Democrats Protect Access to Safe & Legal Abortion
Committee Members Emphasized that Government Should Not Dictate Personal Medical Decisions
Santa Fe, NM - Today, Democrats on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee blocked two bills aimed at restricting access to safe and legal abortion. Both bills, sponsored by Republicans David M. Gallegos (R-Eunice), Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo), Rick Little (R-Chaparral), and Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), were tabled by the Democrats on the committee.
House Bill 220 would have banned safe, legal access to abortion later in pregnancy. House Bill 221 would have forced young women under the age of 17 to notify a parent or guardian before accessing a safe and legal abortion.
“New Mexican women and families need access to safe and legal healthcare, including abortion, without government interference,” said Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque). “Our state remains a place where women from our communities can access the safe and legal healthcare that our families need.”
In November 2013, a majority of Albuquerque voters stopped a ballot measure to ban access to abortion later in pregnancy. Valencia County voters followed suit shortly thereafter.
Many national health care organizations opposed HB 221, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians.