ABQ pro-abortion mayoral candidates Brian Colon and Tim Keller with Hector Balderas. Photo credit: Joe Monaghan's Blog
Pro-Abortion 'Catholic' Candidates for Mayor Align With the Abortion Industry
With the Albuquerque mayoral race heating up, its important to know who the candidates represent and where they stand. NMAFL will be releasing important information on various candidates leading up to October's election. Recently, it has been noted that two pro-abortion mayoral candidates have been courting Catholic voters, all the while aligning with radical pro-abortion up to the day of birth activists and groups: Democrats Brian Colon and Tim Keller.
'Catholic' Brian Colon attends Nasty Women NM candidate event on June 28, 2017
Candidate: Brian Colon Pro-abortion candidate for mayor and 'Catholic' Brian Colon attends St. Therese Catholic church in Albuquerque, but supports radicalized, anti- Christian, pro-abortion organizations like the Southwest Women's Law Center. In fact, Colon donated to SWLC, in honor of their high dollar pro-abortion lobbyist, "Julie Koob's good work." At the same time, Koob was hired by SWLC to "ensure that full reproductive health services are still available in Santa Fe despite the Catholic hospital merger there imposing religious restrictions on access to contraception." Koob is well known in Santa Fe at the legislature as a seasoned, pro-abortion lobbyist who works for clients like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, SWLC and others.
Colon has also taken thousands of campaign dollars from his long-time friend, Attorney General Hector Balderas. As NMAFL has reported, Balderas has protected the abortion industry over women by allowing over one hundred criminal complaints against Southwestern Women's Options late-term abortion business and UNM Health Sciences Center to expire. Despite hundreds of pages of evidence prepared by federal prosecutors, rather than prosecute, Balderas has chosen to protect the abortion industry over women.
As the New Mexico Democratic Party chairman, Colon also helped a number of pro-abortion up to the day of birth candidates get elected to higher office, including Martin Heinrich, Tom Udall and Ben Ray Lujan in 2008. In 2010, Colon r an on a pro-abortion ticket as Lt. Governor with radical pro-abortion candidate Diane Denish--a founder of the Southwest Women's Law Center and board member of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
Candidate: Tim Keller Like Colon, mayoral candidate Tim Keller has numerous connections to radicalized pro-abortion activists and organizations, all the while claiming to attend Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Albuquerque, according to his social media accounts. As NMAFL's Elisa Martinez reported back in 2014, 'Catholic' graduate of St. Pius High School and the University of Notre Dame: Tim Keller has received campaign cash directly from late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd, owner of scandalized Southwestern Women's Options late-term abortion business.
In 2013, then state senator Tim Keller actually endorsed "Respect ABQ Women," a group pushing to keep abortion legal up to the day of birth in the Albuquerque city election.
'Catholic' Tim Keller has also received endorsements from radicalized pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood, Nasty Women New Mexico and endless favorable press from pro-abortion media like "ProgressNow NM." In fact, Keller was a featured guest presenter at ProgressNow's "Progressive Summit" earlier this year, where a who's who of pro-abortion groups convened to discuss "abortion access" in NM and other issues.
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This week, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has allowed seven additional criminal claims to expire due to the statute of limitations, in the unlawful harvesting of aborted infant body parts between the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) and Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) late-term abortion center. The seven criminal claims come from the congressional criminal referral, received by Balderas a year ago this month, from the Select Panel on Infant Lives.
This week's expired claims come from the illegal harvesting of eyes, brains, hearts and even SKIN from aborted infants 16 weeks gestation through 22 weeks.
Last week, NMAFL held a press conference calling for a special prosecutor due to Balderas' inaction-- allowing 83 claims expire. This week, the AG's office filed a lawsuit against Dollar General, while allowing 7 additional claims involving human skin and brains expire, for a total of 90: "My office continues to aggressively protect hard working New Mexico families and vulnerable consumers by holding big corporations like Dollar General accountable for preying on them and lying about the quality of the products that they sell," Balderas said.
Tell Balderas he can't pick and choose what laws and whom he will "hold accountable." Read more below.
UNM HSC Procurement Notes - 6/5/14
"Women whose babies' skin was illegally harvested for UNM's purposes, by law should have been informed of the nature of the research and its benefits--yet they were not informed, they were deceived," said NMAFL's Martinez. "This is a serious violation, how many of these women would have chosen life, deceived about the humanity of their babies, which is the very reason their bodies were harvested for research." Help New Mexico Alliance for Life hold Attorney General Hector Balderas accountable to his job, click the link below:
Balderas has allowed these claims to expire by failing to issue indictments in the face of overwhelming evidence of violations of New Mexico statutes, but also failing to contact victims, including Jessica Duran. Requests by NMAFL's Executive Director Elisa Martinez to set up meetings between Jessica Duran and the Office of the Attorney General have been postponed indefinitely by the Attorney General's office.
