On Tuesday night (March 5, 2019), the House Public Affairs Committee moved to table HB-600, the Keisha Atkins Women's Protection Act, and HB-608, protecting doctors from being forced to perform abortions. Keisha’s mother, Tina testified for the bill which bears her daughter’s namesake, pleading with the committee to help “end late-term abortion in New Mexico-once and for all"
ACTION ALERT: CONTACT NM SENATORS BELOW TO STOP RADICAL ANTI-LIFE BILLS, HB 51, SB 153 (read more below).
Despite Tina’s heart-wrenching testimony, Representatives Liz Thompson (D-24), Andrea Romero (D-46), and Angelica Rubio(D-35) voted to table both bills, making that the third time they voted to continue abortion up to birth and infanticide. A big thank you to Dr. and Representative Gregg Schmedes and Representative Candy Ezzell for standing with doctors, women, and children, and voted against tabling the life-affirming bills.
The common-sense HB-600 & HB-608 addressed the concerns most New Mexicans have about late-term abortion, parental involvement in a minor's abortion and conscience protections for medical professionals.
HB 608 (an abortion-specific conscience protection) co-sponsor, Roswell, NM attorney, and Representative, Cathrynn Brown, "No doctor or medical professional should be coerced into taking a human life, that is what an abortion does. If we do not provide what HB 608 attempts to do, we are going to have a lot of lawsuits and physicians leave the state because doctors do not want to be forced to do what they find morally repugnant."
During testimony for both bills, Rep. Candy Ezell stated, "abortion is NOT health care for the babies."
Rep. Rod Montoya read a current UNM abortion policy that states, in abortions after 22 weeks "the intended abortus may be born with signs of life," but gives no indication of how the infant is cared for. He also read from the policy: "fetal demise can take up to 24 hours." The bill would also reduce the number of women who are injured or die from elective abortion after five months, like Keisha Atkins.
HELP STOP RADICAL ANTI-LIFE BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact Every Member of the Senate and Tell them to Oppose Abortion Up-To-Birth HB-51 and Assisted Suicide Bill SB-153/HB-90