How HB 51 Was Defeated

The Democratic controlled New Mexico State Legislature 2019 Session had as its agenda legalizing marijuana, allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to patients and erasing any limits on abortion.  None of these measures passed because of a concerted effort by the New Mexico Christian community.
Three Christian Bible Studies were conducted at the Roundhouse during the session.  Seven Pro-Life events were held at the State Capitol this year.  They were as follows: 


  State Capitol Events 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session 
1.  Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day (SALUD)Sponsored by the Bishop of New Mexcio:  Allan Sanchez and Steve Rangle Coordinators
2. Medical Profession for Life Sponsored by Patient’s Rights Action Fund and Family Policy Alliance:  Vince Torres and Barbara Lyons Coordinators
3.  Pastor’s Day at the CapitolSponsored by New Mexico Prays and Family Policy Alliance:  Pastor Brian Alarid and Vince Torres Coordinators
4.  Rosary for LifeSponsored by Saint Anne Catholic Church and Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church:  Father John Sanchez and Father Larry Brito Coordinators
5.  Protest for LifeSponsored by Abortion Free New Mexico:  Bud and Tara Shaver Coordinators
6.  Candle Light Vigil for LifeSponsored by the Bishop of New Mexico:  Archbishop John Wester, Allan Sanchez and Steve Rangle Coordinators
7.  Rally for LifeHispanic Alliance Network:  Denee Reyes and Mark Gonzales Coordinators


Thank you Denee Reyes whom could found in the Rotunda singing praise and worship songs between rallies. 

The New Mexico Bishops, Allan Sanchez and Deacon Steve Rangel, Alliance for Life, Elisa Martinez, Right to Life New Mexico, Dauneen Dulce and Ethel Maharg, Family Policy Alliance, Vince Torres, were the lobbying efforts that changed the hearts and minds of the Legislators.
Legislators who were at the forefront of these effort have been Senator Bill Sharer (R Farmington), Representative Rod Montoya (R Farmington), Representative David Gallegos (D Eunice) Senator Pat Woods (D Broadview) and Representative Representative Gregg Schmedes (D Tijeras) to name a few.
A very special thank you to these and countless others who made the phone calls, sent the emails, testified in committee hearings, attended the rallies, sang the songs and gave New Mexico a godly year for the first time in a long time.  
God bless NewMexico.   

New Mexico Watchman

nmwatchman@comcast.net     

We the People of New Mexcio: Rally March 4

We received the following notification from Abortion Free New Mexico, and respectfully pass it on for your consideration. Let us be silent no more!
WE THE PEOPLE NEW MEXICO RALLYTomorrow – Monday, March 4th 12:00 NoonIn front of the Roundhouse

We the People of New Mexico: Protest
(Online version):  http://www.abortionfreenm.com/news/we-the-people-of-new-mexico-protest
Santa Fe, NM-   We the People of New Mexico: Citizens of New Mexico are concerned about the direction that New Mexico legislators are taking the state. You are invited to voice your concerns at a rally in Santa Fe. 
Here is your chance to voice your concern on issues like abortion, becoming a sanctuary state, boarder security, minimum wage, oil and gas constraints, new and higher taxes, gun control and many others that will affect you and your communities! 
We have been silent too long!

  • When: Monday March 4, 2019
  • Time: 12pm (noon)
  • Where: Front of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico

BRING YOUR SIGNS. (Signs will also be provided by  Abortion Free New Mexico  .)
Please

  • Do not make an issue of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (that makes it vindictive and personal)
  • DO make it about the issues of concern about the bills being proposed.
  • DO keep your composure and keep anger and disrespectful language out of the rally.

Event leader:

Religious Organizations Left Vulnerable HB 89 Health Coverage for Contraception

The nation watched as the Obama Administration forced the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraception to the nuns.  The Supreme Court finally said no, they didn’t have to.

Now New Mexico State Rep. Deborah Armstrong has come up with HB 89 Health Coverage for Contraception.  The bill requires insurance companies to provide birth control to both men and women.  (Birth control for men? Condoms? Vasectomies?)

The New Mexico bill does NOT include a religious exemption. 

When Rep Armstrong was asked why not, she responded, “because I didn’t want to.”  The ridiculous response drew laughter from the gallery.  Our local paper, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that a religious exemption had been included.  It does not.

Representative Rob Montoya pointed out that the absence of such a statement leaves New Mexicans vulnerable to lawsuits repeating the need of Little Sisters of the Poor for a legal defense.

Representative Armstrong needs to be asked why she’s proposing laws that will cause harm to religious organizations.  “Because I didn’t want to” is not a good enough answer.

HB 89 Health Coverage for Contraception now goes the Senate for committee assignments.

New Mexico Watchman

nmwatchman@comcast.net

February 19, 2019 

NO ON HB 51 Decriminalizing Abortion




February 6, 2019 


 When laws prohibit a behavior, the law clearly condemns that behavior. 
                    Where there is no law, that behavior proliferates. 
HB 51 Decriminalizing Abortion
 removes any and all barriers to abortions. 

