Pro-abortion Democrats pre-filed a bill Monday in New Mexico that would erase all state limits on abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, is the lead sponsor of New Mexico House Bill 51, KRQE News reports. If passed, the bill would repeal a New Mexico statute that prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.
The 1960s statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade, but if the infamous abortion case is overturned, as abortion activists fear could happen with the new conservative U.S. Supreme Court, it would go into effect again.
Ferrary’s bill would change that. Instead of being one of nine states that makes it a crime for an abortionist to kill an unborn baby, New Mexico would become a state that allows abortions without restriction, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Essentially, unborn babies could be aborted for any reason up to birth.
Pro-life Republicans already are alerting their constituents about the radical pro-abortion bill.
Here’s more from the report:
House Minority Whip Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, said it would be “reckless” to repeal the abortion law without replacing it with some regulations.
“I think it’s a mistake,” he said in an interview. “We have so few restrictions as it is right now.”
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New Mexico is one of the few states where late-term abortions on viable, healthy unborn babies are legal and openly practiced. The late-term abortion facility Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque is facing a lawsuit for allegedly killing a young woman in a botched abortion when she was six months pregnant with her unborn child. The facility also has been linked to the aborted baby body parts scandal.
New Mexico also lacks many common sense abortion regulations, such as parental consent for minors, informed consent and limits on taxpayer-funded abortions.
Despite these concerns, there is a possibility that the bill could pass. Democrats control both state houses, and incoming Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she will sign the bill if it reaches her desk, according to the New Mexico Political Report. House Speaker Brian Egolf also said he would make the pro-abortion bill a priority, according to the report.
Lujan Grisham said that she believes the law criminalizing abortion to be “antiquated” and one that would “punish women.” She has pledged to sign the bill if it were passed through the legislature.
Similar efforts to repeal this law, under outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez (R), failed.
As of now, nine states, including New Mexico, have laws that would ban abortion. Four additional states – Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota – have what are known as “trigger laws” that would ban abortion if the Roe decision were overturned.
Contrary to Lujan Grisham’s claims, the statute would not punish women for abortions. It would punish abortionists who abort unborn babies. Historically, the U.S. legal system has not prosecuted women for abortions, even prior to Roe v. Wade. While pro-life advocates yearn for the day when unborn children are protected under law and abortions are banned, the pro-life movement continuously has opposed punishing women who have abortions — instead focusing on holding abortion practitioners criminally accountable for the unborn children they kill in abortions.
The bill will be considered in January when the new legislative session begins.