New Mexico Alliance for Life applauds the motion made today by Sen. William Sharer to send HB 390 to NM Senate Floor. Senator Pete Campos was the only Democrat to vote for motion, but sadly Late-Term Abortion Ban fails to be heard
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez calls on Senate to reject motion to hear HB 390, protects "order of committee process" over the sanctity of life. 23 Senate Democrats vote in lock step with abortion industry to keep abortion legal up to the day of birth in NM.
In yet another partisan manner, 23 New Mexico Senate Democrats voted today to block HB 390 from moving to the Senate Floor for a fair vote. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (D- Los Lunas) insists that the voice of the people of New Mexico and the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of unborn children were less important than the "order of the committee system." With one day remaining in the 2015 Legislature, he and the 22 Senate Democrats who voted in lock step with the abortion industry blocked any further progress for HB 390, the Late-Term Abortion Ban. New Mexico Alliance for Life applauds the motion made by Senator William Sharer (R-Farmington) and 15 other Senators (16 total) including sole Democrat, Pete Campos (D-Las Vegas) for voting for the motion to move HB 390 to the Senate Floor. New Mexico Alliance for Life will post the vote roll call as soon as it is available, stay tuned for more details soon.
New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director, Elisa Martinez stated, "It is a sad day for New Mexicans who are fed up with the abortion industry fighting against the voice of the people and obviously influencing our elected officials to do the same," Martinez said, "We will continue to expose the profiteering interests of the abortion industry as well as holding our elected officials accountable to us, and not the extreme and regressive positions of the abortion industry."
Stay tuned for more information to follow in the coming days. Thank you to all our supporters and for those who took a courageous stand in defending the lives of premature unborn babies, women and our girls.
Not Safe & Not Rare in New Mexico, TAKE ACTION NOW to End New Mexico's Late-Term Abortion Capital Distinction
LATE-TERM ABORTION IS NOT SAFE & NOT RARE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW MEXICO
Business as usual yesterday at Albuquerque's Late-Term Abortion facility, the largest in the country. Women travel from across the country and other parts of the world to New Mexico for elective late-term abortion up to the day of birth. The barbaric procedure is a week long process with a 91 times greater risk of death for women than first trimester abortion. New Mexico has the highest percentage of late-term abortions in the country according to the CDC.
This is why New Mexico Alliance for Life is calling on New Mexico Democrat Senators to take a courageous stand to join the 42 states and 191 countries that have already banned barbaric late-term abortion. This is not a partisan issue or a religious issue. It is a human rights issue.
Dr. Anthony Levatino, a pro-life OB/GYN in Las Cruces who formerly preformed over one hundred late-term abortions, testified before the NM Senate Public Affairs Committee and described just how barbaric late-term abortion is. Some pro-abortion advocates chose to cover their ears, as others remained riveted. We hope that the reality of this gruesome and unnecessary practice awakens the minds of those who have denied the truth-- that late-term abortion is not safe, it is not rare and kills a viable human being. Additionally, Dr. Maryrose Turner explained in detail the exponential risk of late-term abortion for women is "off the charts," and so dangerous "the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology stops collecting data after 21 weeks." You can see her op-ed "Late-term abortions put women as well as unborn at risk" in the Albuquerque Journal.
Both medical experts provided testimony at the Senate Public Affairs hearing on Sunday, where five Democrat state senators representing a single county of the 33 in the entire state, chose to ignore the legal, medical and statistical facts while making a mockery of the hearing. One county does not and should not represent the state as a whole. Rather than submitting a single question to the expert panel, these senators chose to issue politicized statements that were obviously prepared beforehand in what amounted to nothing short of a sham hearing. Senators Ivey Soto and Jacob Candelaria did not even bother to read the bill as they repeatedly referenced inaccurate and irrelevant information during the HB 390 hearing. Democrat Chairman Ortiz y Pino announced they were "not qualified" to make these decisions but in a partisan manner, he and each Senate Democrat on the committee made the admittedly unqualified decision to table both bills -- voting to block both HB 390 Late-Term Abortion Ban and HB 391 Parental Notification for Abortion. These Democrat senators representing Bernalillo county include: Senator Ortiz y Pino, Senator Ivey- Soto, Senator Jacob Candelaria, Senator Bill O'Neill, Senator Mimi Stewart. New Mexico Alliance for Life applauds the votes for HB 390 and HB 391 from Senator Craig Brandt, Senator Gay Kernan and Senator Ron Griggs.
With three days remaining in 2015 Legislature, it is urgent our leaders take a bold stand in protecting viable unborn children whose lives are being snuffed out by late-term abortion and for the young girls taken for abortions without their parents knowledge. These issues are so appalling and horrific that they require emergency action taken by our state Senate. Make sure to use points made in this email when contacting NM State Senators.
