Planned Parenthood announces big changes in New Mexico. Here’s what you need to know.

For more than 50 years, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been providing high quality sexual and reproductive health care and information to women, men, and young people in New Mexico. That isn’t changing. On Wednesday, PP announced that they were consolidating their services and clinics in New Mexico to ensure that they can continue to meet their patients’ needs in both the short and long term. See the KOAT story about the changes here:

Planned Parenthood will expand services in other New Mexico locations to make up for the closures — services like preventative care, breast cancer screenings, and longer hours of operation at the clinic located on San Mateo Boulevard in Albuquerque. “We have a lot of people who are low-income.

[UPDATED] Session 2017 Recap: How Did Progress for Women Do?

UPDATE: Here’s how three important bills we were tracking ended up this session: (1) Health Coverage for Contraception (HB 284) – a bill aiming to expand contraceptive access by covering both women and men and requiring insurance companies to cover up to one year’s supply of contraception at once – passed the House and one Senate committee but wasn’t voted on by the whole Senate. (2) Hospital Patient Protections (SB 282) would have prevented New Mexico hospitals (often religious institutions) from blocking reproductive health care that could put a patient’s life or health in danger. It, however, was not voted on by the full Senate. (3) In a major win, the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act (HB 179) passed both houses and now awaits action by the Governor. This important bill will ensure pregnant workers will be able to continue working and support their families while they are pregnant.

BIG WIN: Anti-Abortion Bill Defeated in the Roundhouse

One of three Draconian abortion bills was heard in the Roundhouse today and was precipitously and successfully struck down. The Forced Medical Intervention Act, otherwise known by the pro-life, radical right as the “Born Alive Bill,” was tabled the House Consumer and Public Affairs committee after a marathon hearing full of voices of doctors and women supporting their own right to make their own health care decisions. This misleading bill that would compromise the health and welfare of patients and would criminalize the work of medical providers. Similar bills had been introduced in previous sessions where sponsors made last-minute attempts to revive them from committees in the final days of the session. Did you know?

12-month contraception bill goes before the House Judiciary Committee today

On Monday afternoon at the Roundhouse, HB 284 moves forward to the House Judiciary Committee where legislators will take the next step in favor of New Mexico women truly taking access to birth control in their own hands.  

It’s time to simplify the lives of New Mexico women by eliminating the need to visit a pharmacy every 30 or 90 days to refill prescriptions. Access to 12- month contraception is not only a convenience, it would reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy. If you believe in New Mexico women and families being allowed to managed their reproductive decisions, please show your support at today’s hearing:
HB 284
HEALTH COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTION
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30PM
(Please arrive early.)

Having control over their own bodies and their own reproductive health is essential for New Mexico women. TAKE ACTION TODAY!

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 Friday, February 24 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.