On Friday, the New Mexico House of Representatives concurred with changes the state Senate made to the extreme H.B. 7 sponsored by Rep. Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe).
The bill, if signed, will force public bodies to facilitate abortions and “gender-affirming care” (transgender treatments and surgeries) or face lawsuits.
The bill also explicitly bans municipalities and counties from passing local laws to protect children in the womb from being aborted, meaning places like Roosevelt County would be banned from enforcing their ordinances.
The bill would “prohibit public bodies from discriminating against persons based on their use or non-use of reproductive or gender-affirming care,” meaning it could push teachers and any other public workers to support body mutilation for all ages, including children, as well as abortion, according to the bill’s fiscal impact report.
So-called “gender-affirming care” means “psychological, behavioral, surgical, medication, and other medical services to support a person’s gender identity,” while “public bodies” are defined as “state and local governments, commissions, or boards established by the state and any branches of state government, such as school districts and universities, that receive state funding.” It would also open up conscientious objectors to civil suits.
According to New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL), “Analysis provided by the ACLJ, reveals the legalized infanticide portion of HB 7 in section 3C mirrors language of radical California and Maryland bills that shocked the nation. In an effort to deceive the public, the abortion lobby behind HB 7 tried to sneak in the operative term, “perinatal” as a part of “reproductive health ” into another section, 2C. **Perinatal as defined in legal terms, encompasses up to 28 days after birth.”
The bill passed the House on concurrence 39-29, with Democrat Reps. Harry Garcia of Grants, D. Wonda Johnson of Church Rock, Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup, and Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde voting with all Republicans against the bill.
Now, the legislation heads to Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, where she has signaled she will sign it.
During the Senate debate on a similar bill, leftists attacked pro-life state Sen. Crystal Diamond (R-Deming) for opposing the anti-life legislation.
A left-wing Twitter account reportedly wrote, “The only thing that this going to top off the misogyny right now is for #senatebarbie @CrystalRDiamond to make some stupid comment that only applies to wealthy white conservative women.”
State Sen. Mark Moores (D-Bernalillo) said in response on the Senate floor, “I hope this body steps up and defends this senator, who is a hell of a senator,” adding, “You guys want to talk about misogyny. Let’s see if people in this chamber call out that kind of talk on Twitter. It’s inappropriate. I’m going to defend her. That was crap, Mr. President.”