VICTORY: All Three Anti-Abortion Bills Tabled in the Roundhouse

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.

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?

No Más Bebés

They came to the hospital to safely deliver their babies. They went home sterilized by the doctors who delivered their children. The documentary film No Más Bebés, chronicles the story of Mexican American women sterilized under duress, stress and coercion, even in the early moments of giving birth, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical center in the 1960s and 1970s.

There will be a special screening of the film followed by a talk-back on Thursday, October 27 at the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, 1001 Stanford NE, Albuquerque, 5pm. Immediately following the film, Young Women United, the presenter of the event will host a dialogue with one of the film’s producers, Virginia Espino. If coerced or forced sterilization by American doctors in California sounds like some future dystopia, know that the horrific “science” of eugenics has been practiced in the United States since the early 20th Century with the first bill proposed to sterilize “undesirables” in 1849. The bill was never brought to vote, but it emboldened those eager to outnumber the “other” to continue the development of their weird science in the decades to come.

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Reproductive Rights Matter for Indigenous Women

“My identity and experiences as an indigenous woman and mother inform my perspectives on how strong the connection between our traditions and our environment really is.” — Rachael Lorenzo

The whole world is watching while the Standing Rocky Protectors of North Dakota continue to hold their ground as winter approaches the Great Plains. The urgent need to protect and respect the inherent rights of indigenous peoples not only includes the sovereignty of sacred lands, but also the autonomy and sovereignty of Native women’s reproductive health. Young Women United Policy Associate, Rachael Lorenzo writes about reproductive issues through her own experience as an indigenous and Xicana woman for Rewire News.

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