New Mexico’s legislature convened Tuesday, January 19, 2016 for a “short” or 30-day session. This has been a crazy year, with the highly edited CMP videos targeted at Planned Parenthood, and local anti-abortion activists targeting our own clinics and the University of New Mexico’s life-saving research programs.
On Friday January 29, we learned that three bills that take private decisions about health care out of the hands of families and put them into the hands of politicians were introduced in the NM House and Senate. They are House Bill (HB) 275, and Senate Bills (SB) 242 and 243.
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Bills we are opposing
HB 55, which would allow discrimination based solely on personal religious beliefs. No hearings scheduled.
HB 275, will restrict access to abortion by adding additional burdensome restrictions and vilifies abortion providers as outside of mainstream medicine. House Health Committee hearing – Thursday, February 4, 8:30 am. Tabled! House Health Committee, Saturday February 6.
HM 101 The sponsor of HB 275 is trying to get his bill passed now as a Memorial. It would require that CYFD, HSD and DOH inspect abortion clinics and create a report to the Governor and the legislature. It vilifies providers, scares patients and shames women and families who have decided to access abortion care. The State Board of Medicine already oversees and looks into any wrongdoing by any medical provider in any field. Legislators need to put families first, by addressing our budget crisis, and stop inserting themselves into what should be private, personal decisions. Tabled! House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee, Tuesday February 15.