Women-Led New Mexico Legislature Vote to Repeal Law Banning Abortion

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New Mexico’s legislature recently voted to repeal a ban on most abortion procedures in the state. The 52-year old law was dormant since 1973, after Roe v. Wade was issued, but was a point of focus for the current Democratic-led legislature due to fears of Trump-appointed Justices in the Supreme Court possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. 

This was done in an effort to protect abortion rights in the state of New Mexico should such an occurrence take place. The state’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a video conference meeting with the news media, that she would sign the proposal if the legislature approved it. 

“With uncertainty at the federal level, New Mexico needs to be clear about women’s rights, women’s healthcare, women’s reproductive choices, abortion, and abortion care,” said Lujan Grisham.

Women make up the majority of New Mexico’s legislature as well as the Democratic caucus. They accounted for most of the support for repealing the former law. Democratic state representative Joanne Ferrary of Las Cruces talked about the dangers and the consequences women have faced without protections for reproductive rights. 

“Should the protections of Roe v. Wade fall or be changed we won’t go back to the days of when I was a teenager and women had to take their chances with unsafe conditions and untrained abortion providers.” She continued, “Many lost their lives or suffered permanent injury, such as infertility.” 

The Realist Woman’s take:

Yet again, this is why we need women in politics. For the most part, women in a position of power, women with opportunities to create change, will always prioritize the needs of women and will advocate for or make a law out of those priorities. This is a smart move on behalf of the women in New Mexico’s legislature. 

Yes, Trump did appoint three justices to the Supreme Court and they all have a history of supporting anti-abortion laws or causes. So, in the event that they would vote to overturn our only federal abortion law, it’s important that the states protect women. 

I applaud this move. It’s necessary.