House Bill 16, Decriminalize Abortion In New Mexico
New Mexican families are strong and resilient. We want all of our families to live the lives that they want and be treated with respect. New Mexicans from all corners of our state agree that women and families deserve to make our own healthcare decisions, including a woman’s personal decision about abortion.
As politicians in Washington D.C. and other states put up barriers to reproductive health care, New Mexicans know that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is personal and should remain between a woman and her health care provider.
Barriers to reproductive health care only benefit a political agenda that does not reflect the values of New Mexico. As New Mexicans, we understand that a woman and her family need access to a full range of health care, including safe and legal abortion.
In a rural state where we are in great need of skilled and qualified health care providers, we must repeal anti-abortion language in the criminal code of New Mexico, as it only criminalizes important health needs of women and deters medical providers from making our state their home.
It is because we respect New Mexico women that we urge the Governor to allow debate on House Bill 16, that would finally remove an old, outdated law from the 1960s that criminalizes abortion and health care providers.
Governor Martinez: Add House Bill 16 to the agenda for the 2018 Regular Legislative Session.