Most Americans do not support abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. But that is what the Democrat Party is pushing for, and politicians who do not conform to its radical pro-abortion agenda are being kicked out of office.
What happened in the New Mexico primary on Tuesday is an example of how closely Democrat politicians are aligning themselves with the billion-dollar abortion industry – and ignoring voters’ views on the issue.
Four state Democrats who helped defeat a radical pro-abortion bill that would have allowed abortions for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy in New Mexico lost their primary elections to candidates backed by pro-abortion groups.
State Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, Sen. Clemente Sanchez, Sen. Richard Martinez and Sen. John Arthur Smith all lost after voting against their party on pro-abortion legislation, KOB 4 reports.
Narrowly defeated in 2019, the bill would have repealed a statute from 1969 that prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life. The statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade. Without the statute, however, New Mexico would have allowed unborn babies to be aborted without restriction, even after Roe is overturned. The bill also would have repealed conscience protections for medical professionals who believe it is wrong to abort unborn babies.
Papen lost to Carrie Hamblem, a candidate endorsed by the pro-abortion powerhouse EMILY’s List, and Sanchez lost to Pamela Cordova, another EMILY’s List pick. Smith lost to Neomi Martinez-Parra, a former New Mexico Democratic Party vice chair who received support from Planned Parenthood, and Martinez lost to Leo Jaramillo.
Though some called their wins “grassroots,” it’s clear the abortion industry invested a lot of money into the races.
Smith told the Las Cruces Sun News that independent political groups spent huge amounts of money to defeat conservative senators like him in their primaries this year.
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One of those groups is the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. According to NM Political Report, the pro-abortion group spent $390,000 on the New Mexico primary. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico spent an additional $150,000, the report states. And it is likely that EMILY’s List, which backs pro-abortion women candidates, contributed as much, if not more than Planned Parenthood.
The billion-dollar abortion chain made it clear that its intentions were to support candidates who will vote to keep abortion on demand legal through all nine months of pregnancy in New Mexico.
Sarah Taylor-Nanista, executive director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund, called the … wins “an important step” toward repealing the 1969 law. Abortion rights activists are concerned that with a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, the court will overturn Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has said it sees New Mexico as a bastion of abortion rights in the future. But that might not be the case if the old ban on abortion is not abolished.
Taylor-Nanista told NM Political Report last week that reproductive rights groups only needed to flip two seats in the Senate to have enough votes to pass a bill in the 2021 legislative session that would decriminalize abortion.
But these temporary, primary victories could backfire in November.
Dr. Lonna Atkeson, a University of New Mexico political science professor, told KOB 4 that all the races are in conservative districts, and the “progressive” Democrat candidates may not fare well against Republican candidates in the general election.
“That is definitely a risk because these are conservative areas, and that is why conservatives were in power in these areas,” Atkeson said.
Polls suggest that Democrat politicians are increasingly out of touch with voters on the issue. A 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6 percent of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child,” while only 8 percent said they should be permitted up to the third trimester.
Through the years, Gallup polling consistently has found similar results. One of its most recent polls found that 28% of Americans support legalized abortions in the second trimester and only 13% support it in the final three months. In 2019, Gallup also found 60% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all (39%) abortions made illegal.
The Democratic Party platform supports abortion on demand without restriction. Recently, party leaders added language supporting taxpayer-funded abortions, too – something Americans also strongly oppose.