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.
New Mexico Legislators Announce the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (HB 37) and Bill to Withhold Funding from UNM Health Sciences Center NMAFL Working With Legislators to Address Concerns
ALBUQUERQUE, NM-- Wednesday, New Mexico legislators held a press conference on the House floor at the New Mexico Capitol with Congressman Steve Pearce and New Mexico Alliance for Life's Elisa Martinez to announce HB 37, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and legislation to withhold funding from UNM Health Science Center (UNM HSC). Thanks to these leaders along with New Mexico Right to Life's Dauneen Dolce, the HUB of New Mexico Radio, the American Academy of Medical Ethics and all who attended.
The Born Alive Infant Protection Act is sponsored by Republican lawmakers Rod Montoya, David Gallegos, Rick Little and Yvette Herrell. The NMAFL draft legislation died in committee last year, and requires doctors to resuscitate babies - even those born as the result of an abortion - if they show signs of breathing, a heartbeat, clear movement or even a pulsation in the umbilical cord. Rep. Montoya read deposition testimony given to the Select Panel on Infant Lives, where the UNM OB-GYN Dept. chief, Eve Espey stated that "OB-Gyns do not resuscitate neonates," and that she did not see the "relevance" of the federal Born Alive Protection Act to her practice. It is for these reasons, NM legislators have introduced HB 37.
NMAFL's Elisa Martinez speaking on the NM House Floor
New Mexico pro-life legislators also announced proposing legislation to withhold funding from UNM HSC, if questions and concerns regarding public records and violations of federal and state law are not addressed. Leaders discussed the fact that the congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives sent two criminal referrals to Attorney General Hector Balderas for UNM HSC and Southwestern Women's Options last year-- yet UNM HSC officials have made no corrective action to address these issues.
UNM Denies Access to Public Records from Congressman Pearce, Legislators and NMAFL
Not only has UNM HSC taken no corrective action to address violations of law evidenced by the Select Panel's investigation, the UNM Board of Regents and UNM HSC officials have denied access to public records to New Mexico legislators, along with Congressman Pearce. UNM HSC has also refused to comply with public information requests filed by NMAFL to the point that NMAFL has filed a lawsuit against UNM HSC. NMAFL has worked closely with state legislators since 2015 in exposing the collaboration between University of New Mexico Health Science Center and Southwestern Women's Options in their aborted infant harvesting program and other issues.
"UNM Health Science Center in collaboration with Southwestern Women's Options has not provided a legal consent form to hundreds and likely thousands of New Mexico women to donate their aborted infants' body for research," said Elisa Martinez, NMAFL executive director. "As a woman and taxpayer of New Mexico, I demand accountability and that these practices that take advantage of women end, "said Elisa Martinez, NMAFL executive director.
Rep. Rod Montoya (R- Farmington)
Rep Dennis Roch (R- Logan)
"There is absolutely zero accountability at UNM Health Sciences," said Representative David Gallegos, "UNM's refusal to give an open and honest accounting of their abortion, research and procurement practices to state and congressional legislators is appalling." "Dr. Roth and his staff, while stiff-arming us for records requests that we needed to exercise proper oversight, at the same time as a member of the appropriations committee I was receiving requests from UNM, for increased funding in a lot of their areas, "said Representative Dennis Roch, "They certainly didn't mind talking to legislators about their need for dollars, but they certainly wouldn't give us any answers when we had questions about their ethical practices."
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R- Alamogordo)
ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR NM LEGISLATORS TODAY
Find out who your NM state senator and state representative are here. Contact both by email or phone and tell them to vote for HB 37 the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and to withhold funding from UNM HSC. Other Updates: HB 171 the assisted suicide bill, "End of Life Options" Act will be heard next week before the Judiciary committee. More analysis here.
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