The 2015 New Mexico Legislative Session saw FOUR attacks on women’s access to safe abortion services at the New Mexico legislature. Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico, in partnership with its partners defended against these attacks, defeating them all. HB 390 would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, HB 391 would have required parental notification before any minor could receive an abortion, SB 437 sought to implement an unnecessary requirement of hospital admitting privileges for abortion providers in New Mexico, and SB 652 would have instituted a waiting period and biased counseling before a woman could seek abortion care.
The 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session saw one anti-choice bill (SB289) which sought to ban funding to any entity providing abortion services that does not comply with federal funding rules, meaning no funding unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The bill was found killed because it was found non-germane for the limited 2014 limited budget session.
Following an election with low voter turnout, the majority of Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico’s endorsed candidates were elected (16 out of 31).
The 2013 session also saw four attacks on women’s access to safe abortion services in New Mexico. These bills included two parental notification bills, a personhood act and a biased counseling bill. All of these attacks were defeated.
During the shortened budget session, PPVNM helped defeat two parental notification bills, which were found to be non-germane.
Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico worked as part of the Respect Albuquerque Women campaign to defeat a dangerous municipal ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in Albuquerque. Only about 25% of Albuquerque’s registers voters turned out to vote, and the bill was defeated 55% to 45%.