The New Mexico House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 71, known as “Glory’s Law,” with a unanimous vote Friday.
The bill, which is sponsored by state Sen. Craig Brandt (R-Rio Rancho), the minority whip, is named after the daughter of Christy Sellers and would ban discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities regarding organ transplants. It’s an issue that hasn’t come up yet in New Mexico but has happened in other states.
Brandt issued the following statement regarding the passage of his bill:
“Thank you to the House of Representatives who saw the importance of this bill for those living with mental or physical disabilities. Glory, a constituent of mine with Down syndrome, and the thousands like her deserve the same chance at a full life as the rest of us. Every life deserves equal treatment under the law, and I hope the governor will sign this bill quickly.”
Senate Bill 71 will now head to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her consideration.
Brandt and Sellers were joined by University of New Mexico football coach Danny Gonzales and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales at a press conference at the State Capitol in January to discuss the bill.
“I’d love to be back here a few weeks with the governor having her sign this bill. I think it’d be really great thing for the people in New Mexico to show that we do value everyone’s life,” Brandt said at the conference. “We have a young man at our church whose name is Sammy, and Sammy also has Down syndrome. He’s 30 years old, just turned 30 last week. And I will tell you, one of the most wonderful things about Sammy is he’s never upset. And I think if we could learn one thing from children and adults with Down syndrome is that it’s time for us to start smiling. It’s time for us to be happy because they’re the happiest people. They don’t let all the problems of the world stress them out. And so one of the one of my favorite things about going to church every Sunday is seeing Sammy. I don’t want Sammy to have a medical issue and be denied a transplant and have Sammy’s life end because someone is going to discriminate against him. We need more people like Sammy, not less.”