By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- The three bishops of New Mexico recently issued a statement in opposition to two pro-death pieces of legislation, HB 51 DECRIMINALIZE ABORTION and HB 90/ SB 153 ELIZABETH WHITEFIELD END OF LIFE OPTIONS ACT because abortion and assisted suicide are not in line with a consistent life ethic.
"Thursday, February 7, 2019 – We, the bishops of New Mexico, strongly voice opposition to proposed bills HB 51 (Decriminalization of Abortion), HB 90 and SB 153 (Legalization of Assisted Suicide). We support a consistent ethic of life. We have studied the legislation through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic moral and social teaching. We stand unified against any legislation that weakens the defense of life and threatens the dignity of the human being."
HB 51 has been fast tracked through the New Mexico house of representatives and will now make its way through the senate. HB 90 was stalled in committee on Friday February 8, 2019 after public comments. HB 90 will be amended by the House Judiciary Committee and voted on Monday, February 11, 2019.
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Director of Life Ministries U.S. issued the following statement,
"The bishops of New Mexico have made it clear that they oppose these bills and have strongly stated the Catholic Church’s teaching against abortion and assisted suicide. I pray and I am hopeful that our Catholic State Senators stand by their faith and with the bishops of New Mexico and oppose these bills promoting abortion and assisted suicide which are always anathema to our Catholicism."
HB51 and HB 90/ SB 153 can be stopped in the New Mexico Senate when Catholic legislators, regardless of political affiliation, vote their faith and stand with the Bishops of New Mexico.
"Liberal logic dictates that if you are a legislator and your faith contradicts their radical leftist agenda then you should leave your faith and morals at the door. However, they do not mind if you invoke your faith to justify voting their leftist agenda. In fact, Representative Debra M. Sariñana- (D) did just that, on the house floor, when she invoked her Catholic faith to support the radical bill HB 51 which will remove New Mexico's 1969 Criminal Abortion law. This law was enacted to protect New Mexico women from the dangers of obtaining an elective abortion from unlicensed physicians at unregulated substandard clinics with their full consent.
Abortion Free New Mexico would like to thank the bishops of New Mexico for condemning these bills that are an attack on the sanctity of life. Please contact your bishop and thank him and please contact these senators and ask them to stand with their bishop and for their Catholic faith to oppose HB 51 as it now makes it way through the senate.
The balance of power in the New Mexico Senate is:
(If there is a tie the Lt. Governor casts the deciding vote.)
Call and Email these Catholic Senators:
Thank you for standing with us for life and truth!
“Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” (3 John 1:8)