Liberal lawmakers in New Mexico are pushing for what's being called the most extreme pro-abortion law in the nation.
The radical abortion-up-to-birth bill, known as HB 51, passed the New Mexico state House of Representatives by a 40-29 vote in an attempt to keep the practice legal through all nine months of pregnancy.
The bill removes conscience protections for health care professionals who believe it is wrong to abort unborn babies without any definitive state or federal protections. In addition, the bill even gives physicians who are not licensed the right to perform abortions.
Another egregious aspect of the legislation is its gross infringement upon parental rights. Fox News reports that the bill takes away the current law's requirement of parental notification for minors.
While lawmakers in New Mexicos are making their pro-abortion efforts known, those who oppose the bill are ensuring their voices are being heard as well.
The New Mexico Alliance for Life has publicized its mission in opposing HB 51. The group's goal is to empower women to make better and more informed choices when facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies, saying on its website, "HB 51 does not protect doctors; HB 51 strips away the only explicit conscience protection for doctors and other medical professionals that protect them from being forced to participate in abortions."
A recent survey showed 70 percent of New Mexicans oppose late-term abortions.
New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director Elisa Martinez released this statement after the bill was passed:
"HB-51 is the most extreme bill in the nation because it keeps elective abortion-up-to-birth, and also seeks to force medical professionals to participate in this practice by stripping away explicit conscience protections from the current statute. This bill is a Trojan horse backed by the national abortion lobby in order to establish abortion as a human right by removing so-called 'religious refusals' and turn every hospital, clinic and doctor's office into an abortion clinic or referral center," she charged.
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump urged Congress during his State of the Union address to pass legislation "to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb."
"Today and every day let us pray for the future of our country, let us pray for courage to pursue justice, and wisdom to forge peace," he said. "For a future where every child is warm, safe, in a loving home."
While several House Democrats joined Republicans to oppose the bill, the majority of them voted for the measure to go through.
Now, the bill moves to the state Senate for consideration where Democrats have a 26-16 majority. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to sign the bill if it reaches her desk.
Despite the growing number of concerns over pro-abortion laws, New Mexico remains home to one of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions, with more than 4,000 abortions performed each year.
You can make your voice heard on this measure. Visit New Mexico Alliance for Life for contact information.