The 2019 legislative session has commenced!
This will be a busy 60 days with many newly elected lawmakers and a new Democratic Governor (Michelle Lujan Grisham) who is excited to get to work.
Protecting abortion access in the state is definitely on the list of priorities for both the Speaker of the House, Brian Egolf (D- Santa Fe), and the Governor herself. In her State of the State speech she committed to working towards maintaining abortion access:
“Let us show the women of this state that we will not allow faraway federal judges to determine autonomy over their bodies. The old criminal abortion law of this state, one of only nine left in the country, must go.”
Lawmakers seem ready to take action, with Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D- Las Cruces) pre filling HB 51 to Decriminalize Abortion, a bill which would remove the criminal abortion statute from the New Mexico criminal code. This would protect the current access we have regardless of what may happen at the federal level if Roe v Wade were to be compromised.
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