A New Mexico Senate committee is considering a pro-abortion bill Monday that not only would keep abortions up to birth legal but also may force doctors and nurses to do them.
Taos News reports state Senate Bill 10 is a top priority for Democrat lawmakers, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, said he is confident that they have enough votes to pass it.
“We have a whole string of things we’re focused on, but this is an issue that was front and center in the election cycle we just went through, and with the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, it is more important than ever that we take this law off our books,” said Wirth, a lead sponsor of the bill.
The pro-abortion legislation would repeal a 1969 statute 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 The statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade; but if it is repealed, New Mexico would allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth even if Roe is overturned.
Pro-life leaders warned that the bill jeopardizes the rights of pro-life medical workers as well as unborn babies’ lives.
“The radical abortion lobby seeks to force medical professionals across New Mexico to perform abortions as a matter of ‘access.’ This is not a pro-woman bill but rather, a pro-abortion lobby bill,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for Life.
ACTION ALERT: : Contact New Mexico state lawmakers. Contact members of the state Senate Affairs Committee below.
Martinez said the only conscience protections for medical workers in New Mexico are in the 1969 statute. Without it, she said pro-life doctors and nurses could be forced to abort unborn babies.
Her organization urged people to call members of the state Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, which is scheduled to vote on the bill Monday.
Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose what the bill would do: allow unborn babies to be aborted without limits up to birth, force taxpayers to fund abortions, end conscience protections for medical workers and allow abortion facilities to operate with little accountability.
However, state Democrat lawmakers insist that the legislation is necessary because the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.
“As long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, there was no need to go back and deal with language in our laws that prohibited abortion,” state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said in an interview. “But now that there is a very real possibility that attempts will be made to overturn Roe v. Wade at the federal level, it does make it urgent that we deal with it locally in a way that would preserve that right to choice.”
But Ethel Maharg, executive director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, said the bill is not really about “choice.”
“If you want to do something with your body, that’s your choice,” Maharg said. “But when you’re talking about abortion, you’re not talking about just your body. You’re talking about another person’s body. You’re destroying another person.”
In 2019, a bipartisan group of lawmakers defeated a similar pro-abortion bill in the state Senate. However, many of the Democrat lawmakers who voted against it no longer serve in the legislature, according to the report.
The bill is similar to laws that passed recently in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. New Jersey also is considering a bill to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions this year.
ACTION ALERT: : Contact New Mexico state lawmakers. Contact members of the state Senate Affairs Committee:
Chairman Ortiz y Pino Email: [email protected] (505) 243-1509
Senator Bill Tallman Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8854
Senator Brenda McKenna Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8834
Senator Antoinette Lopez Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8847
Senator Liz Stefanics Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8851
Senator Gregory Baca Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8815
Sen Dr. Gregg Schmedes Email: [email protected] (505) 397-8846
Sen Stuart Ingle Email: [email protected],(505) 397-8829
Sen David Gallegos Email: [email protected](505) 397-8824