Faithful Voice for Choice, Spring 2017

Your new health planCongress may be on recess, but the threat to our health care is still very much alive. Here’s what you can do!

“TrumpCare” is back, it’s even worse than before. and Congressman Pearce is still undecided about this terrible bill. It’s important that he hear from everyone in CD 2, and across the state, if the rumors are true about a possible run for Governor! The vote could take place by the end of the month or first week of May.

  • Call Representative Pearce,  tell him: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Move on.
  • Get a group together and request a face to face meeting. Neighbors, a family group or members of your faith community. Rep. Pearce says he is interested in hearing directly from his constituents. How to schedule a meeting and what to say.

Legislative Update

New Mexico’s legislature convened January 17 for a “long” or 60-day session and adjourned March 18. The deadline for the Governor to sign or veto legislation was April 7. This year, in addition to stopping all of the bills restricting abortion, the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, as part of Respect NM Women, introduced our own slate of bills to not only protect but expand access to reproductive healthcare in New Mexico! Two of our most successful bills were HB 179 and SB 121.

House Bill 179 – Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act: Passed both House and Senate, but vetoed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 121 – will ban the dangerous practice of Gay Conversion Therapy in NM. Passed both Senate and House and signed by the Governor. New Mexico is the eighth state to ban conversion therapy!

Read the full Legislative Report HERE!

 

About Joan Lamunyon Sanford

Executive Director of the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
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