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
(Please arrive early.)

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

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.

Notorious RBG smacks down abortion opponents, New Mexico-style

Last week the US Supreme Court heard arguments challenging a law that targets abortion providers and clinics. While the case (Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt) focuses around a Texas law (HB 2), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used New Mexico as an example to expose the true agenda behind these absurd restrictions. [**Hat tip to our friends at Progress Texas for the awesome Notorious RBG picture up top**]

New Mexico, you probably recall, has become a battleground as out-of-state extremists try to impose dangerous restrictions on reproductive health care. 2013 saw Albuquerque voters defeat a measure to outlaw certain abortions and many bills have been introduced in the legislature since then to restrict access (luckily, they’ve all been defeated). The main force behind defeating the Albuquerque measure in 2013 was the Respect ABQ Women coalition.

The Fight for Reproductive Rights in NM

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.