Take Action Now! Tell Judiciary Committee to Vote No on the Radical Abortion Bill!
Last week hundreds of you urged your Senators to Vote No on Senate Bill 10, where Family Policy Alliance had the opportunity to provide testimony.
Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. the
House Judiciary will have its
second hearing on
Then click on “Leave Public Comment” in the upper left hand corner of the page to enter the meeting.
Please click here to send a message to members of this committee and urge them to vote no on House Bill 7, the radical abortion up to birth bill! This bill is being is being rammed through, so act now!
House Bill 7 would repeal New Mexico state law (§ 30-5-1 to § 30-5-3), having the effect of:
- codifying abortion-up-to-birth in our state;
- removing conscience protections for medical providers; and
- putting women’s health at risk by lowering the medical standards of care for women seeking an abortion.
Two of these are easy to understand why we are opposed. But we often get asked:
Why do we need state law conscience protections if federal law already protects doctors’ rights of conscience?
Federal conscience protections are not enough to protect doctors and health care providers if they respectfully decline to participate in an abortion. Currently, NM law (§ 30-5-2) prohibits health care providers from being punished if they are persecuted for their religious beliefs and allows them to take court action to protect their right to freedom of conscience and belief.
- State law (§ 30-5-2) protects every medical health care provider (hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other employees) from being punished for exercising their rights to conscience and belief. Federal law only offers some protection for some hospitals (those that receive federal funding) and some healthcare providers (those participating in a federally funded program).
- State law (§ 30-5-2) protects all hospitals and all health care providers and their employees from being sued for declining to perform an abortion. Federal law does not.
- State law (§ 30-5-2) prohibits a doctor or nurse from being disciplined or fired for declining to participate in an abortion. Federal law does not. (Federal law may fine a health care provider for violating the law, but it does not protect a doctor’s job.)
- State law (§ 30-5-2) allows doctors and health care providers to sue if their religious beliefs and rights to conscience are violated. Federal law does not.
Please send a message to your Representatives now and tell them our doctors deserve better. New Mexicans deserve better. Urge them to Vote No on House Bill 7.
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team