Abortion bill faces tough test in Democrat-dominated legislature

Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

New Mexico Capitol (Santa Fe)New Mexicans continue to speak out against an abortion bill that's been described as the most extreme in the nation.

House Bill 51 has already been approved in the Democrat-led House on a 40-29 vote. That's despite organizations such as New Mexico Alliance for Life standing in opposition to the bill, which the group says doesn't protect women, children, or doctors.

As the pro-life group explains, HB 51 keeps dangerous late-term abortions, up to birth, legal for any reason. "The risk of death or serious injury to women increases to 89X times in abortions after five months," notes the group.

Regarding the risk to children, NM Alliance for Life points out that the majority of New Mexicans (67%) support parental involvement in a minor's abortion.

And as far as protections for physicians, HB 51 "strips away the only explicit conscience protection for doctors and other medical professionals that protect them from being forced to participate in abortions," says the group. Almost three-fourths (72%) of New Mexicans support a medical professional's explicit conscience protections from performing abortions.

House Bill 51, titled "Decriminalize Abortion," is now in the process of going through Senate committees, including the Judiciary Committee of which Republican Senator Ron Griggs is a member.

"People in New Mexico, if they're concerned, need to contact members of the Senate," Griggs tells OneNewsNow. "It will probably hit Senate Judiciary, and if it passes there, then it will hit the floor, so all the senators, not just the ones on the Judiciary, need to know the concerns of the people of New Mexico."

The 11-member Senate Judiciary Committee has only four Republican members; in the Senate itself, Democrats hold a 26-16 advantage. HB 51 has seven sponsors, all of them members of the Democratic Party.

Earlier related stories:

NM on cusp of joining states with extreme abortion laws

Will the bill die? Or will more babies die?

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