Rep. Armstrong Introduces Legislation to Provide Common Ground on Women’s Health Care
Bill Ensures Access to Services to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion
Representative Deborah Armstrong, a long-time women’s health care advocate and member of the House Health Committee, on Tuesday, along with 28 cosponsors, introduced legislation that establishes common ground on women’s health care by ensuring access to health care services – rather than restricting access.
“The Women & Family Health and Wellness bill allows members to unite behind a common goal of providing high-quality health care for women, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in New Mexico,” Armstrong said. “Unlike other bills, this legislation does not restrict access to care. It provides common ground for all members to stand on – regardless of their views on abortion.”
Specifically, this bill:
- Ensures reasonable access – through New Mexico health insurance providers and Medicaid – to all needed gynecological, obstetric and family planning services;
- Ensures access to all FDA approved services, devices and procedures; and
- Ensures confidentiality for all patients.
This legislation is about guaranteeing access to care,” Armstrong said, “and everyone who is committed to decreasing the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in New Mexico, can – and should – support this bill, rather than bills that would restrict access to services.”