Legislators Look to Expand Late-Term Abortions in New Mexico and Vermont

President Trump at the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast
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Today, President Donald Trump spoke at the 67th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. At the breakfast, Trump doubled down on the promises to protect the unborn from abortion in his State of the Union address.

“We must build a culture that cherishes dignity and sanctity of innocent human life,” Trump said. “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from heaven.”

In many ways, the pro-life community has been invigorated after a couple weeks of hearing about the horrific pro-abortion legislations that has come out of New York and Virginia. More and more people are standing up and fighting for life throughout the country. The president’s promise at the State of the Union is encouraging, but at least two states are looking to expand their abortion laws and late-term abortions.

New Mexico has recently made the decision to attempt to repeal a 1969 law that makes abortion a felony except in circumstances of rape, birth defects and serious threats to a woman’s health. Although the law is approaching its 50th anniversary, it hasn’t been enforced in New Mexico since the infamous Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade (1973) superseded the state law. In that vacuum of accountability that has occurred since, the state has become a haven for late-term abortionists.

Currently, New Mexico is one of only three states that currently has not one but two late-term abortionists in operation. Both operate out of the same clinic in Albuquerque, and it states on their website that they have a new abortionist on staff who could also be trained to complete these horrific third-trimester procedures.

On February 6, the New Mexico bill passed the House and is now on its way to the Senate. Governor Michelle Grisham, elected in 2018, has said that she will sign the bill. Although this bill looks likely to pass, nothing will really change in the state.

Vermont is also considering extending abortion until birth. Drafted by the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, the bill states that “Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child or have an abortion. A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” It also stipulates that preborn babies killed in the commission of a crime will not be recognized as a human under the law.

Abortion activists want any reason to push abortion legislation as far as possible. Vermont already has some of the weakest abortion regulations in the country, so there is no reason why the law should be expanded to deny preborn babies any rights at all. Basically, the Vermont government wants to write developing babies out of existence, and the citizens aren’t taking this lying down.

On February 6, a huge crowd of of pro-life and pro-abortion activists filled the state Capitol to capacity in order to testify about this controversial legislation. One of those testifying shared a powerful truth.

“Our past silence has gotten us to this horrific place,” Elouise Martin said. “We will be silent no more.”

While it may seem like these radical pieces of pro-abortion legislation are unending, there is still hope. Citizens who may have been ambivalent about abortion are no longer sitting on the sidelines. People from all over the country are starting to speak out against late-term abortions, and it looks like Congress might soon have abortion regulation on the agenda.

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