Will the U.S. Supreme Court Force a Special Session in NM?

March 5

Dear Friends:

Although we concluded the 2020 Legislative Session just two weeks ago, there has already been talk about a Special Session! A Special Session can be called at any time by the Governor or by 3/5 of the members of the House and Senate. In this case, it was Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham who floated the idea in order to potentially address one of her key priorities—keeping abortion up to the moment of birth legal for any reason.

Will the Governor actually call a Special Session on abortion? The answer may very well depend on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding a Louisiana abortion law (June Medical Services v. Russo).

“[T]he governor would absolutely consider…calling a Special Session.” -Governor’s Spokeswoman(Santa Fe New Mexican, January 23, 2020)

In late January, the Santa Fe New Mexican released a statement from the Governor’s Office regarding the potential Special Session. With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider the constitutionality of a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, many believe this case may test the Court’s infamous decision in Roe v. Wade. Should Roe be overturned, New Mexico’s existing abortion statute would go into effect, limiting abortions to cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother. This possibility has the abortion industry scrambling to pass radical, pro-abortion legislation in states across the country, and New Mexico is one of their primary targets.

As recently reported by NM Political Report, Planned Parenthood now considers New Mexico to be a key state for abortion access moving forward and the abortion industry giant is already raising money to build a new abortion clinic in Albuquerque. The CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has described New Mexico and Colorado as “a little island” where women can travel to obtain late-term abortions and her description is sadly accurate. According the Department of Health, nearly 20% of abortions in New Mexico are obtained by women from out of state, and should other states continue to enact pro-life laws, expect New Mexico’s reputation as an abortion tourism destination to grow even more.

“…but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” -Daniel 11:32

During the past two Legislative Sessions, thousands of New Mexicans like you have helped us send a clear and powerful message to the Governor and our progressive legislators—that we oppose their radical abortion agenda. Given the Governor’s recent statements, however, it is clear that we have much more work to do and we need to stay alert. If a Special Session is called, we will need to mobilize and speak out like never before, and with your help, we will again make a difference.

Together, let’s continue our fight for a New Mexico where all life is cherished.

Thank you for standing for life!

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director