What You Need to Know
Balderas received 1st criminal referral on June 23, 2015.
Balderas received 2nd criminal referral on Dec. 21, 2015.
Federal prosecutors cite "systemic violations" of law between UNM HSC and SWO in both referrals.
Balderas has not contacted victim cited in 2nd criminal referral, Jessica Duran and others.
Criminal claims will continue to expire due to the statute of limitations to prosecute until Balderas issues a criminal complaint.
Despite overwhelming evidence in his possession since last year, including an admission of guilt from SWO abortionist, Balderas has yet to file a criminal complaint (indictment).
Extracting skin from aborted babies sounds more like a Nazi experiment rumor than a modern day medical procedure, yet UNM's own procurement notebook, released by the congressional committee investigating the university show that it was all in a day's work for researchers at UNM or their procurement technicians at the abortion facility. Procurement technicians locate, remove, and bring back the organs, legs, skin, eyeballs, head, or other body parts of aborted babies.
Yesterday, New Mexico Alliance for Life, New Mexico Right to Life, Michelle Garcia Holmes former Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General, and Students for Life participated in our press conference, calling for a special prosecutor to investigate claims of illegal aborted baby body part harvesting by the University of New Mexico (UNM). This comes on the date the statute of limitations runs out on seven month baby brains harvested by a UNM doctor "to dissect w/summer camp students" in 2012. "Attorney General Balderas has allowed 83 criminal claims to expire since receiving Congress' 300-page criminal referral in June of last year," said Elisa Martinez, Director of New Mexico Alliance for Life. Read more below about what you can do to help.
Martinez read a statement by Congressman Steve Pearce, "It is unacceptable that New Mexico's Attorney General Hector Balderas is taking a buffet style approach to the laws he chooses to enforce and those he does not. He is allowing criminal claims against the University of New Mexico to expire, ignoring all sense of responsibility and duty that he owes to the women, children, people, and rule of law here in New Mexico." "Each week that goes by, Balderas allows criminal complaints to expire and women are denied justice," concluded Martinez. "Balderas doesn't care about women, so it is time for the state to appoint a special prosecutor to do his job for him."
In this incident, which happened in 2012, UNM Health Sciences faculty members sought whole fetal brains supplied by an abortion clinic so the brains could be dissected for "summer camp students," according to the panel report. The group and panel allege this violated state law. UNM officials at the time acknowledged that a six-week "Neuroscience Summer Experience" in 2012 and 2014 involved fetal brain dissections. They said it was not a camp, but an educational research program.
In addition, Martinez said at least one of the two abortion clinics in the state has violated the law with consent forms. Citing a 2012 consent form, she said the form a woman must sign to authorize an abortion procedure at Southwest Women's Options also includes the consent for the tissue to be donated for scientific research, so a woman then is limited in her choice because she cannot authorize the abortion and decline the research.
"Their right to choose was violated," Martinez said. "The fundamental rights of women must be protected."
Dauneen Dolce, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico - discussed the over 6,000 signatures delivered to the Attorney General requesting an investigation. Michelle Garcia Holmes, former Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Attorney General - discussed the duties of the AG's office David Rodriguez, Students for Life - discussed the seriousness of the criminal referrals and impact on women as a student at UNM.
Call to Action
Contact the NM Attorney General's Office and ask him why is he allowing claims to expire, why has he not made an indictment? 83 claims have expired since he received a criminal referral from Congress last June.
BREAKING: Brain harvesting scandal leads to call for special prosecutor
ALBUQUERQUE:New Mexico's leading pro-life group is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate claims of illegal aborted baby body part harvesting by the University of New Mexico (UNM). The call comes a day before a statute of limitations runs out on baby brains harvested in 2012.
"Five years ago tomorrow, the University of New Mexico unlawfully ordered the brains of a seven-month aborted baby to dissect with summer camp students," said New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL) Director Elisa Martinez. "Dr. Paul Roth, Chancellor of the UNM Health Science Center, has admitted that UNM obtained these brains, which were never used for research."
