Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances House Judiciary Committee, Heads to House Floor for Consideration

Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances House Judiciary Committee, Heads to House Floor for Consideration

Advocates, community members join together once again to share support for the bill, personal stories

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to decriminalize abortion advanced the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 51, sponsored by Rep. Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would repeal the outdated and unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade statute that has remained on the books and criminalizes abortion.

“Healthcare providers, including abortion providers, prioritize patient safety. They follow state and federal regulations, licensing requirements, and constantly update training and standards to deliver the highest quality, safe care,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary. “Healthcare providers should not be criminally charged for providing care that people need.”

“Our rural communities know that they can hold their own moral views about abortion and still trust a woman and her family to make decisions about abortion for themselves,” said Rep. Georgene Louis.  “Every pregnancy is different, and these decisions must remain between a woman, her family, and her medical provider.”

New Mexico is one of nine states with a pre-Roe v. Wade unconstitutional statute. House Democrats know that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, this law could become enforceable again, thereby making abortion a crime and jeopardizing safe access. House Bill 51 now moves to the House Floor for consideration.