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GOP congressional hopeful wishes her state had ‘eliminated all abortions’ by 2020

In a newly discovered video, former Rep. Yvette Herrel (RN.M.) said in 2020 that she wished her state had banned abortion completely — a stark contrast to her efforts to appear more moderate on abortion issues ahead of the November election, when she hopes to regain her old regain a seat in Congress.

“I wish we could have eliminated all abortion in the state,” Herrell said during a virtual candidate forum hosted that year by the Valencia Republican Party. “I wish we could have even gotten through that.” But we couldn’t do that.”

She was referring to the eight years, from 2011 to 2019, that she served in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Moments earlier in the forum, Herrell was asked a strange question about whether she would plead guilty to her pro-life policies, and if so, what evidence could be used to convict her.

“I like the questions you guys came up with, but I would absolutely plead guilty, and the proof would be a solid 100% pro-life voting record,” she responded.

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Here’s a video of the full event, which was originally posted on Facebook by the Valencia County Republican Party. Herrell’s comments in support of banning all abortion in her state begin around the 10:20 p.m. These comments have not been previously reported.

Herrell had represented New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District for one term. She was defeated by Democrat Gabe Vasquez in 2022 and is running for the seat again. The race between the two is expected to be one of the closest in the country as Democrats look to erase the five-seat lead Republicans currently hold in the House of Representatives.

Herrell’s desire to end all abortions in her state should come as no surprise: She has done so routinetouted her anti-abortion views on social media and celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She was also a co-sponsor of the Law on life at conception in 2021, which sought to redefine “the human” to include “all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or any other moment when an individual member of the human species comes into existence.” No exceptions were made for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

But Herrell, like so many others in her party, is now trying to bury a long-standing anti-abortion record. In the nearly two years since the fall of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates have channeled their outrage through the ballot box and handed victories to Democrats time and again in elections at all levels, prompting Republicans to downplay long-held positions.

Herrel has delete all references to abortion of its website and campaign material. Her campaign has emphasized that she believes decisions on abortion rights should be left to the statesa position also recently taken by former President Donald Trump.

Her campaign has also emphasized her support for IVF, a position that is not in line with her support of the Life at Conception Act.

A spokesperson for the Herrell campaign did not respond to a request for comment on whether this was the case she still wishes New Mexico had banned all abortion.

The Cook Political Report rates this congressional district as a “toss-up.”


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