A pro-life group is commending Democrats for helping defeat an abortion bill.
"It speaks volumes," says New Mexico Alliance for Life's Elisa Martinez about the eight Senate Democrats voting in opposition of House Bill 51. "People are waking up to the reality of abortion extremism. Abortion up to birth and infanticide were on this bill, on the table, and the eight Democrat senators who voted with the will of the people against this bill need to be commended, and so we are just again so grateful for them standing up for life."
According to KOB 4 in Albuquerque, the eight Democrats were Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas, Sen. Carlos Cisneros of Questa, Sen. Richard Martinez of Española, Sen. George Munoz of Gallup, Sen. Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces, Sen. Gabriel Ramos of Silver City, Sen. Clemente Sanchez of Grants, and Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming.
In his remarks leading up to the vote, Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) invoked St. Antoninus and said Catholics were free to vote for the bill.
Senator Ramos, another Catholic, responded to that by saying his church "does not approve of abortion."
"How can we protect coyotes, frogs, prairie dogs, chickens, but not the beating heart of a baby in a woman's womb," Ramos asked. "Vote your conscience."
"All the odds were against us, and it took a lot of prayer, a lot of hard work, a lot of really divine intervention here in New Mexico," says Elisa Martinez. "I'm just so thankful to God for intervening and hearing our prayers and hearing our cries."
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico described the scene as follows:
"After the final vote was announced, we found ourselves silenced in disbelief at what had just transpired - the people of New Mexico had gone up agains the abortion industry giant, and the people had won! We prayed, and God honored and answered our prayers!"
In January, Gabriel Ramos was reluctantly appointed to the State Senate by the new Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham - who had promised to sign the measure into law when it crossed her desk. Prior to being appointed, he was labeled as a DINO - "Democrat In Name Only" - by a Democractic activist in his district.