New Mexico Bill Requiring Abortionists to Care for Babies Born Alive Dies in Committee

Newborn Credit Tomasz Kobosz-compressedSANTA FE, N.M. — A proposed bill in New Mexico that would have required abortionists to care for babies that survive abortion attempts has died in committee.

H.B. 275 had been introduced by Reps. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, and Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and would make it a felony punishable with life imprisonment for abortionists to fail to care for a child who shows signs of life.

“A physician attempting to perform an abortion shall take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a born alive infant,” it reads, noting that the newborn child is to be considered a legal person under state law and entitled to all subsequent rights.

The bill further outlines that “[i]f an attempt to perform an abortion performed in a facility other than a hospital results in a live birth, a physician attending the abortion shall provide immediate medical care to the infant and call the 911 emergency response system for an emergency transfer of the infant to a hospital that shall provide medically appropriate and reasonable care and treatment to the infant.”

However, on Saturday, the New Mexico House Health Committee voted 6-4 against the bill, which was opposed largely by Democrats and state physicians.

“I’m very happy it went down,” Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “This bill is taken almost verbatim from a national organization committed to outlawing abortion. It vilifies doctors and scares everyone away from access to care.”

But some testified in favor of the legislation during a public hearing on Thursday, including one local resident who said that she knew of an abortionist who stabbed a baby after it survived the procedure.

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“This legislation supplements the federal Infant Born Alive Protection Act and ensures these babies receive the same proper care as any newborn,” Montoya stated. “Due to the lack of any current regulation of the abortion industry in New Mexico, there is no indication whether or not the existing law is being enforced since there is no accountability. How can we expect any industry, like the abortion industry, to self-report against their own perceived self-interest?”

The bill follows an investigation into the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center by the New Mexico Alliance for Life. The group found that while the Center acknowledged in its protocol that some children survive abortions, it did not provide direction on how to care for such infants or suggest that any aid be provided at all.

As previously reported, lawmakers in New Hampshire likewise struck down a bill last week requiring abortionists to care for born alive infants, as well as legislation that would have banned abortionists from performing dilation and extraction abortions, also known as dismemberment abortions.

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  • Josey

    The whole thing is so disgusting!

  • Becky

    One day, abortion will be ended forever.

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8

  • Margaret Collins

    This grieves me to my core. Our nation has lost its heart and soul.

  • acontraryview

    No surprise. The bill, as written, was badly flawed and would not have held up to legal challenge.

  • Nogods

    Don’t worry my Christian friends, abortion is Jesus-approved. He is completely unconcerned with this issue and has once again decided to sit this one out. If he didn’t want abortion to happen, he would do something about it. He is all-powerful, remember. And his complete silence should tell you that he just doesn’t care. Don’t mess with his plan. So just go back to hating gays, Jews, black people, and anyone else not exactly like you – there is nothing to see here.

  • Rick

    This is the nail in the coffin for the pro-death group. It’s not about “women’s rights”, it’s about sanctity of life and whether a child’s life is of value or not. These groups of butchers and those who support them has grown into another arena for murder and infanticide.
    Their dark hearts have revealed their true motives.

  • FoJC_Forever

    The little ones are with Jesus right now. Their blood shall be avenged upon the Wicked.

    If you’ve had an abortion or performed them, confess your sin to the LORD and seek His forgiveness. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. No excuses, just your confession of sin can open the door to His mercy and grace.

    Follow Jesus, find Peace.