A city council in the U.S. state of New Mexico passed a resolution on March 14 declaring their jurisdiction a supporter of the unborn.
The jurisdiction dubbed Resolution 19-28 or “A Resolution in Support of the Unborn,” was passed by the City Council of Roswell in a seven-to-one vote, with one council member abstaining. Local pro-life activist group “Abortion Free New Mexico,” said that the passage makes Roswell a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn.”
The resolution declares that “each and every innocent human life is unique and precious to God” and that “innocent human life must always be protected and preserved.” It also states that the protection of “all human life is important to the people of the City of Roswell.”
The new Roswell resolution appeared to be modeled off a resolution passed by the Lea County Board of County Commissioners last month. Both resolutions were a response to the New Mexico legislature that was considering a measure to repeal an unenforceable statute criminalizing abortion, according to The Christian Post.
The repeal did end up passing the state house but last week the New Mexico Senate stopped it in a vote of 18-24. The vote was a stunning victory for pro-life advocates, according to the Daily signal, with eight Democrats crossing over to reject the pro-choice measure along with all 16 Republicans. Their vote stopped a repeal that would have allowed people to have abortions up to the moment of birth and, in some cases, legalized infanticide.
The bill previously passed the House on a 40-29 margin. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, supported the bill and expressed her disappointment after the vote.
“This old, outdated statute criminalizing health care providers is an embarrassment. That removing it was even a debate, much less a difficult vote for some senators, is inexplicable to me,” she said, according to the New Mexico Political Report.
New Mexico has one of the loosest abortion laws in the country, according to LifeSite, and is home to an infamous late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options. According to an undercover video, Southwestern Women’s Options commits abortions throughout the third trimester of pregnancy, in one case offering to abort a 37-week-old baby for $17,000 and aiding the mother in getting on Medicaid in order to pay for it.
President Donald Trump pledged to protect religious liberty and freedom of faith during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this February as he defended the sanctity of all human life, including the unborn.
Speaking to religious leaders at the 67th annual National Prayer Breakfast, Trump told the audience that he will safeguard faith-based adoption centers and reiterated his pro-life stance.
“As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life,” he 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.”
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the state’s Republican-led legislature on March 13, passed its latest measure to put more restrictions on abortion, bracing itself for another legal fight with pro-abortion activists.
The legislation would ban abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race, or disability of the fetus. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 32-4 to send the bill to the state’s anti-abortion governor, Republican Matt Bevin.
Soon after the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky sent out a message on Twitter: “We will see the state of Kentucky in court (again).” The threat will intensify an ongoing bitter legal feud—the ACLU already is embroiled in federal court fights challenging three abortion-related laws in the state.
Bevin responded to the ACLU’s latest challenge: “Bring it! Kentucky will always fight for life.” Bevin’s running mate in his re-election bid this year, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, gave the opening remarks in support of the measure during the Senate debate on Wednesday.