On Wednesday, the House Health and Human Services Committee met to consider H.B. 160, a commonsense proposal to protect women during COVID-19 by implementing safety protocols at abortion clinics during the pandemic.
The proposal, sponsored by state Reps. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo & Sierra), Rod Montoya (R-San Juan), James Strickler (R-San Juan), and Rep. Luis Terrazas (R-Doña Ana, Grant & Sierra) would require the New Mexico Department of Health to “establish and require specific health and safety protocols to be used at facilities at which abortions are performed to prevent the spread” of COVID-19 by July 1, 2021.
The bill states, “The requirements shall include requirements for the use of personal protective equipment, capacity restrictions, enhanced screening procedures and self-isolation and self-quarantine for persons traveling into New Mexico from high-risk areas and low-risk areas.”
“The requirements shall remain in effect as long as any public health order is in effect pursuant to the Public Health Act for the purpose of controlling or abating the coronavirus disease 2019.”
However, Republican-turned “Declined to State” Rep. Phelps Anderson of Roswell voted with the seven radical Democrat members to kill the pro-life bill, making this the second anti-life vote he has made in the committee this legislative session. The final vote was 8-2, with pro-life Rep. Luis Terrazas (R-Doña Ana, Grant & Sierra) being excused for the vote.
Rep. Anderson previously voted for an abortion up-to-birth and infanticide bill peddled by pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, among other dark money organizations.