Bill to safeguard reproductive wellness care providers, sufferers heads to Home floor

With just days left ahead of the finish of the 2023 Legislative Session, the Home Judiciary Committee passed a bill to safeguard reproductive wellness care providers and sufferers in New Mexico. 

The committee passed the bill on y a six to two, celebration line vote.

SB 13, sponsored by state Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, appeared to stall earlier in the session but now heads the Home floor. The bill have to be heard and pass the Home ahead of 12 p.m. Saturday to attain Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk this year.

The bill would, if enacted, safeguard each providers offering reproductive healthcare and sufferers looking for it in New Mexico. The bill would codify Lujan Grisham’s executive order final year so that the protections at present in spot will stay so regardless of who is governor.

The debate in the Home Judiciary Committee centered about regardless of whether the bill would produce legal complications if a provider is licensed in each New Mexico and in a state exactly where abortion has been criminalized. 

State Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, mentioned when “someone commits a crime in one more state, it is a practice that we cooperate with that state.”

“This is saying we’re not cooperating with them. I do not have an understanding of that rationale,” he mentioned.

State Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, who presented the bill to the committee, mentioned “in our state, we’re defending healthcare by making certain these practicing would not be topic to any extradition.”

“That’s the point of the bill,” she mentioned. 

Home Majority Floor Leader Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, asked if any state that has currently passed equivalent legislation has skilled a lawsuit that has shifted to federal court.

Romero mentioned she has not heard of a single.

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