"There is ample evidence that UNM has broken state law by collecting these aborted baby parts without lawful consent from the mothers of the children," continued Martinez. "Yet Attorney General Hector Balderas refuses to do the basic duty of his office and investigate what's really going on behind the taxpayer-funded university's closed doors."
"This is malpractice," said Martinez, whose organization provided key information that led to criminal referrals against UNM and late-term abortion center Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) by a Congressional committee. "Taxpayers deserve better than this, which is why NMAFL is formally calling for a special prosecutor to investigate UNM and Southwestern Women's Options."
Violations of the Spradling Act are third-degree felonies punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and/or six years in prison. The statute of limitations on such a crime is five years, which in the case of the procured brains is May 24, 2017.
In deposition testimony, a UNM-trained Southwestern Women's Options abortionist admitted she had never obtained consent from a patient at Southwestern to make a fetal tissue donation nor was familiar with the consent form allegedly used at the abortion center. A different woman who went to SWO for an abortion sued the center late last year, claiming that she was never informed that it would send her child's body parts to UNM.
"Attorney General Balderas has allowed 59 criminal claims to expire since receiving Congress' 300-page criminal referral in June of last year," said Martinez, who noted that a total of 82 claims have expired while Balderas has been in office.
"Each week that goes by, Balderas allows criminal complaints to expire and women are denied justice," concluded Martinez. "Balderas doesn't care about women, so it is time for the state to appoint a special prosecutor to do his job for him."
The New Mexico Alliance for Life is a nonpartisan organization focused on changing state and local laws by empowering women with better and informed choices when facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies and advocating for better protections for women and unborn children from an unsafe abortion industry. For more information visit www.nmallianceforlife.org.
Congressmen Pearce, Blackburn Address Criminal Referrals for University of New Mexico, Southwestern Women's Options
ALBUQUERQUE: Today, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Select Panel on Infant Lives and Congressman Stevan Pearce lead a coalition of pro-life New Mexico leaders to address the two criminal referrals the Panel issued last year. The Panel's referrals citied numerous violations of federal and state law between the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women's Options late-term abortion center. "At the core of our investigation was a federal statute, USC 289g(2), which deals with receiving money and funds for research and how human tissue is transferred," said Congressman Blackburn. "To receive even one penny of profit, is a ten year felony offense." The Panel issued a criminal referral to Attorney General Balderas, which cited violations of 42 USC 289g(2) between the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women's Options. The Panel also issued a second criminal referralciting systemic violations of NMSA 24-9-A-1, based on a lawsuit filed by a New Mexico woman and documents submitted by NMAFL.
"Today we call on everyone who claims to respect women's rights, to stand with us and demand justice and action," said Elisa Martinez, executive director of New Mexico Alliance for Life. "Thousands of New Mexico women's rights have been violated, as they were not provided a legal and valid informed consent to donate infant body parts for UNM research."
New Mexico Alliance for Life has provided the Select Panel thousands of documents obtained by New Mexico's Inspection of Pubic Records Act (IPRA) from the University of New Mexico. To date, the Attorney General Hector Balderas has made no public commitment to a formal investigation of the criminal referrals. Congressman Pearce and pro-life leaders called on Balderas to take decisive action. View video of the press conference here.
The New Mexico Alliance for Life is a nonpartisan organization focused on changing state and local laws by empowering women with better and informed choices when facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies and advocating for better protections for women and unborn children from an unsafe abortion industry. For more information visit www.nmallianceforlife.org
NM 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns, Anti-Life Bills Defeated Progressive Measures Backed By Out-of-State Special Interests Lose in NM
Sine Die: On Saturday, March 18th the New Mexico 2017 legislative session adjourned.With your help, we were able to defeat a number of extreme, anti-life measures, backed by out-of-state special interests! SB 282 and HB 473 never made it to debate on the Senate and House floor, respectively.
Thanks to your phone calls, emails and hard work, SB 282, the so-called 'Hospital Patient Protections Act,' died. SB 282 was sponsored by 'Catholic' Jerry Ortiz y Pino and would have forced Christians health care professionals to refer patients for abortions and religiously-affiliated hospitals to perform abortions across New Mexico.
Also, HB 473, the 'Decriminalize Abortion Act', was sponsored by House progressives: Speaker Brian Egolf (HD- 47 Santa Fe), Deborah Armstrong (HD 17- ABQ), Christine Trujillo (HD-25 ABQ), Joanne Ferrary (HD-37 Dona Ana), and Harry Garcia (HD-69 Grants). This bill was an aggressive abortion measure that aimed to decriminalize abortion, allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. Sadly, the unconstitutional measure also sought to remove New Mexico statute that protects healthcare providers from participating in an abortion against their religious or moral objections.
