In the midst of these challenging times, I am proud to bring you some good news in the form of another pro-life victory in our state.
Recently, the Cimarron Village Council passed a pro-life resolution affirming the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. The resolution was introduced by Council Member Matthew Gonzales and it was unanimously passed by the four Democrats and lone Republican on the Council.
The Council resolution states in part:
“[W]e, the members of the Cimarron Village Council, declare that innocent human life, including fetal life, must always be protected and that Society must protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
The Village of Cimarron now joins at least five other New Mexico local governments that have passed pro-life resolutions around the state. This list includes the Lea County Commission, the Eddy County Commission, the Hidalgo County Commission, the Roswell City Council, and the Kirtland Town Council.
While New Mexico is infamously regarded as the “late-term abortion capital of the country,” these local governments are trying to reverse the culture of death in our state by promoting a culture of life. We applaud them, and we ask the question:
Which local government will be next?
As previously reported, County Commissioner James Martinez has proposed a pro-life resolution in Rio Arriba County, but it has not yet been voted on. If your county, city, town, or village is not on this list, please consider contacting your local County Commissioner or Council Member this week and ask them to introduce a similar resolution.
Together, let’s send a message to the abortion industry—that New Mexico is a pro-life state!
Standing with you for life,
President & Executive Director
To read the Village of Cimarron’s pro-life resolution in its entirety, please click here.
We have seen major progress on the pro-life front in Kansas this year. First, our legislature was the first to pass a resolution condemning the New York abortion law that removed basic protections for women and their preborn children. Second, by passing the abortion pill reversal informed consent law we joined seven other states in ensuring women are given important information about the possibility of reversing a chemical abortion.
This progress isn’t only happening in Kansas. We are seeing major progress in many states across the country. After having no major pro-life bills enacted in the last several years, Georgia passed a bill that provides women with resources to help them care for their babies and bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected. Our ally in Georgia, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia®, worked closely with many of the drivers of the bill in the state. We’ve seen these bills passed in several states over the last several years.
The bill in Georgia though has earned the ire of Hollywood and the media. While events such as the passage of the horrific abortion bill in New York, the defeat of the same bill in Virginia, the release of the movie Unplanned, and many other pro-life wins have led to the confluence of support around the life movement, these events are also driving major opposition from the culture of death. Actors and actresses have threatened to refuse to film movies in Georgia and have called for national boycotts.
While it is not the right time for a Heartbeat bill in Kansas for several reasons, we want to support our friends who are under assault for their stand for life. Further, we want to encourage other states to fight for legislation that will protect babies. If you haven’t already, please sign our pledge to Keep the Beat in Georgia and across the country.
Keeping the Beat,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
This has been the foundational question for our country for the year. Just Monday, even though both of Kansas’ U.S. Senators voted in favor of the Born Alive Protection Bill, the US Senate as a whole failed to pass the bill which, at its core, bans infanticide. Even as a growing number of American’s are recognizing just how radical the pro-abortion movement is, our federal legislature has not been able to do anything. However, in Kansas conservative legislators are making progress on passing legislation to protect life.
As we told you several weeks ago, the Kansas Senate was the first legislative body in the country to condemn New York’s abortion bill and bills like it. This bill will have a hearing in the House on March 7th. This was a huge victory for our state because it unequivocally declares that Kansans value life.
Another bill that we are working on with our allies at Kansans for Life is an Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Bill. Last week we had a hearing in the House on this bill (HB 2274). It simply requires a woman to be told that it may be possible to reverse her chemical abortion. More than half of abortions performed in Kansas are done via the abortion pill.
The abortion pill is a two-step process. The first pill blocks the baby from receiving nutrients – which slowly starves the baby, then 24-48 hours later a second pill is taken that expels the dead baby from the woman’s body. There are countless stories of women frantically calling clinics and searching the internet for a possible way to save their baby after taking the first pill.
Several years ago, Dr. George Delgado realized that a common treatment for a woman experiencing a natural miscarriage, injecting progesterone, could be used to help women who had already taken the first abortion pill. The logic behind abortion reversal is straightforward. Instead of taking the second pill, the pregnant woman is given large dosages of “progesterone in order to counteract the first pill.” Hundreds of babies, like Baby Gabriel who is featured in this story, have already been saved using this method.
This is an opportunity for life and hope for these women. If you want to help save babies like Gabriel, let your representatives know that you support this bill – we have made it simple for you to do so in our Action Center.
We are at a critical stage in the session – it is important that they know that you support woman having hope beyond abortion.
Director of Advocacy
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (District 10) on the Senate floor quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.
The news across the country lately—and even in our own state Capitol—has shocked many. Ideas that have been and should be unthinkable, like infanticide, have been discussed as normal. Or in the words of one Kansas legislator, regarding the heinous New York abortion law, “appropriate.” In fact, the New York law has already allowed a murderer not to be charged with the death of a preborn child even though he murdered a pregnant woman.
During debate on a pro-life resolution on Wednesday in Topeka, one Senator claimed that we didn’t want the rest of our country to see Kansans as backward. If it’s “backward” to condemn infanticide, late-term abortion, or removing basic protections for women in abortion law, then we at Family Policy Alliance of Kansas are proud to be “backward.”
The good news is that today, the Kansas Senate became the first legislative body in the country to officially condemn New York’s outrageous abortion law. Kansas is a state that cherishes life, and we are appalled that any state in the United States would believe that New York’s law is acceptable – much less something to celebrate. This was a monumental day for the state of Kansas as we lead the discussion in the nation on the value of human life!
You can read our full press release on this resolution here. We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Senators Mary Pilcher-Cook, Susan Wagle, Ty Masterson, Caryn Tyson, and Julia Lynn in cherishing life. Now the resolution heads to the House of Representatives, where Statesmen Academy alum, Susan Humphries, will lead the discussion.
In other positive news from this week, another Statesmen Academy alum, Renee Erickson, introduced H.B. 2288 that will clarify and enshrine in law the religious speech protection for all students and educators. This bill protects students’ rights to voluntarily express their faith and to pray on school grounds. It further clarifies a grey area of the law regarding the protections that faculty and coaches have when it comes to their religious beliefs. This bill simply reinforces that schools cannot discriminate against a student or an educator for holding and living out their beliefs in a public school. If you would like to read our press release on this topic, you can do so here.
However, we are also fighting several pieces of legislation that are aimed at keeping people of faith from the public square. Last week, we let you know about a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as special “protected classes” in the law. Many of you responded to our action alert asking legislators to not let this bill move forward in order to protect the right of everyone to live in accordance with their beliefs. Your voices are being heard, but lawmakers still need to hear from you on this issue! If you haven’t contacted the committees overseeing this bill, and would like to, you can access our action center here.
This week a new threat surfaced. A bill that would harm the right of counselors to help their patients—and prevent children from accessing basic talk therapy to help with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity struggles—has been brought forward. Banning this type of counseling censors the speech of licensed counselors by prohibiting them from offering acceptance, support and understanding of a patient’s own goals for change. This ban would not allow patients to deal with their struggles in the way they choose. Therapy ban bills permit the government to unconstitutionally impose their favored viewpoint on sex and sexuality on all healthcare professionals.
We are facing some serious battles not only across the country, but also in Kansas. New York and Virginia did not become a state where infanticide was possible overnight. Rather, little by little these ideas became normalized. When we have Senators in our own state saying that laws that allow infanticide are “appropriate” we must remain vigilant. This is not what we want for Kansas. We will continue to let you know how these things develop throughout the session. Be on the lookout for specific times that your voices are needed to contact your legislators.
Thank you for standing with us,
Director of Advocacy