The news that NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortion rights, had endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s campaign for U.S. Senate brought quick responses from two of his potential Republican challengers.
And who can best carry the anti-abortion banner into the general election against the well-funded Democrat – who represents northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District – could be an issue heading into the GOP primary next June.
“Ben Ray Luján’s out of touch record includes: refusing to vote to end infanticide, voting to keep abortion up-to-birth legal, and voting to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion organizations,” Republican candidate Elisa Martinez said. “To protect New Mexico’s values, I brought Democrats and Republicans together and defeated the extreme abortion up-to-birth and infanticide bill, HB 51 (in the state Legislature). In fact, every Democrat State Senator in Ben Ray Luján’s own district voted against HB 51.”
She was one of the most vocal critics of the bill as executive director New Mexico Alliance for Life. The Legislature voted against the measure, which would have repealed the state’s 1969 anti-abortion law, which makes it a crime to end a woman’s pregnancy, except in certain circumstances, such as rape.