OTHER VICTORIES FOR LIFE
These victories could not be possible without your help! Physician Assisted suicide, in the form of HB 171 and SB 252, the 'End of Life Options Act', also failed in both the Senate and House. House progressives led by Speaker Egolf, refused to allow a vote on HB 171 in the House Judiciary Committee because they knew it would fail--even with a majority of Democrats. SB 252 was killed on the Senate floor in a bipartisan 22 - 20 vote, with six Democrats and 16 Republicans voting against the measure. A big 'thank you' to all our pro-life champions in the legislature, our coalition partners including the American Academy of Medical Ethics, The NM Conference of Catholic Bishops, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, the HUB of New Mexico and all who showed up to testify, send emails, and make phone calls. As we continue to work together in a unified effort, we will see New Mexico change from a culture of death to a culture of life.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON
This week we're hitting the ground running as we transition from legislative action, to leading the charge on the investigation of UNM Health Sciences Center and Southwestern Women's Options harvesting of infant bodies for experimentation. Stay tuned as we release our final analysis of the 2017 NM Legislative Session and more exciting announcements coming soon.
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Dems in House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee table Pro-life Legislation
House Committee Kills Bills, Uphold Inhumane Abortion Practices
Sunday, Democrat members of the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee voted down HB 220 and HB 221 in 3-2 party line votes. HB 220 would protect women and infants from dangerous late-term abortions, while HB 221 would require that a young woman notify her parent before having an abortion. (More photos and updates below). Expert witness Maryrose Turner MD, testified in support of HB 220 and demonstrated a dismemberment D & E abortion on infants up to 24 weeks, "What is the baby feeling during this procedure? It is well established in the medical literature that babies by 20 weeks gestation have developed pain receptors. It has been the standard of care for decades for premature infants to receive pain relief during procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit." "In fetal surgery for conditions such as urinary system blockage, hydrocephalus, or congenital diaphragmatic hernia, the mother must receive general anesthesia so that the baby is also sufficiently anesthetized for the operation. Dr. Turner also said, "By New Mexico's animal cruelty statute, [the late-term abortion] procedure is considered inhumane. You must understand how a second trimester abortion is performed, and judge if that is also inhumane."
Denae Romero, mother of baby Anica (above), also spoke in favor of HB 220 and described herself as speaking on behalf of thousands, "I stand before you with what we are talking about and what we are fighting for," said mother of baby Anneka motioning to her daughter, "It's not within our right to make that decision. Faith aside, science aside, we owe [babies] the right, as human beings, to have a shot to live. If something happens, something happens, but we should not make that decision. "Because you see these demonstrations on tables and it's just a doll, it's easy because you don't see the blood, you don't see it so its not real," baby Anneka's mother continued, "The numbers and the statistics are not real. This is a baby [holding child] Anneka. Let this be more than numbers. Let this about more than politics. New Mexico is a mess, everything is a mess, please think of Anneka, a baby." Thanks to all expert witnesses including Dr. Turner, Cindy Vandi, RN and ultrasound technician for Care Net of Valencia county.
Parental Notification, Abortion and Child Abuse: The Cover Up Continues Thanks to House Democrats
HB 221, the Parental Notification of Abortion included expert witness testimony from Sierra Schroff and Clay Schroff of the Zoe Project, who work with at risk children, including victims of human trafficking, Laura Rosecrans of Surrendered Hearts Abortion Recovery, a survivor of rape and forced abortion as a minor and others. Elisa Martinez, Executive Director for NM Alliance for Life also served as expert witness for HB 221 and read actual cases of child abuse victims taken for abortions: "there are hundreds of reported cases of victims, underage girls brought in for an abortion by the very person who is abusing them, because it covers up the abuse. Hundreds of cases are filed against the abortion clinics, but all too often because of lack of parental consent or notification laws parents may not know what is going on with their child. Local clinics either may not have the resources, or the will, or perhaps they are turning a blind eye to the victims."
"We have to start looking at this issue, not through the lens of politics, but through the lens of what is best for our children and what will protect them best from exploitation," said Martinez. "This sexual abuse is happening on a daily basis and parental notification only serves to give these clinics a necessary tool to be able to detect and identify abuse."
KOB 4 and KRQE 13 both covered the results of the House CPAC hearings on HB 220 and HB 221. Make sure to weigh in on the comments section of these reports, share this information and help us continue to shed a light on the darkness in our state.
