“A self-described ‘faithful’ Catholic has introduced legislation forcing Christian healthcare workers to refer for abortions and Christian hospitals to perform them.
State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Bill 282, which would repeal religious exemptions for participating in abortions.
SB-282 states, ‘A hospital shall not refuse to provide a reproductive health service if withholding the reproductive health service would result in or prolong a serious risk to the patient’s life or health; and, where a failure to provide the reproductive health service would violate the medical standard of care owed the patient.’
The legislation defines ‘reproductive health service’ as including ‘termination of pregnancy.’
Ortiz y Pino labeled his bill a ‘Patient Protection Act.’ He did not explain how abortion ‘protects’ women, and the title of the legislation does not consider the baby in the womb to be a ‘patient.’
New Mexico law allows exemptions for both individuals and hospitals with moral or religious objections to abortion. While SB-282 does not directly refer to those legal exemptions, the bill would eliminate those religious freedoms.
Ortiz y Pino voted to keep abortion legal up to the day of birth for any reason in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He justified his vote against a late-term abortion ban by claiming that the Bible doesn’t say abortion is wrong.
New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL) executive director Elisa Martinez called the bill a ‘double attack.’
‘SB-282 forces pro-life medical professionals to participate in abortion and its definitions of ‘standard of care’ and ‘health’ are so broad as to have no meaningful limitations,’ she said…
Ortiz y Pino said that as a faithful Catholic he cannot support any abortion restrictions. In one pro-abortion vote, he added that he went to Church that morning at St. Francis Basilica.”