Lt. Governor John Sanchez Encourages Support for Legislation to Save Infants “Born Alive”
SANTA FE – Lt. Governor John Sanchez today encouraged support for legislation aimed at saving the lives of infants born alive after an unsuccessful abortion procedure. House Bill 37 (HB 37), sponsored by Representative Rod Montoya, would require that a physician provide immediate, reasonable medical care to preserve the life and health of a child when an abortion attempt results in a live birth.
“The reality that some children miraculously survive an attempted abortion only to be left to die, or in some cases, put to death, is unconscionable,” said Lt. Governor Sanchez. “We must put an end to this barbaric practice that so many New Mexicans appropriately find reprehensible, and that is clearly a violation of our fundamental right to life. Regardless of one’s position on abortion, I think we should all agree that every child born alive deserves a fighting chance to live and should therefore receive the appropriate medical care afforded to any other living person.”
Although federal law extends legal protection to infants born alive, cases involving babies being killed or left to die continue to occur. In 2013, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for cutting the spines of babies born alive after botched abortions at his clinic. In light of this case and others, similar legislation to HB 37 has been introduced at both the state and federal levels to strengthen existing law by providing penalties and requiring that immediate medical attention be provided.
“This bill is about protecting live born infants,” said Representative Montoya. “It does not restrict anyone’s ability to get an abortion. We are trying to enact law that ensures live born infants get medical care if they are born alive following an attempted abortion.”
HB 37 is scheduled to be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee this afternoon.