Two women’s health bills on the fast track this week

There are two reproductive health bills coming up this week that could impact women and their families in our communities. On Tuesday afternoon February 21, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will hear SB 282, the Put Patients First Act, which ensures that hospitals cannot practice religious refusal to withhold reproductive health services women. Then, on Wednesday, February 22 in the afternoon, the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Bill, HB 179 is back for another round of hearings and testimony. It’s time to ensure that pregnant workers can continue to do their jobs and support their families by having access to reasonable accommodations for needs arising out of pregnancy. READ MORE: The Pregnant Worker Accommodation Bill (HB 179) requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations to women who are pregnant and must adjust duties that may challenge their health and their pregnancy.”
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The Best Song About Abortion You’ve Never Heard

It’s been a long but productive week for women’s healthcare in the New Mexico Legislature so we thought we’d celebrate with a song. With your support, the late-term abortion ban, SB 183 has perished in committee for another year, and both the pregnant worker protection bill, HB 179, and HB 284, the contraception coverage bill, move on to the Judiciary committee. Yeah! We’ll admit it’s not easy to find a catchy tune you can dance to that’s in favor of a woman’s right to healthcare and a safe and legal abortion. Go ahead, give it a shot.

12-Month Supply Contraception Bill Passes in the House

Another win for women: the Health Coverage for Contraception Bill (HB 284) sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong is on its way to the Judiciary Committee. The aim of the measure is to update the state’s existing law to ensure that the full range of contraceptive options is covered by insurance companies without out-of-pocket costs or medically unnecessary restrictions. The bill will improve access to contraception by covering access for both women and men by making it possible for them to acquire a year’s worth of their contraception with one prescription. READ MORE about today’s hearing at the NM Political Report. There are several reproductive bills to watch during the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session, follow the progress by clicking here.

Take Action: Healthcare Coverage for Contraception Bill Needs your Support

You called, emailed your legislator, and you showed up in big numbers today and you helped DEFEAT an archaic bill. We thank you! But New Mexico women STILL need your support! On Wednesday morning at the Roundhouse, should HB 284 move forward in the House Health and Human Services Committee hearing, women across the state will advance the cause of consistent and reliable access to birth control. Eliminating the need to visit a pharmacy every 30 or 90 days to refill prescriptions, will reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy.

Tell Senators to VOTE NO on SB 183

[UPDATE: We’re proud to say that due to your efforts, SB 183 has been killed in committee. THANK YOU for your show of support and your testimonies.]

We need you to take action on an abortion bill moving through the Roundhouse TOMORROW. On Tuesday, February 14, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 183 that threatens to ban women’s access to a safe and legal abortion later in the pregnancy. Each pregnancy is unique. A woman making the personal and complex decision about abortion later in pregnancy needs access to safe and legal health care without government interference.

Protection for Pregnant Working Women Passes, Moves to Judiciary Committee

A bill that makes it possible for pregnant women to continue to work through their pregnancies to support themselves and their families cleared its first hurdle by passing out of a state House committee last week. The Pregnant Worker Accommodation Bill (HB 179) requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations to women who are pregnant and must adjust duties that may challenge their health and their pregnancy.” The bill, sponsored by Representatives Gail Chasey (D – Bernalillo), Deborah A. Armstrong (D – Bernalillo), and Joanne Ferrary (D – Doña Ana), sparked a lively debate between House Democrats and Republicans and was supported by impassioned testimonies on both sides of the aisle. The bill now moves on to the House Judiciary Committee. From the New Mexico Political Report:
“We’re trying to alert women and employers that women don’t need to necessarily quit their jobs or stay home if there’s a small accommodation made to keep working,” state Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque and sponsor of the legislation, said at the hearing.

3 Bills Aim to Protect Reproductive Rights in New Mexico

Respect New Mexico Women, a coalition of local organizations committed to supporting women’s health care access launched their reproductive agenda this week with a trio of legislative bills that expand the reproductive rights of women in our state, where New Mexicans remain unapologetically in favor of a woman’s right to access all forms of healthcare, including abortion. This is not necessarily true across the nation, where supporters, activists and healthcare providers face the possibility of dangerous rollbacks in legislation. Committees are reviewing at least forty-six anti-abortion bills in 14 states that challenge access to reproductive health including the right to a legal and safe abortion. With the appointment of religious zealot Betsy DeVos, whose family money has “funded crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs)” that lie to patients about pregnancy, abortion, and other health concerns,” women’s health may soon find itself in limbo, but not yet. And not in New Mexico, if Respect New Mexico Women has anything to say about it.

Respect New Mexico Women Launches Campaign that Champions Reproductive Legislation

“We’re going to ensure that regardless of what they do federally, in New Mexico we take care of women and families and let them choose what’s best for them in deciding if and when and how often to have children.” — Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque

Respect New Mexico Women, a coalition of organizations, supporters, and healthcare providers launched their 2017 legislative campaign today at the NM State Capitol. In a packed meeting room, the Respect Campaign described three bills the coalition will introduce in committee during the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session. The bills are designed to protect and expand legislation that safeguards reproductive healthcare for women. Read about the Respect Campaign Press Conference at NM Political Report.

State Republicans try to BAN ABORTION, again. RESIST!

The first of several Republican-led bills that could impact a woman’s right to decide her reproductive health will be heard in a special committee meeting of the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee in the Roundhouse THIS SATURDAY, February 4th at 8:30AM.      
[THE HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.]
AS of TODAY, Wednesday, February 1, Saturday’s hearing for HB37  has been delayed. WATCH THIS POST for UPDATES.  

We need to show our strength in numbers. We need your help. HB 37 or the Born Alive Bill aims to make the act of a late-term abortion a second-degree felony, no matter the circumstance, or whether or not the pregnancy endangers the mother. This bill has made the rounds before and has been voted down in committee, year after year. However, the Trump-Pence Administration is empowering more radical voices to assert dangerous policies like the Born Alive Bill, with new vigor.

Roe v. Wade Celebration to be held at NM Capitol Rotunda

The Santa Fe chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) rides the momentum of the Women’s March on Washington by hosting a celebration of Roe v. Wade decision in the NM Capitol Rotunda. On Tuesday, February 7 from 10am -11am supporters of a woman’s right to decide her reproductive health will gather to honor the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling. The January 22, 1973 United States Supreme Court ruling that ensures a woman’s right to obtain a safe and legal abortion from a health care provider is under threat like never before, in state houses across the national and in Washington. Within the first week of his tenure, the 45th President of the United States has threatened Planned Parenthood with defunding. He also waved his pen and reinstated the Global Gag Rule that blocks U.S. aid to international organizations that perform or even talk about abortion.