Democrat Governor Promotes Divergent Abortion Narratives

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is facing a difficult race this year for reelection and is promoting at least two narratives about her radical position on late-term abortion access, depending on the group of potential voters she is addressing.

She signed a state executive order immediately following the June 24 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down Roe v. Wade, returning abortion regulation decisions to the states individually. Lujan Grisham appeared on CNN last week and told host Jake Tapper that New Mexico now places “no restrictions” on abortions.

She told Tapper that in New Mexico the state government “would love to do as much as we can” to promote maternal health to “eliminate all unwanted pregnancies.” She went on to say that she believes the government does not have the right to interfere in “deeply private personal traumas” that lead women to seek late-term abortions.

The governor is correct in stating that New Mexico places no restrictions on abortions. An abortion provider in Albuquerque states on its website that it performs abortions through 32 weeks of pregnancy without qualification. It goes on to say that it performs abortions from 32 weeks through birth “on a case by case basis.”

Despite the obvious availability of abortions in the state, Lujan Grisham took a sharply different tone during a press conference in Santa Fe in order to sound much more moderate on the issue of late-term abortions.

There she described the issue as a “very personal, difficult set of circumstances” and said that the belief that “any pregnancy is terminated in the last trimester because someone just shows up at a clinic is untrue and illegal.”

That statement is simply untrue, given the availability of abortion on demand with no questions asked through 32 weeks of pregnancy and in some cases right up until birth.

New Mexico Alliance for Life founder Elisa Martinez told Breitbart News that the governor is obviously “worried about losing support, especially among Hispanics, moderates, and conservative Democrats.”

Martinez said that Democratic extremism of the type the governor “legalized and fought for in 2021” is pushing many demographics to Republicans.

Lujan Grisham is facing Republican Mark Ronchetti in the general election in November in the gubernatorial race. Polling conducted last month indicates Lujan Grisham leads Ronchetti 45% to 42%, with Libertarian Karen Bedonie taking 9% and 5% undecided.