Thanks to all our bills sponsors, expert witnesses, the pastors and prayer teams that fought for these common sense protections. Many are inspired by the heartfelt testimony from citizens across the state who witnessed for life yesterday, who, unlike the abortion industry, do not have a financial benefit in this cause. Additionally those who showed up in support of life believe the tide is turning, as more citizens become aware of these atrocities taking place. We at NMAFL are encouraged by your support and concern for women, unborn children, our girls, families and our state. We will not stop fighting until these injustices end.
Historic Praise and Worship in the Rotunda was a huge success! Thanks to Pastor Brian Alarid, Pastor and NM state Rep. David Adkins, Pastor Richard Mansfield, John Robb, Pastor Vince Torres for organizing and all who attended this historic service.
NM Progressives: Assault on Life at NM Legislature Continues Infant Born Alive Protection Act Dies in Committee, Other Bills to Be Heard This Sunday
In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrat members of the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee voted down HB 37, the Infant Born Alive Protection Act. Public testimony and expert witnesses included the Honorable Lt. Governor John Sanchez, a notable occasion on the House floor. Hearings for HB 220 and 221 were delayed by the Chairman for this Sunday at 10 AM (please attend, more information below). Albuquerque Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, Monique Ramirez, works with premature infants and served as an expert witness for HB 37: "These babies have just experienced a very traumatic event and are still alive. Shouldn't that tell you something? That obviously this baby is meant to be alive and full resuscitation should take place and all efforts should be given to this baby to help this baby survive."
"If these late abortion survivors are not given proper resuscitation, the next thing we can provide for these babies would be palliative care, by making their last moments of life as comfortable as possible," Ramirez said, "Even if this is simply to hold the baby while they take their last breath so the last thing that baby feels is love, which we all know is a beautiful thing. Working in an intensive care unit, not all these stories have a happy ending, but we do our best to make the death process a pain-free experience for the baby. They're given some sedation so that they are calm and relaxed; then they are held as we take out their breathing tubes so that love is the last thing they feel. I don't know about you, but I hope that I am surrounded by love as I take my last breath here on earth."
Despite heart-wrenching testimony from Monique Ramirez and countless others, the Democrat committee members coldly voted down this humane, life-saving measurer--thereby continuing the cycle of abuse and neglect of infants who survive abortions in our state. A big thanks to our bill sponsors Rep. Rod Montoya, Rep. David Gallegos and all who attended. Upset? You can do something about it: join us on Sunday and help us hold these leaders accountable.
Don't Miss It! Late-Term Ban and Parental Notification of Abortion Hearings on Sunday
HCPAC Chairman Eliseo Alcon also postponed the public hearings for HB 220 the Late Term Abortion Ban and HB 221 Parental Notification of Abortion, disregarding expert witness and others who took time off work to testify. The hearings are now scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. Get your FACT SHEETS HERE for both bills and be prepared to give your testimony in support of both bills.
COME WORSHIP IN THE ROTUNDA!
This Sunday March 5th at 9 a.m., New Mexico Prays, will be holding a special worship service in the Rotunda at the New Mexico state Capitol. Pastor Brian Alarid who will lead the inter-denominational service encourages the pro-life community to attend the church service, then attend the House Consumer & Public Affairs Hearings for HB 220 Partial and Late-Term Abortion Ban and HB 221 Parental Notification of Abortion. See you Sunday!
Thursday: Three Major Pro-Life Bills to Be Heard Before House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee 1:30 PM Room 309, NM Capitol
Major pro-life bills to be heard Thursday, March 2, 2017,1:30 PM at NM Capitol. Plan on attending the public hearings for these bills this Thursday and contacting the committee members below to support these common sense, humane measures. HB 37, Infant Born Alive Protection Act: Currently, infants who survive late-term abortions at 24 weeks and beyond in New Mexico are left to die or without basic care like a warm blanket. HB 37 would require infants who survive abortions are given palliative (comfort) care or medical care, if necessary. According to the CDC, there are over 500 cases of infants surviving abortions across the country. The UNM chief abortionist, Dr. Eve Espey admits "OB-GYNs do not ressussitate neonates" showing signs of life after late-term abortions at UNM Hospital.
HB 221 Parental Notification of Abortion: New Mexico parents have no rights when it comes to minors obtaining abortions. There are no parental consent or notification laws on abortion, however a minor must obtain parental consent to take an aspirin in school. HB 221 would require a minors parent or guardian to be notified 48 hours before their daughter obtains an abortion. 37 states require parental involvement in a minor’s abortion.
