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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