Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights

It is impossible to miss what’s happening in Texas, where women’s reproductive health rights are virtually gone. Missouri is the most recent state to limit a woman’s right to choose and it is expected that more states will follow. It is widely assumed that when the Supreme Court hears the Texas and Mississippi cases, they will erode what’s left of a woman’s right to choose.

Abortion Rights Under Attack

Women from Texas are now coming to New Mexico, and other neighboring states, for abortions. This creates enormous financial and emotional damage and violates constitutional rights guaranteed by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 

In 2020, Texas performed nearly 55,000 abortions while in 2017, New Mexico performed 4,000. Access to surgical abortions will become problematic for both out-of-state and New Mexico women.

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Take Action

Eliminate the Hyde Amendment in the Federal Budget

The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. While New Mexico is one of the few states that uses public funds to pay for abortion, the majority of poor women in this country do not have access because Medicaid does not cover it. President Biden’s proposal to remove the ban did not survive the budget process.

What We Are Doing

Right now the committee is staying informed about what is happening at the federal level and in different states. We will also monitor any proposed legislation in New Mexico that would attempt to weaken our laws. Once the Supreme Court issues its opinion there may be further action required.

Take Action

Write, text or call your senators and representatives urging them to support the elimination of the Hyde Amendment.

Indivisible SOS was co-organizer of the October 2021 Reproductive Rights Rally in Santa Fe
NM Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham
Indivisible SOS Santa Fe's President Sandy Dransfield