We, the citizens of New Mexico call on the NM state Senate to vote to send the Late-Term Abortion Ban (HB 390) and Parental Notification (HB 391) to the Senate Floor for a full vote. We call on our leaders to represent us, and not the profiteering agenda of the abortion industry and their paid activists.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NM STATE SENATOR AND THE SENATORS LISTED WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. TELL THEM TO SEND HB 390 AND HB 391 TO THE SENATE FLOOR. LIVES ARE AT STAKE.
New Mexico Alliance for Life Calls on a Fair Up or Down Vote in Full Senate for Common-Sense Protections HB 390 AND HB 391 After Sham Committee Hearing
URGENT ACTION: CALL NM STATE SENATORS TODAY
New Mexico Alliance for Life is calling on the New Mexico State Senate to hear HB 390 the Late-Term Abortion Ban and 391 Parental Notification of Abortion Act on the Senate Floor, after the sham hearing before Senate Public Affairs committee. Additionally the New Mexico Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Albuquerque Journal called on these bills to be voted on by the full Senate because of the life and death nature and New Mexico's growing status as a destination for the barbaric practice of late-term abortion.
"Yesterday five Senate Democrats not only ignored testimony from former late-term abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, describing the barbaric late-term abortion procedures but Senators Ivey Soto and Jacob Candelaria repeatedly referenced the incorrect version of HB 390 which did not include the adopted amendments," said Elisa Martinez, New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director. "Last week Senate Democrats promised HB 390 and HB 391 would receive a fair hearing in the committees which they were assigned and that did not happen."
After last week's attempt to send both HB 390 and HB 391 to a "Committee of the Whole," supporters of these bills were told by Senate Democrats that it must work its way through the committee process and would receive a fair hearing.
However, the Senate Public Affairs hearing lacked intellectual honesty. Sens. Daniel Ivey-Soto and Jacob Candelaria referenced versions of the bill without the adopted amendments as a defense to support abortion up to the day of birth and did not submit a single question to the expert witness panel, including New Mexico Alliance for Life attorney who helped draft the legislation. In criticizing the bill, Ivey-Soto quoted a line that had already been removed by amendment weeks ago-- in the first hearing, irresponsibly haranguing the bill's sponsor on language no longer in the bill. More troubling, Ivey-Soto claimed that the Late-Abortion Ban Act has a criminal penalty. While the existing Partial Birth Abortion Ban statute has a criminal penalty, the proposed Late-Term Abortion Ban Act-- the actual legislation he voted on does not.
"It is troubling and tragic that while considering a matter of life and death, Senators Ivey-Soto and Jacob Candelaria did not use the current version of the bill, effectively making their decision to allow innocent, unborn children to continue to be killed up to the day of birth, based off of inaccurate information," Martinez added. "This is nothing short of disrespect to the people of New Mexico, the conduct of Senators Ivey-Soto and Candelaria in this life and death matter was entirely irresponsible ."
With five days left in the 2015 Legislative Session New Mexico Alliance for Life calls on Senate Democrats to to send HB 390 and HB 391 to a vote on the Senate Floor. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NM STATE SENATOR AND THE SENATORS LISTED WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. TELL THEM TO SEND HB 390 AND HB 391 TO THE SENATE FLOOR. LIVES ARE AT STAKE.
WE NEED EVERY PRO-LIFE NEW MEXICAN IN SANTA FE SUNDAY AT THE CAPITOL TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR Late-Term Abortion Ban Act (HB390)
and Parental Notification for Abortion Act (HB391)
Four Senators in Senate Public Affairs Hold the Vote to Pass or Kill the Late-Term Abortion Ban (HB390) and Parental Notification (HB391)
Sunday could be our last chance to show Senators, New Mexicans do not support our state being the LATE-TERM ABORTION CAPITAL of the U.S. and a place where sex traffickers and statutory rapists can take minor girls for abortions without their parents' knowledge. The abortion industry has tried to tell us "this is a private decision- government has no place." However, New Mexico taxpayers are forced to subsidize abortions, in particular, LATE-TERM ABORTIONS at a cost of $8,000- $16,000 per termination. Whether the abortion industry likes it or not, government is already involved-- forcing New Mexico taxpayers to fund costly, elective late-term abortions. As tax paying New Mexicans, we all have a say in the matter. Additionally government has a responsibility in protecting its citizens. Government has a responsibility to protect women from an unsafe, and unregulated late-term abortion industry, when the risk of death is 91 times greater than earlier abortions. The late- term abortion industry is not disclosing these risks to women and is not providing them with medical supervision during the week long procedure- when they leave the clinic each day throughout this highly dangerous process. Late term abortion in New Mexico is not safe. It is not rare. The state of New Mexico also has a responsibility to protect human life at the point of viability, to start regulating the health and safety risks to women, to enforce the Infant Born Alive Protection Act and join 47 other states protecting women, girls and unborn children from unsafe and unnecessary late-term abortion. On Tuesday, ALL Senate Democrats, including those who call themselves "Pro-Life" voted against hearing House Bills 390 (Late Term Abortion Ban) and 391 (Parental Notification of Abortion) to a full Senate Vote. Instead the bills were sent to the Senate Public Affairs Committee to be heard THIS SUNDAY March 15, tentatively in the afternoon (We do not know the time yet but will update once that becomes available.) See TODAY's Albuquerque Journal Editorial: Important Bills Deserve Full Senate Consideration.
