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!