facebook post (see below), Sanchez continued the dangerous and blatantly false rhetoric that anti-abortion extremists have been using to describe the Congressional witch-hunt against clinics and medical institutions across the country and in our own state.
Contrary to Sanchez’s version of the facts, these hearings, like the previous three investigating Planned Parenthood, have found no evidence of wrongdoing. Like the investigation he references, Lt. Governor Sanchez’s claims are baseless.
His statements are not only untrue, but it is becoming more and more clear that the investigation that he is referencing isn’t based on any sort of fact-based standard, but instead is built solely of the allegations of anti-abortion extremists.
Just yesterday Democrats on the panel blasted the committee’s Republican leadership for their continued reliance on evidence from anti-abortion extremist groups, specifically highlighting New Mexico’s own Protest ABQ.
It’s hard to believe that this taxpayer funded witch-hunt is built off of supposed evidence submitted by a group that, as Democrats on the panel emphasized, are known associates of the extremists tied to the murder of an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas.
This is the same group that has harassed women, families, and medical providers both outside of clinics and in neighborhoods where families and children are exposed to graphic images they parade around on their signs and their trucks.
It is yet to be made known the supposed reason as to why our clinics and medical college have been targeted and why the panel so desperately wants to compile a list of names of the researchers, students, doctors, and clinic staff. But if their motives of the panel are anything like those of Protest ABQ, whose claims are the basis for this ridiculous investigation, they will do nothing but expose members of our community to danger and lead to further harassment.
Lt. Governor John Sanchez said his comments are “not about abortion” but it’s clear that this panel and their investigation is merely the latest tactic being used by extremists groups like Protest ABQ, with support from Congressional Republicans, to stigmatize providers and end access to safe and legal abortion care.