Yesterday’s defeat of the first-ever municipal abortion ban in the city of Albuquerque marks a major victory for women’s health and shows that voters don’t want to take personal medical decisions out of the hands of women and their doctors. If enacted, the referendum would have banned abortions at 20 weeks, even for victims of rape and incest, severe fetal abnormalities and when a woman’s health is in danger.
The first version of the New Mexico abortion bill could have jailed the rape survivor. The redrafted version could jail the health provider. Either way, the woman loses her right to make her own medical decisions without interference from politicians. New Mexico Rep. Cathrynn Brown's new bill is no better than the old one.