By Vince Torres, Executive Director
Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton in Washington D.C. at NARAL’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. NARAL is a national, radical pro-abortion group that advocates for abortion up-to-birth while opposing protections for babies born alive after botched abortions.
The Governor’s presence and participation at the event was not a surprise. During her gubernatorial campaign last year, Governor Lujan Grisham received hefty contributions from the abortion industry and NARAL provided a formal endorsement.
What was surprising, however, was the Governor’s ironic and misguided characterization of NARAL’s work. On the eve of the event, the Governor took to Twitter to praise NARAL for their “defense…of human rights.”
Will all due respect, Governor—killing babies is not “human rights” work.
Killing babies is a human rights violation.
Even after experiencing the most significant setback in her political agenda so far—the defeat of the radical abortion bill, HB51—it is clear that Governor Lujan Grisham remains out of step with the majority of New Mexicans on the issue of life. In fact, recent polling suggests that she is even out of step with a majority of self-proclaimed “pro-choice” Americans.
Consider these statistics from a February 2019 poll:
- 68% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion the day before a child is born;
- 66% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester; and
- 77% of pro-choice Americans oppose removing medical care for a viable child.
How does New Mexico fit in to these numbers? Well…
- New Mexico allows abortion up to the moment of birth;
- New Mexico allows unrestricted abortion in the third trimester;
- New Mexico does not require medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions; and
- As uncovered by our friends at New Mexico Alliance for Life, aborted baby parts were harvested for years at one of our state’s major universities (UNM).
As so eloquently stated by Mother Teresa, “Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.”
If Governor Lujan Grisham wants to work on “human rights,” perhaps she should begin by addressing the egregious human rights violations taking place right here at home, on our most vulnerable population—the preborn children of New Mexico.