SANTA FE (KRQE) Two bills that would have banned late term abortions in New Mexico are not moving forward in the legislature this morning.

The bills were killed in the public affairs committee yesterday on a 5-4 vote along party lines, with democrats voting to table them and republicans opposed.

Sponsored by Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, Senate Bills 242 and 243 would have banned abortions at or after 20 weeks if the fetus was determined to be viable, and unless the woman’s life was in danger.

Senate Bill 242 provided an exemption from the ban for women whose pregnancies resulted from sexual abuse, rape or incest. The other bill did not contain that exemption.

The bill’s opponents said the extremely difficult decision to have late-term abortions belongs to women, in consultation with their doctors.