Bills would protect reproductive health rights in New Mexico, including abortions

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — After some New Mexico cities banned things related to abortion in their communities, Democratic lawmakers are trying to stop them with bills. These bills aim to protect access to abortion in the state. Now Republicans are arguing that these cities have the right to make these decisions.

On Friday, State Senator Linda Lopez and Rep. Linda Serrato announced that they will introduce two new bills in this legislature dealing with reproductive health in the state of New Mexico.

“I’m really looking forward to presenting these bills with my friends,” said Senator Linda Lopez.

“They protect women’s bodily autonomy, they protect a person’s access to health care, and what we need more in New Mexico is more access to health care, not less,” said Representative Serrato.

Senator Lopez will sponsor the Reproductive Health Care Protection Act, which would make the governor’s executive order law. It prevents government agencies and others from sharing private information related to reproductive health care.

“In addition, it also ensures that facilities understand the best ways to protect patient data or provide information from abusive investigations or harassment by other facilities,” said Representative Serrato.

Rep. Serrato’s Reproductive Health Care Freedom Act bill would prohibit local communities from denying or restricting access to reproductive care, including abortion.

“We shouldn’t scare women to go ahead and get the medical care they need just because their counties may be tracking them in some way. They should receive medical care without fear of jail.”

This comes after Clovis, Hobbs and Roosevelt County enacted their own abortion bans under an obscure federal law banning the shipping of medical supplies for abortions. Serrato argues that the state is the regulator of reproductive health care, not local cities. Republicans said those communities, which hold more conservative values, want their values ​​upheld in their area.

“So, I think it’s certainly state laws that govern these things, but cities and counties certainly have a right to express their opinions through ordinances, not through ordinances, but through positions that they take,” he said Senator Stuart Ingle, representing portions of Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and Roosevelt counties.

Serrato said if her bill passed, ordinances in those cities would become dormant.