New Mexico is already a late-term abortion capital, allowing abortion up to the moment before birth.  HB 51 Decriminalizing Abortion will remove any and all restrictions on abortion in our state. For example without a law, a nurse could open a practice to abort and Christus St Vincents Hospital could be required to abort babies. 

Tonight Wednesday, February 6, the New Mexico Legislature will debate HB 51 Decriminalizing Abortion.   The House session convenes at 4:50 p.m.  Debate is expected to start around 5:00 p.m.  The House proceedings will be webcast. The link is http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/harmony

Please pray for the New Mexico State House of Representative tonight and please call your Representative and urge them to vote NO on HB 51 Decriminalizing Abortion.  

Thank you and God bless us all. 

New Mexico Watchman

www.nmwatchman.com
nmwatchman@comcast.net

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.  Proverbs 21:21

Oppose HB 51 – Decriminalization of Abortion
January 22, 2019
In 1969 laws were passed in New Mexico outlawing abortion in our State. The legislation has remained law even though the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision in 1973 made abortion legal throughout the United States.
Should Roe v Wade be over turned or modified by the Supreme Court, the issue of abortion then reverts back the states. The 1969 law in New Mexico would then again be law. The Democratic party is fearful of that being the case. The party leadership, primarily Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) have made removing the law and its protections, top priority.
The bill has been pre-filed, fast-tracked, and scheduled for an initial hearing as soon as possible. The bill, HB 51 – Decriminalization of Abortion (Joanne Ferrary D. Las Cruces), is assigned to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.
If HB 51 passes and Roe v Wade is struck down, no law will be in place and anyone could, in theory, perform abortions. Medical staff, doctors and nurses etc. could be forced to perform abortions against their conscience. And no legal basis for not allowing forced abortions would exist.
Because HB 51 is fast-tracked, a hearing on the bill may take place this Saturday, January 26, 2019 by the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. When the hearing on this bill is confirmed, you will be informed.
Please contact the members of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and inform them of your opposition to – HB 51 Decriminalization of Abortion.

 

House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee

 

Title               Name
 Area     Code  
   505
                 Email Position
Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson 986-4225 liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov Chair
Rep. Andrea Romero 986-4436 andrea@andrearomero.com Vice Chair
Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell 986-4454 csecows@aol.com Member
Rep. Angelica Rubio 986-4227 angelica.rubio@nmlegis.gov Member
Rep. Gregg Schmedes 986-4453 gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov Member

 

 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  And he laid his hands on them,
and departed thence.
Matthew 14:14-15

New Mexico Citizen Stewardship Election Guide

                                                                                                       October 18, 2018
Dear Praying Friends,

Attached please find the New Mexico Citizen Stewardship Election Guide.  The guide has been made available by the Hispanic Action Network.

Please note this elections guide is has been approved for use in all churches.

 

                                        When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
                                           But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
                                                                           Proverbs 29:2

Issues and Concerns Regarding Medical Aid in Dying (Assisted Suicide)

The New Mexico State Legislature is expected to hear proposed legislation entitled “Medical Aid in Dying (MAID)” during the 2019 legislative session that begins in January in Santa Fe, NM.

Medical Aid in Dying, also known as Death with Dignity, Physician Assisted Suicide and End of Life Options, allows a physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a patient with the understanding that the medication is to be used to cause the death of the patient as the result of suicide.  The legislation declares the physician free of any legal consequences as the result of participating in the death.

The rationale for Medical Aid in Dying is that it is a compassionate alternative for those suffering from a terminal illness.  The prescription is intended to bring a life to an end, thus hastening the inevitable death.  The reasoning behind Medical Aid in Dying is the same as for euthanasia:  the desire for a compassionate end of life and the avoidance of suffering.

“Safeguards” are prescribed in the legislation in an attempt to avoid the exploitation of the death.  The patient must initiate the suicide by requesting his or her own death.  The patient must self-administer a lethal dose of prescribed medication.  The physician must concur and prescribe the lethal dose.  A consulting physician must concur.  And a single family member must agree.  The result is irreversible:  the patient dies.

The following are concerns surrounding this legislation.

  1.  Disregard for Human Life
    A disregard for human life inevitably follows state-sanctioned killing, regardless of the safeguards.  The European experiment began with physician-assisted suicide.  The weak and vulnerable are very susceptible and eventually succumb to the growing demand for their deaths.  Today euthanizing infants is in practice there.
  2. Uncertainty Regarding a Diagnosis of Terminal Illness
    A diagnosis of terminal illness is not always accurate.  Estimating the end of life can vary dramatically.  An example of a missed prognosis is Ms. Aja Riggs, diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2011 and the plaintiff in the case for assisted suicide that was overruled by the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2016.  According to all accounts Ms. Riggs is enjoying her prolonged life.