THIS MEANS WE NEED EVERY PRO-LIFE NEW MEXICO IN SANTA FE SUNDAY TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT CALLING THE SENATORS BELOW. (see NM Alliance for Life FACT SHEET for Talking Points)
The Senate Public Affairs Committee is comprised of five Democrats and three Republicans -- so we need two Democrats to VOTE YES to pass the bill out of committee and over to Senate Judiciary Committee where they will be heard again and then hopefully to the full Senate for passage.
Please continue to email and call the Senators below especially if you live in their districts. Let them know you are their constituent and will be watching how they vote. Also contact your NM State Senator (find here) and ask them to support HB 390 and HB 39. We cannot stress enough how important contacting these key members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee to Vote YES on passing the bills from their committees to the full Senate for a vote. If you've already contacted the Senators, it doesn't hurt to contact them again. And be sure to share with family and friends.
Jerry Ortiz y Pino
If these bills do not pass the Senate Committees, they will not make it to a full vote on the Senate floor where we expect these bills can pass and move to the Governor's desk. Essentially, these Senators are the "gatekeepers."
THERE IS A REAL CHANCE FOR THESE BILLS TO PASS THE FULL SENATE WHICH IS WHY THE PRO-ABORTION INDUSTRY IS INTENSELY FIGHTING US. Make your calls and emails today and join the New Mexico Alliance for Life in Santa Fe Sunday.
ONLY 10 Days Left-- Keep Pushing Forward to Protect Women, Girls & Unborn Children from an Unsafe Abortion Industry
VOTE TO EXPEDITE HB 390 & HB 391 FAILS ON PARTY-LINE VOTE
With just 7 days left for Committee Hearings, and 3 days for Floor Hearings the Senate voted straight-party (all R's voted yes, all D's voted no) NOT to hear HB 390 (Late-Term Abortion Ban) and HB 391 (Parental Notification for Abortion) in the "Committee of the Whole" but instead sent the bills to two very difficult committees: Senate Public Affairs and Senate Judiciary. Thank you to Sen. Bill Payne, Sen. Stuart Ingle, Sen. Cliff Pirtle and Sen. John Ryan and Sen. Bill Sharer who courageously defended the vote to expedite this urgent matter of life and death.
PLEASE SEND this telling video to Public Affairs and Judiciary Committee members. We ask these Senators if this is an acceptable standard of healthcare for women? Left alone to deliver a dead baby in a hotel room toilet, where there is 91 times greater risk of death than an earlier abortion? Without medical supervision, over the course of 3-4 days, when it's more dangerous than natural birth? "THE PRACTICE OF LATE-TERM ABORTION IS ON THE FRINGE OF MEDICINE," Dr. Maryrose Turner, MD.
STAY TUNED FOR COMMITTEE DATES: Time is running out . . . BUT still can't let up on these Senators and make our voices heard . . .
URGENT ACTION - LIVES AT STAKE
With the 2015 Legislative Session Quickly Winding Down, What Will You Do To Help Save Lives?
As we give thanks for the historic pro-life bipartisan vote by the New Mexico House of Representatives in favor of Late-Term Abortion Ban (HB 390) and Parental Notification for Abortion (HB391) (see how your Rep voted), WE MUST ACT NOW LIKE NEVER BEFORE TO GET THESE COMMON SENSE BILLS THROUGH THE SENATE. PLEASE PLAN THIS WEEK TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION TO HELP. There is HOPE and victory is in our sights -- for the lives of precious unborn children, the safety of women and protection of our girls is at stake. The abortion-industry lobby is fighting these bills with paid-activists just as hard, if not harder, because of what's at stake for them.
Passing these Pro-LIFE bills won't become reality without YOUR HELP. The landscape of New Mexico will not change unless the people of New Mexico stand together and DEMAND our leaders listen to us. Remember -- our elected officials work for us, they are public servants and their duty is to serve us, the public. Your actions to hold them accountable speaks VOLUMES.
Historic Milestone for Pro-Life Bills, BUT it's FAR from Over to Protecting Women & Unborn in NM
HB390 & HB391 Pass the House But Senators Need to Hear from You to Get the Bills to the Governor's Desk.
The New Mexico Legislature is at a critical juncture. The Late-Term Abortion Ban Act (HB390) and Parental Notification for Abortion Act (HB391) will soon head to the Senate.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
You're calls, emails and legislative visits mean the difference between the passage or failure of the Late-Term Abortion Ban (HB390) and Parental Notification (HB391) - innocent, unborn lives are at stake.
New Mexico Alliance for Life expects the Late-Term Abortion Ban (HB390) and Parental Notification (HB391) bills to head to Senate Committees next week. We need now pro-life supporters now more than ever to continually contact the State Senators below, especially if you live in their districts (let them know if you are in their district).