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Bill to Legalize Abortions Up until birth passes New Mexico House Committee

by | Feb 16, 2021

Measure has already passed state Senate

By Dave Andrusko

The New Mexico House of Representative is scheduled to hear “in the next week or two” a bill passed by House Judiciary Committee  Monday that will essentially remove any and all limitations on abortion up until birth. HB 7 passed the Judiciary Committee 8-4 with all Democrats in favor, all Republicans in opposition.

A virtually identical proposal –Senate Bill 10–passed the state Senate last week. Pro-abortion Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is unequivocal in her support.  Gov. Grisham “included it in her list of priorities at the beginning of the legislative session,” according to Susan Dunlap of the NM Political Report.  With Democrats in control of the legislature and the governor’s office, there is virtually no chance SB10/HB7 can be derailed.

Republicans unsuccessfully offered amendments and substitute bill, the Farmington Daily Times reported. They included banning abortions after 20 weeks; another banning abortion after 35 weeks; a third a conscience protection clause. All were rejected by Democrats.

“This is truly a sad day for our state,” said state Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, in a statement after the Senate vote. “In addition to sending a message that unborn children’s lives do not matter, we are weakening standards of care for women and repealing the only abortion-related conscience clause we have.”

In a story appearing in the Los Alamos Reporter, state Sen. Gregg Schmedes,  warned, “As a medical doctor, I have heard from many of my colleagues that if they lose these vital conscience protections, they will consider leaving the state which would threaten healthcare access for many New Mexicans.”

The cover for passage of unlimited abortion was the “need” to eliminate  the 1969 New Mexico statute that prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother. As is the case in all states with laws passed prior to 1973, the statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade.

Sponsors used the possible reversal of Roe to propose legislation that far exceeds the reach of the decision that overturned all state abortion laws.

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