New Mexico Acequia Association
Since 2007, the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) has received ten grants from the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), totaling $455,000, including its most recent grant of $50,000 for FY 2020-2021.
In 2010, the Reform CCHD Now coalition produced a report on the New Mexico Acequia Association. What was found was that it was a member of the pro-abortion “The Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign,” a supporter of the pro-abortion Tewa Women United organization, and NMAA helped draft the “Women’s Declaration” in 2007.
The Women’s Declaration is filled with odd spiritual references to “Mother Earth” and other forms of pagan mysticism. For instance, the preamble states:
“The earth community stands at a defining moment in time. Injustices, poverty, ignorance, corruption, crime and violence have deepened and our Earth Mother is suffering.”
In addition to that the beginning of the declaration makes decidedly non-Catholic theological statements, such as:
“Humanity is part of a vast evolving multiverse. Earth is our home and our mother is alive with a unique community of life givers. The life givers are Women. The protection of Women, their vitality and their well-being is the sacred fluid of love.”
The 32nd resolution of the declaration states, “32. Be it further resolved that we will support the work of Tewa Women United.”
Tewa Women United is a radically pro-abortion organization that declares that “abortion is health care.” Tewa Women United’s website is chalk full of pro-abortion and pro-contraception messages, but to give a succinct view of its commitment to abortion, this is what it tweeted in December of 2021.
Despite Tewa Women United’s (TWU) virulent commitment to abortion, NMAA has remained devoted to TWU throughout the years. Currently on NMAA’s website is an advertised opportunity for teens to participate in TWU’s “Healthy Sexuality and Body Sovereignty program.”
Tewa Women United says that in creating the program, it partnered with Planned Parenthood to add “medically-accurate lessons about human anatomy, adolescent development, and age-appropriate sex ed.”
In part three of TWU’s breakdown of the A’Gin Healthy Sexuality and Body Sovereignty program (advertised by NMAA), TWU makes is absolutely clear that the promotion of contraception is a big factor in the program.
Beyond all possible doubts, NMAA formally promoted a sex program for teens indoctrinating them with Planned Parenthood methodology in the use of contraception.
Also discovered in the former report by the Reform CCHD Now coalition is the fact that NMAA is a member of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign.
In the minutes of the State of New Mexico Health Policy Commission meeting of January 14, 2005, the executive director for the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign called for “family planning” to be covered in the New Mexico Health Security Act.
In addition to all of this background (plus the new information regarding NMAA’s promotion of Tewa Women United’s contraception-promoting contraception program), the executive director of NMAA is a pro-abortion democrat who received a campaign endorsement from Planned Parenthood.
The executive director for NMAA is Paula Garcia.
In January of 2018, Garcia announced her decision to run for public office as a Representative in the New Mexico state government.
Just three months later, she obtained the full endorsement of the nation’s largest abortion chain, which called her a “Champion for Planned Parenthood.” According to the article announcing the endorsement, Planned Parenthood stated that those whom it endorsed pledged to support “access to reproductive health care, including abortion.” It then said that they “only endorse candidates who we know will be champions for Planned Parenthood.” In other words, there is no way Garcia received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood without specifically and personally stating her support for abortion and Planned Parenthood.
What is sadly obvious about this endorsement is that it is absolutely clear that while Planned Parenthood did its due diligence in vetting people, the CCHD either did not, or it simply turned a blind eye. Either way, Garcia’s endorsement from Planned Parenthood should come as no surprise to anyone, let alone the CCHD, considering the fact that in 2011, the Reform CCHD Now Coalition reported that Garcia had served two terms as the chair of the Mora County Democratic Party.
As Chair for the Democratic Party of Mora County, Garcia would have been bound to supporting the Democratic Party platform of New Mexico, which included support for homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” “reproductive rights” and even a “right to die.”
According to Guidestar, Garcia’s income as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Acequia Association was $65,129 in 2014, $63,663 in 2015, and $68,694 in 2016. Considering the fact that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has supplied $305,000 to this organization over the last 12 years, it is abundantly clear that the CCHD has been supplying Catholic funds to a known and active agent of the Democratic Party and a “Champion of Planned Parenthood.”
New Mexico Acequia Association has a long-standing relationship with Tewa Women United, an organization committed to abortion. In line with this relationship, NMAA published an opportunity for youth to participate in TWU’s contraception-promoting sex-ed program, which makes sense, considering the fact that NMAA’s executive director received a campaign endorsement from Planned Parenthood. The CCHD has known most of this for over a decade, and yet, NMAA continues to receive CCHD funding.