On Tuesday, the New Mexico state Senate passed H.B. 7 by Rep. Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Katy Duhigg (D-Rio Rancho) to 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.
After debate in the Senate, the chamber passed the bill 23-15, now sending it back to the House after amendments made in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If the House passes the bill on concurrence, it will then go to the governor for a signature, and Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already signaled her support.
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.”
NMAFL’s executive director wrote following the vote, “Today was a tragic day for our state as a majority of New Mexico Senate Dems voted in favor of radical HB7’s unscientific infanticde, abortion and transgender mandate. It’s really shameful that the sponsors misled the public throughout this process, until today, Senator Duhigg admits HB 7 is indeed a mandate and aims to “change behavior” regardless of conscience objections, long-term health impact, and parent’s rights.”