HB 220, Late Term Abortion Ban (House version): Abortion is legal up to the day of birth in NM - for ANY reason. New Mexico has the highest rate of late-term abortions in the nation. Late- term abortion is dangerous for women, inhumane and involves excruciating pain for infants. After 24 weeks, an infant in utero is given an intra cardiac injection-- a process deemed inhumane and cruel for exterminating animals by NM statute.
ACTION ITEM ALERT:
Contact the Democrat members of the NM House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee below, who are poised to vote party-line against these common sense measures. Tell them to vote for HB 37, HB 220, HB 221.
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NM Progressives: Assault on Life at NM Legislature Senate Democrats Keep Abortion Legal Up to Day of Birth... Again and More
ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR NM LEGISLATOR TODAY
HB 37: VOTE FOR The Born Alive Infant Protection Act is scheduled for a public hearing before the House Public Affairs Committee on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Plan on attending the hearing, get your talking points here. HB 171: VOTE NO The assisted suicide bill, "End of Life Options" Act was heard this week but AGAIN was not voted on in the House Judiciary Committee. Progressives realized they did not have the votes in the committee stacked with their own, including House Speaker Brian Egolf. They plan to revise the bill again and try to re-introduce at any time. SB 282: VOTE NO "Hospital Patient Protections Act" forces hospitals to perform abortions and health care providers to participate in abortions. Read more below.
Contact your NM Senator and Representative by email or phone and tell them to VOTE FOR HB 37 AND AGAINST SB 282, HB 171. Find out more here.
NM Progressives Assault on Life: Unconstitutional and Unconscionable
Last week, the Late-Term Abortion Ban Act, (SB 183) was defeated by all 5 senate Democrat progressives before the Senate Public Affairs Committee: Jerry Ortiz y Pino (ABQ-12), Mimi Stewart (ABQ-17), Jeff Steinborn (Las Cruces-36), Bill O' Neill (ABQ-13) and Liz Stefanics (ABQ-39). Despite heart-wrenching testimony from post-abortive women, a mother who was pressured to have a late-term abortion and pregnancy center workers who help women-- the committee voted to keep dangerous and inhumane late-term abortions legal in NM for any reason.
SB 282: Unconstitutional, Forces Christians to Participate in Abortion
"Catholic" Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino's and Senator Mimi Stewart's abortion extremism is on full display, as they are sponsoring a bill, SB 282 that forces Christians to refer for abortions and religiously-affiliated hospitals to perform abortions. National pro-life media and KKOB radio have covered NMAFL's press release on this extreme measure. See more below. "State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino's pro-abortion extremism is now out in the open," said NMAFL Executive Director Elisa Martinez. "It was bad enough when Senator Ortiz y Pino used his Catholic faith to justify abortion until the day of birth. Now he wants to force health care providers, including those of his own Catholic faith, to violate their consciences by participating in abortion." If signed into law, SB 282 will repeal New Mexico state exemptions for persons and institutions with "moral or religious" objections to abortion. The bill states, "notwithstanding the provisions of any other state law, a hospital shall not refuse to provide a reproductive health service to a patient if withholding the reproductive health service would result in or prolong a serious risk to the patient's life or health; and where a failure to provide the reproductive health service would violate the medical standard of care owed the patient. " "New Mexico statute 30-5-2 protects hospitals and individuals from participating in abortion if they have a moral or religious objection," said Martinez. "SB 282 is actually a double attack - it forces pro-life medical professionals to participate in abortion, and its definitions of 'standard of care' and health of the mother are so broad so as to have no meaningful limitations." In addition to violating the First Amendment's right to religious freedom from government coercion, SB 282 violates the Weldon Amendment, according to Martinez and Sharer. The Amendment is a federal law that protects health care providers from being forced to provide abortions.
State Senator Bill Sharer said, "The only reason we still have abortion up to the day of birth today in New Mexico is because "Catholic" Democrat legislators support it and because Catholic leaders are silent. Senate bill 282 will require Catholic healthcare providers to commit mortal sins, which should horrify anyone of good conscience." According to Martinez, SB 282 "will force half or more of the health care professionals to leave their practice or lose their license for violating state law." She accused Ortiz y Pino of misleading his fellow legislators, noting that SB 282 "does not refer to the exemption statute at all, meaning that even pro-life legislators could vote for this life-ending bill without knowing they are repealing the basic constitutional right to religious liberty." Read more from Live Action here and LifeSite News here.