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NM House honors officer who adopted baby

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In this file photo Albuquerque officer Ryan Holets holds his newly adopted daughter, Hope, after being recognized by the city of Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

SANTA FE — Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets — who adopted a baby after a chance encounter with a pregnant woman using heroin — was honored on the House floor Tuesday.

The event also turned into something of a pro-adoption, anti-abortion presentation.

For about 90 minutes, House Republicans took turns introducing guests and speaking about women who had opted against terminating a pregnancy and the people who had helped them.

Some representatives spoke about their own experiences with unplanned pregnancies and raising children as young adults.

The memorial itself — sponsored by Republican Reps. Rebecca Dow and Tim Lewis — proclaimed Tuesday “New Mexico’s Angels on Earth Day” to honor people who show selfless devotion to their communities, including officer Holets.

He was also honored by President Trump at the State of the Union address earlier this year.

House Republicans and Democrats alike gave Holets a standing ovation, and the memorial passed unanimously.

Ryan and Rebecca Holets named their new child Hope.

She “is living proof that adoptions save lives,” Ryan Holets said in a written statement that was read on his behalf.