It is just over two weeks away! The 2018 Progressive Action Summit is approaching. This year’s Summit will mark the third from ProgressNow New Mexico, in two years. This year, we’ve expanded our reach by reaching out to our Progressive Alliance partners, America Votes and the Center for Civic Policy. As a trio, with added capacity and collaboration from El Centro de Igualidad y Derechos, Olé, Equality New Mexico, Working Families, and more – we are bringing Albuquerque a day of action like never seen before!
The three anti-abortion bills we told you were headed to the Roundhouse last week have been all but defeated, thanks to your swift action, true testimonies, and declarations of support for New Mexico women and their families.
HB 37 (“Born Alive), HB 220 (20-week Abortion Ban) and HB 221 (Abortion by Parental Consent) have all be tabled for the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session, ensuring that the reproductive choices of New Mexico women, their privacy, a woman’s right to decide will remain intact until they are again challenged by the religious right, and they will be. Here’s a short summary of how things unfolded this week:
HB 37, the Forced Medical Intervention Act, otherwise known by the pro-life, radical right as the “Born Alive Bill,” would have blocked women, their families, and their healthcare providers from making personalized medical decisions. This bill was tabled in the Judiciary House & Human Affairs committee on Thursday, March 2 in the afternoon having been postponed and rescheduled twice. After grueling 6+ hours of testimony, the bill was defeated, also causing the other two bills that were planned to be heard in the same committee to roll over to the next available date.
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?
[UPDATE: On March 14, HB 179, the Pregnant Worker Accommodations bill PASSES in the Judiciary.]
It was a harrowing moment. Just before bringing the committee to a vote, as Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson raced through the halls to the committee room, having appeared only minutes before on the Roundhouse floor in support of one of her bills, Representative Gail Chasey (Dem. Bernalillo) asked observers (many of whom delivered compelling testimonies) for a show of hands — who was in favor of HB 179 The Pregnant Work Accommodation Bill that would expand protections for pregnant women in the workplace. In a jam-packed room, those in favor of HB 179 raised their hands. They represented women who had struggled to keep their jobs during their pregnancies, doctors who counseled their patients on how to maintain their health during inflexible employment, ACLU lawyers, members of Respect New Mexico Women and mothers who had given birth to healthy children, no thanks to their workplaces that made them choose — one more trip to the restroom or a dock in pay.
MAUREEN SANDERS is a practicing attorney, a former professor at the UNM School of Law, and serves on the volunteer legal panel of the ACLU-NM. Ms. Sanders also successfully argued the marriage equality case in front of the NM Supreme Court in 2013. This speech was given by Ms. Sanders at the Planned Parenthood New Mexico Breakfast of Champions on JANUARY 29, 2015, in Santa Fe, NM.
Good morning! Thanks for inviting me to share a few thoughts with you this morning. I know in these days of constant attack against the reproductive rights of women in this country, a sense of sadness and helplessness can creep into to our collective consciousness. I don’t think we need or should go there. If we do, the attackers will have won by wearing us down. I could say “I have a dream” but somebody else already used that line—and much more eloquently than I ever could.
News out of Deming, New Mexico: last summer, following Deming PRIDE’s annual pageant, a group of LGBTQ customers entered Denny’s looking to celebrate another successful pageant. The waitstaff wasn’t too keen on their celebrations. “They sat for more than 45 minutes without being offered drinks, given menus, or provided service of any kind,” according to the ACLU. From the ACLU of New Mexico:
When one of the group, a transgender woman, got up to ask one of the servers if they could take their orders, she called the group ‘fags,’ and said they wouldn’t serve a ‘boy with tits.’ Those are pretty awful things to hear when all you’re expecting is a short stack of pancakes, not bigotry.