  3. Inherent Corruption of the Patient-Doctor Relationship
    Third, there is a corruption of the patient-doctor relationship.  The physician-patient relationship is a complex one.  The physician’s authority holds exceptional weight in prescribing a treatment regime.  Once a physician recommends suicide, the patient’s healing is necessarily compromised.  The patient’s expectation is that the best decisions are being made on his or her behalf.  That assurance comes into conflict with the suggestion of taking one’s life.
  4. Economic Incentives for Promoting Suicide
    The economic incentives inherent in providing a patient with a premediated death are obvious.  The insurance industry is offering to pay for Medical Aid in Dying in lieu of expensive, life-extending medical treatment.  The preservation of inheritance is another obvious factor.  The wealthy are especially vulnerable to death by those seeking an inheritance.
  5. Familial Relationship Compromised
    Familial relationships are compromised.  The adage that property divides families following the death of parents is axiomatic.  Such factors as single parenthood and geographic distances have diminished familial relationships.  We live in an era in which government has enable the destruction of the American family.  We are a nation of 13.6 million single parents, for example.  Assuming that family members always have the best interest of the patient in mind is fallacious.

  6. Human Dignity and Equality before the Law
    Our nation’s judiciary is based on the idea of human dignity and equality before the law.  The argument for Medical Aid in Dying is that a patient’s dignity, autonomy and self-control are inherent in planning their own death, but the opposite may be true.  A person facing their own demise may not experience dignity and autonomy.  Prejudging a dying person’s state of mind and their ability to make end of life decisions introduces major uncertainty.  You cannot offer equality – much less human dignity – to the deceased.

  7. Wrongful Death Lawsuits
    Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed against those not covered by the law who participate in a Medical Aid in Dying event.  Anyone with standing can disagree with a Medical Aid in Dying case and claim that the death was the result of carelessness or was a dangerous, intentional act of deceit.
  8. Palliative Care and Other Treatment Choices
    Palliative care, pain management and hospice are always viable alternatives to killing the patient, avoiding all of the above.

  9. When Death becomes Commonplace
    When the taking of life becomes commonplace, complacency about taking life follows.  What follows assisted suicide is euthanasia.  In the Netherlands in 1990, deaths from euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide were 1.7% of deaths.  By 2015 the number had increased to 4.5%, a 250% increase.  Normalization and acceptance of death have always resulted in an escalation.

  10. Judeo-Christian Principles
    If we were to add another insight, it would be that the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our nation point only to respect for and choosing life in each and every case, from natural birth to natural death.  The burden of having enabled a patient’s death should not be laid on a physician or others trained to heal and preserve life.

New Mexico Watchman
www.nmwatchman.com

City Council Proposes Euthanasia in New Mexico

A resolution to endorse Medical Assistance in Dying is being proposed by Santa Fe City Council Woman Carol Romero-Wirth.  Mrs. Romero-Wirth is asking the City Council to endorse allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to those deemed terminally ill. 

The Medical Assistance in Dying legislation (formerly titled Physician Assisted Suicide, Death with Dignity and End of Life Option) has been addressed by the New Mexico State Legislature and will again in the January 2019 session.  The Santa Fe City Council resolution endorses and encourages passage of the state legislation.

Public comment will not be taken on the issue this evening, Monday, July 16, 2018, but may be open during next week’s City Council session.  We encourage all Santa Feans to contact their Councilors and encourage them to vote “No” on Medical Assistance in Dying.

Alan Webber
Mayor
(505) 955-6590
mayor@santafenm.gov

                                                                     SANTA FE CITY COUNCILORS

Renee Villarreal
District 1 Councilor
(505) 955-2345
rdvillarreal@santafenm.gov

Signe I. Lindell
District 1 Councilor
(505) 955-6812
silindell@santafenm.gov

Peter Ives
District 2 Councilor
(505) 955-6816
pnives@santafenm.gov

Carol Romero-Wirth
District 2 Councilor
(505) 955-6815
cromero-wirth@santafenm.gov

Chris Rivera
District 3 Councilor
(505) 955-6818
cmrivera@santafenm.gov

Roman “Tiger” Abeyta
District 3 Councilor
(505) 955-6814
rrabeyta@santafenm.gov

Michael Harris
District 4 Councilor
(505) 955-6817
maharris@santafenm.gov

JoAnne Vigil Coppler
District 4 Councilor
(505) 955-6811
jvcoppler@santafenm.gov

Carol Romero-Wirth
District 2 Councilor
(505) 955-6815
cromero-wirth@santafenm.gov

SCOTUS to Decide on Pregnancy Center’s Forced Abortion Ads

The US Supreme Court will soon decide if California Pregnancy Centers are required to advertise free abortions as now required by California law.
This is a Pro-Life free speech issue.  Pray that the court decides in favor of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.
JD
http://nifladecision.com/

Supreme Court’s Freedom of Religion Decision

We are praising God today, Monday, June 4, 2018.  The United States Supreme Court decided in favor of Mr. Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who was sued by two homosexuals for not baking a wedding cake for them.

Had Mr. Phillips lost the case, freedom to practice Christianity in the market place would have severely damaged if not ended.  Seven justices voted in favor of Mr. Phillips and two against.

We are in an era in which silencing Christianity and traditional values is being forced upon us.  For example, California Assembly Bill 2943 “Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts” if passed, will make it illegal to counsel anyone regarding changing their sexual orientation or publishing anything suggesting reorientation to heterosexuality might occur.

Nevertheless we thank God for Mr. Phillip’s victory.  Thank God for this day.

New Mexico Watchman