SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico panel of legislators voted along party lines Friday to approve two abortion bills, one banning late-term abortions and another requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.
The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 — with Republicans in the majority — after a more than five-hour hearing to prohibit abortions after five months' gestation and if the doctor determines the fetus is viable.
Another two hours later, the committee passed the parental notification bill.
The bill is designed to bring New Mexico in line with 42 other states, supporters said.
Earlier in the day, the committee heard from Jesse Clifton, who told them that he and his wife declined the advice to abort their daughter, Twila.
Holding his 3-year-old daughter as she breathed with the help of an oxygen tube, Clifton said doctors told him and his wife that a genetic condition she would be born with would mean severe physical and mental disabilities.
After his testimony Friday before the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee considering two abortion-related bills, Clifton said, despite "much trouble and hardship, (Twila) is easily twice the joy."