New Mexico Says No To Abortion Expansion

The passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in January was deeply grievous for the State of New York. However, the negative reaction to the RHA—and to the chilling celebration that accompanied it—continues to reverberate throughout the nation, emboldening the pro-life movement and weakening abortion expansion efforts in other states. This is cause for thanksgiving.

On March 14, 2019, the New Mexico Senate voted 24-18 to defeat an abortion expansion bill known as H.B. 51. House Bill 51 had previously passed the New Mexico House of Representatives by a 40-29 margin. According to the Washington Times, the bill’s unexpected defeat marked a “win” for pro-lifers and a “stinging defeat” for new Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (pictured) on “one of her signature issues.”

The defeat of H.B. 51 is indeed surprising. Since pro-life Republican Gov. Susana Martinez finished her second term in office on January 1, 2019 and pro-choice Democratic Gov. Lujan Grisham took office, New Mexico state government has been under unified Democratic control. However, eight Democratic members of the New Mexico Senate voted against H.B. 51.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins described the outcome as ‘a stunning victory for pro-lifers,’ and praised [Senate] Democrats who ‘dealt one of the most significant blows of the year to the extreme abortion camp.’ ‘New Mexico’s bill was supposed to be a slam dunk. But after New York, nothing on abortion is a sure thing — not anymore,’ said Mr. Perkins.”