Lawmakers, health care advocates hope to expand access to abortion care

This story was originally published by Source New Mexico.

On the same day, the Supreme Court announced its verdict Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthat lifted state protections on abortion, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stood before hundreds in Old Town Albuquerque and pledged to protect reproductive rights in New Mexico.

It set the tone in her re-election campaign, which focused on the issue, including a promise that she would try to protect abortion through state legislation.

And after snagging another four years in office, she will be working with a legislature that retained its Democratic majority in this year’s general election, making it likely that legal protections for abortion could come into force after the 2023 legislature.

One lawmaker and some health care advocates say the state must prioritize legislation that expands patient access and resources for reproductive services, burdened by an increase in out-of-state patients.