Our current state law makes criminals out of health care providers.
In New Mexico, according to statute established half a century ago, it is a felony to perform an abortion.
Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court long ago rendered this backward, outdated state law unenforceable. The high court, in 1973, established a woman’s right to choose as the law of the land. The court made clear women have the absolute right to decide what they will do with their bodies, to make health care and family planning decisions for themselves, to not allow the state to meddle in and restrict their most private and personally sacred decisions.
This Supreme Court holding means the section of our state law making abortion a criminal act is unconstitutional, on top of being a dehumanizing slap in the face of a woman’s most basic rights, on top of criminalizing medical professionals.