New Mexico abortion bill called ‘most extreme in the nation’
Published February 7, 2019 Last Update February 8, 2019
“HB-51 is the most extreme bill in the nation because it keeps elective abortion-up-to-birth, and also seeks to force medical professionals to participate in this practice by stripping away explicit conscience protections from the current statute,”
2020 Incumbents who support HB51:
Roll Call: NM HB51 | 2019 | Regular Session
|Rep. Romero, Andrea D. [D]||X|
|Sen. Soules, William P. [D]||X|
|Sen. Steinborn, Jeff [D]||X|
|Sen. Tallman, Bill G. [D||X|
2020 Candidates who support HB51:
Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances?
Senate District 30 Pamela Cordova [D]
I support the repeal of our 1969 abortion ban because women should be trusted to make their own healthcare decisions—not politicians.
Senate District 28 Siah Correa Hemphill [D]
I support the decriminalization of abortion in New Mexico. We need to focus on ensuring women have access to reproductive healthcare and family planning, and men and women have paid maternity and paternity leave and access to quality childcare.
“So in regard to what was the House Bill 51, I absolutely would vote to repeal that and get it off the books,” Hemphill said. “We should not be criminalizing women, and we should not be criminalizing doctors. That’s very oppressive.” Hemphill seeks to shift the focus to making sure women have adequate access to reproductive health care. Her stance is to make sure politicians are not interfering in health care decisions.
Senate District 20 Candidate Martin Hickey [D]
Support. While we all may have differing or complex personal opinions on this issue, I believe we can all agree that these highly personal healthcare decisions should be made between a woman, her doctor and her family without government interference.
Senate District 9 Brenda Grace Agoyothé McKenna [D]
I strongly support repeal of the 1969 anti-abortion law. I am an ardent supporter of a woman’s right to choose the health care decisions that are best for her. Government should not insert itself in anyone’s health care choices.
House District 40 Roger Montoya [D]
I do not believe politicians should interfere with a woman’s personal healthcare decision, and it’s time we repeal this antiquated state law.