Ignoring the wide public support for a 20-week abortion ban, New Mexico Democrats killed two bills Tuesday that would have protected these late-term babies from abortion.
The bills failed in a state Senate committee vote Wednesday after an hours-long debate about abortion, according to The New Mexico Political Report. The bill failed in a party-line vote of 5-4, the report states.
The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Sharer, would have banned abortions at 20 weeks when unborn babies can feel pain and defined viability as “when the life of the unborn child may be continued indefinitely by natural or artificial life-supportive systems.”
Before the vote, Sharer showed a picture of his granddaughter Scarlett, who was born premature, to the committee members, according to the report. He asked them to think about what could have happened if Scarlett’s mother had been diagnosed with a disease late in her pregnancy.
“Does that mean a doctor can cut up [Scarlett’s] heart and little lungs, little eyes, little liver, because her mother is ill?” he asked. “Six month old babies can be a pain. What if mom simply doesn’t want her anymore?
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