New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed a bill repealing the state’s decades-old law which outlawed abortion except in certain circumstances. The bill will overturn the 1969 abortion ban and ensure that abortion remains legal in the state with no major restrictions on abortion in place, even in the event that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, is overturned.
According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, currently, “New Mexico does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states.”
“Anyone who seeks to violate bodily integrity, or to criminalize womanhood, is in the business of dehumanization,” said Lujan Grisham in a statement. “New Mexico is not in that business — not anymore. Our state statutes now reflect this inviolable recognition of humanity and dignity.” But there is nothing about killing a preborn child that is either humane or dignified.
Abortion itself completely dehumanizes an entire class of human beings — those living in the womb. Abortion is the direct and intentional killing of innocent humans. It is not health care because it is never medically necessary to deliberately target and kill a human being. Abortion does not heal anyone, but rather leads to an increased risk of depression, alcohol and drug use, and suicidal thoughts for women who undergo the life-ending, life-altering procedure.
All abortion procedures include an aspect of violence, but perhaps the most horrific way to kill a preborn child is the most commonly used second-trimester D&E abortion. In this brutal procedure, even children who are old enough to live outside the womb are killed when the abortionists dismembers them — ripping their arms and legs from their torsos before crushing their skulls. Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino explains the procedure in the video below:
In addition to ensuring abortion remains legal in New Mexico through all nine months of pregnancy, the new law also removes conscience protections for pro-life medical workers who do not want to participate in abortion. Prior to this new law, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff were legally protected from being forced to commit or participate in abortions against their will. Without those protections in place, Sen. Gregg Schmedes (R) warned that many doctors could leave New Mexico.
The bill repealed a portion of the previous law that stated hospitals would not be required to admit patients for abortions and that hospital employees or staff would not be required to participate in abortions on moral or religious grounds, nor would they be disciplined for it.
The bill also repealed a portion of the previous law that had assigned criminal penalties to anyone administering a substance to a woman in an attempt to cause an abortion, including a second-degree felony for killing a woman in the process.
It is unclear if this means that no penalties will be assigned to someone who administers an abortion drug to a woman against her will.
According to US News, out-of-state women account for 25% of New Mexico abortions, which means this new law will affect women and babies even outside of the state. Other states have been taken similar steps to ensure abortion remains legal in their state, even up until birth, including Vermont, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts.
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