Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Passes House, Heads to the Senate for Consideration

Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Passes House, Heads to the Senate for Consideration

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to decriminalize abortion advanced in the House Chambers. 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 Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would repeal the outdated and unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade statute that has remained on the books and criminalizes abortion.

“This bill does not change current healthcare practice, it simply removes antiquated law that criminalizes healthcare,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary. “Like all health care providers, abortion providers are held to rigorous medical standards, evaluation, and guidelines. Healthcare providers, including abortion providers, prioritize patient safety and should not be criminalized for providing safe, legal care.”

“These personal decisions must remain between a woman and her family,” said Rep. Georgene Louis. “Every New Mexican deserves access to safe and legal healthcare without fear or penalty. This is not an abortion bill – this is a decriminalization bill, and we must come together to repeal this old law.”

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 Senate for consideration.