On Thursday, the New Mexico Right to Life Committee released information it received that the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood had been shipping out misleading flyers to folks all across the state claiming New Mexico’s current abortion restrictions (which are dormant due to Roe v. Wade) are comparable to women not being able to own a credit card or rent property.
The flyer reads, “One of these outdated laws are still on the books today,” adding, “Women aren’t allowed to own credit cards, rent property, or access abortion.” By virtue of Roe v. Wade, legally every single item Planned Parenthood lists is legal in New Mexico and can be obtained on-demand, including abortion up-to-birth.
The flyer then instructs those who receive the mailer to “be bold” and “remove the ban” by tearing off a portion of the flyer requesting personal information and placing it in the mail to send to state legislators. This portion reads, “Remove the old abortion ban and oppose any amendments that restrict access to abortion.”
“There are also many good people who I personally know who are registered Democrats who are Pro-life and find this material offensive,” said Ethel Maharg of the New Mexico Right to Life Committee. “Many I’m told were confused about this flyer and automatically filled it out and sent the card back. Do NOT mail the card back. It will serve as a petition for them,” she said.
“What I do want you to see is that it is manipulative and degrading to women as if they are stupid. They are glamorizing it with using owning credit cards and property, while we know they target impoverished minorities who will have neither, but will have an abortion because it has been paid for by your and my tax dollars. Since when is it ‘outdated’ to love life? Pay attention to this word. They are using it repeatedly as part of their messaging.”
Gov. Lujan Grisham has outlined legalizing abortion up-to-birth as one of her top legislative priorities in the 2021 Legislative Session, so New Mexicans should begin calling and emailing their legislators requesting they oppose any amendment or bill that would try to repeal protections for women, as the Governor has proposed. In 2019, the Governor failed to ram through her extreme abortion bill, HB-51, however, due to the unexpected death and primary losses of pro-life Democrats in the Legislature, it is more probable she may have the votes to push this agenda forward.
The 55th Legislature opens on January 19 and it is closed to the public. Recently, the Governor erected a fence around the Capitol to prohibit the people of New Mexico from entering the perimeter.
If New Mexicans do not know who their legislators are, they can look them up by address here.