House Democrats Stop Forced Medical Intervention Bill
Bill Ignored Medical Standards of Care and Inserted Politics Into Personal and Sometimes Tragic Medical Decisions
Santa Fe, NM – A Republican-sponsored bill targeting abortion providers and patients was tabled today in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 37, sponsored by Rep. Rod Montoya (R-San Juan) and Rep. David Gallegos (R-Eunice), would have stripped women and families from their ability to make personal health care decisions by forcing unnecessary medical interventions. The bill would have criminalized doctors who are helping women in tragic situations by placing them under threat of criminal penalty when using their medical judgment as physicians.
“There are already laws on the books, such as criminal homicide laws, that protect people of all ages,” said Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), a member of the House Consumer and Public Affairs. “It’s wrong to insert politics into the practice of medicine or the personal, private wishes of a family when they are dealing with a tragic loss.”