UNAIRED DEBATE VIDEO: Mark Ronchetti and GOP Candidates Vow to Criminalize Abortion & Punish Women For Seeking Health Care

UNAIRED DEBATE VIDEO: Mark Ronchetti and GOP Candidates Vow to Criminalize Abortion & Punish Women For Seeking Health Care

Ronchetti Doubles Down On Extreme Anti-Abortion Stance In Unaired Segment from GOP Debate Broadcast 

Yesterday, KOAT published a previously unseen video from the New Mexico GOP debate during which candidates for governor promise to criminalize abortion and ban it even in cases of rape and incest or to save the mother’s own life. KOAT entirely cut the abortion segment from their Friday night broadcast of the debate. New Mexicans have a right to know that every single GOP candidate for governor is an extremist anti-abortion advocate who has promised to criminalize doctors, punish women, and restrict the individual freedoms of New Mexico residents. 

In the video, Mark Ronchetti doubles down on his out of touch, far-right stance on reproductive freedom, pushing cruel new laws that would limit women’s health options in New Mexico. Ronchetti claims abortion access is “frightening” and voices his support of Ethel Maharg, the leader of New Mexico Right to Life and a fervent anti-abortion activist who supports ending abortion without exception—even in the case of rape or incest, or when the mothers own life is at risk. If any of the GOP candidates were elected, they would implement laws to make abortion illegal across New Mexico, throw women in jail, and arrest doctors who perform abortions. 

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