New Mexico is following New York and Vermont’s lead in proposing an extreme abortion bill – allowing for the extermination of pregnancy up to birth for any reason.
“State House Bill 51 passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs committee in a 3-2 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting against,” according to Life News.
House Bill 51, sponsored by Representative Joanne Ferrary, does away with a state statute from 1969 that made abortion a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico (except in cases of rape, incest, and harm to the mother’s health). However, being that the statute originated in 1969, the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade essentially did away with the statute – meaning that the the 1960’s law is unenforceable currently.
However, fear of Roe v. Wade being overturned has led extreme abortion supporters to file for such outrageous abortion laws. HB-51, if passed, would allow for abortion without restriction up to birth in New Mexico.
As reported in Newsweek, Rep. Ferrary stated that, “with the threat of a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe, we need to repeal this law to protect health care providers and keep abortion safe and legal. We can’t go back to those days when women had to risk their lives just to get health care.”
While the bill has to pass another judiciary committee before it can go to the state House for a vote, it is likely that it will pass. Democrats have the majority in both the House and Senate, as well as the Governors office – where Gov-elect, Michelle Lujan Grisham is very likely to sign the bill into law.
Life News also reports that HB-51 would force medical doctors, who disagree with abortion, to start performing abortions. New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director Elisa Martinez stated, “Forcing doctors to participate in abortions up to birth is the stated goal of proponents behind this bill and New Mexicans must rise up against this radical bill.”
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