New Mexico is one of many states suffering from an opioid epidemic. Stories about states battling the grips of overdose and the overwhelming instances of treatment, hospitalization, and death of addicts have been the focus of national media lately.
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.
Hidden in the 1,000+ page Federal budget agreement reached on Sunday is language inserted by Democrats prohibiting the Trump administration from using any federal dollars to go after state-approved legal marijuana programs in New Mexico and 41 other states, Washington D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico.
For communities around New Mexico, undoing the Antiquities Act or reducing our National Monuments is a troubling development in the ongoing effort to protect important cultural sites in areas in and around Rio Grande del Norte National Monument near Taos and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Doña Ana County.
Sen. Tom Udall will be taking questions from the public live on KRWG FM in Las Cruces and surrounding areas on Thursday, March 30. If you’re not in the local listening area you can tune into KRWG online here. Udall has been working hard to push back against the new Trump administration and continues to fight for New Mexican’s at the federal level. Tune in so you can hear what he’s got to say and call in with questions.
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.
[UPDATE:]House Bill #473 that decriminalizes abortion PASSES in the House. The bill now moves on to the Judiciary Committee. You’ve done it again! Thank you for turning out on a SUNDAY to show lawmakers you are invested in the health of New Mexico women! HB 220, the Late-term Abortion Ban was defeated, along with HB 221, the Forced Parental Notification Bill. These two Draconian bills have no place in a society that values the lives and healthcare of women – thank you for your support.
Over 200 people arrived at Congressman Steve Pearce’s Las Cruces office on Friday to find that, once again, they were locked out of meeting with his staff. Read more: [Watch] Rep. Steve Pearce (R) office locks constituents out, then sneak out the back door to avoid answering questions on Trump
Local activists associated with the Indivisible movements in Truth or Consequences, Las Cruces, Otero County, Lincoln County, Sierra County, Grant County, and Luna County planned what they called a Mock Town Hall event Friday afternoon. ProgressNow New Mexico staffer Lucas Herndon was on site to bring the event live via Facebook. You can check out footage of the whole event here:
Constituents who arrived to schedule appointments with the Congressman found the door blocked by private security officers. In response, the group chose to organize a protest, eventually lining up again to knock on the door to request meetings.