Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances First Committee

Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances First Committee

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

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 Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would repeal the outdated and unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade statute that has remained on the books and criminalizes abortion.

“New Mexico has a long history of valuing the service and contributions made by our health care providers. We need to repeal this outdated law to keep our providers practicing safe medicine,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary. “Every pregnancy is different, and these decisions must remain between a woman, her family, and her medical provider, guided by her faith.”

“Communities across our rural state have a history of respecting our diverse personal and religious beliefs, including differing views about abortion,” said Rep. Georgene Louis. “Every New Mexican deserves access to safe and legal health care without fear or penalty.”

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 Judiciary Committee for consideration.