An attempt by Democrats to change New Mexico's abortion law shows no concern for women or those who oppose abortion, say pro-lifers.
Democrats have filed a bill that would repeal an abortion law placed on the books prior to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Elisa Martinez of New Mexico Alliance for Life says it would enshrine in New Mexico law abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, while proponents are completely ignoring the safety for women. That should be a red flag, she says.
"It's generally understood and accepted across the medical community," she says, "that abortion after five months --- that's halfway through pregnancy --- is highly dangerous for women."
Last year, a 23-year-old healthy Albuquerque woman died after an abortion six months into her pregnancy.
Another protection from the current law, a conscience allowance, would die if the bill is approved.
"Here in New Mexico," advises Martinez, "a really important aspect of this statute is that we have a conscience protection that says doctors and nurses don't have to participate in abortions if it's against their conscience. So they're looking to strike that from the books."
That means pro-life medical personnel and hospitals, including faith-based ones, could be forced into doing abortions or close their doors.