The results of the 2018 General Election mean many things to many people, but for New Mexicans, abortion care is high on the list.
In 2017, Representative Joanne Ferrary (D-37) sponsored House Bill (HB) 473, the Decriminalizing Abortion Bill that would have removed a pre-Roe vs. Wade law that criminalizes abortion providers. Under the Trump Administration, the likelihood of abortion being a central issue before the 2020 election is both high and the results could be dire. With the appointment of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, abortion access is in danger for everyone but especially low-income folks and people of color. We expect the state legislature to take up an abortion decriminalization bill again with Governor-elect Lujan-Grisham’s support and eventual signature. New Mexico is fortunate to have this kind of support considering that Alabama and West Virginia just passed the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country on Tuesday.
Policy changes are important but so are on-the-ground efforts to make abortion accessible for everyone. ProgressNow New Mexico’s partner, the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (NMRCRC) has been working directly with patients to receive funding for their abortion procedures and the logistical resources to make abortion care feasible. They celebrated their 40th anniversary in September and were recognized by the National Network of Abortion Funds for their trailblazing work in abortion access.
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