By Dave Andrusko
As NRL News Today reported last week, a radical abortion-on-demand measure in New Mexico is just one step away from enactment.
Last Friday the state House passed HB 7 —the party line vote was 40-30—following similar approval in the state Senate earlier this month.
The cover story was perfectly illustrated by a post that ran Friday in the Los Alamos Reporter: “Legislation repealing New Mexico’s  outdated and dangerous ban on abortions is now on its way to the Governor’s desk after passing the House of Representatives today.”
As is the case in all states with laws passed prior to 1973, the statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade. Sponsors used the possible reversal of Roe to propose legislation that far exceeds the reach of the decision that overturned the abortion laws of all 50 states.
The pro-abortion governor is fully on board. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham “included it in her list of priorities at the beginning of the legislative session,” according to Susan Dunlap of the NM Political Report.
“Speaking shortly before the [House] vote, Lujan Grisham said she would sign the bill as soon as it reaches her desk,” reported Doug McKay for the Albuquerque Journal. “Lujan Grisham, a Democrat and former state health secretary, has pushed for repeal of the criminal abortion law since taking office in 2019.”
Republicans and a handful of Democrats opposed the bill in the state House.
“Republican Rep. Rebecca Dow spoke about her own unexpected pregnancy at 19 and hearing a heartbeat during an ultrasound,” McKay reported.
“’It changed the trajectory of my life,’ Dow said. My daughter ‘has been one of the most wonderful things I’ve done — to choose life for her.’”
As we reported last week, there was a great deal of conversation about conscience protections which Democrats brushed off as unneeded or already provided for in law.
But “Republicans said the health care decisions act isn’t adequate protection,” McKay reported.
“We are impacting the physicians who have no desire to be apart of this,” Rep. Ryan Lane, R-Aztec, said.
Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, described abortion as “horrific.”
“It’s the issue that will never go away until there’s justice,” she said.