House Bill 7 (Reinstatement of the Death Penalty) is an antiquated out of touch bill that New Mexicans do not want. New Mexicans understand that reinstating the death penalty is not only an expensive proposition but it is also inherently flawed and does not provide justice to our communities. This bill will do nothing to protect our children, our police officers, and our communities. It’s an absurd distraction from the real challenges facing our state.
A quick read of the bill demonstrates how out of touch legislators who support it are with the current needs of our families and what justice is. Just a few examples include:
1. The method of injection required in the bill is illegal.
2. References to the “mentally retarded” is offensive to our families and communities. People with disabilities are people, first and foremost and should not be referred to with disrespectful and out of touch language.
3. The bill drafters don’t even understand current practices of determining pregnancy. Instead it takes women back to the 1950s, requiring women who may be pregnant to have THREE doctors to examine the woman IN FRONT OF A JUDGE. It’s 2016. Everyone in New Mexico knows that all a court has to do to determine pregnancy is to get a $15 pregnancy test from the local drug store. This is yet another example in a long line of examples of how the other party fundamentally misunderstands basic facts about women’s healthcare. It’s bizarre and it’s offensive.