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Swift reaction in New Mexico to ruling

Abortion-rights protesters following Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected right to abortion, in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
New Mexico politicians and other officials had strong reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion nationwide. Here’s what they had to say.

 

“This ruling will destroy both lives and livelihoods. Make no mistake: this is a war on women. The effort is not to protect life but to diminish it, to control women and relegate them as second-class citizens.” — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

 

“Today’s court ruling paves the way for a measured dialogue on the issue of abortion that will save lives and should result in policies that are more mainstream and reflect our shared values. As governor, I would seek a middle ground with our legislature that ends the practice of late-term and partial-birth abortion…” — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti

 

“Today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade creates medical uncertainty and chaos throughout our nation. I want to assure New Mexico women and their families that I will continue to fight for their rights to adequate health services that are protected under New Mexico law.” — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

 

“Like the overwhelming majority of the American people, I believe that a woman has a right to make her own health care decisions without the government getting between her and her medical providers. But with today’s decision, and as MAGA state legislatures across the country continue passing stricter abortion laws, we enter dangerous territory that could put some women who seek an abortion behind bars.” — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

 

“Today’s decision by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has shamefully taken our country backwards — undermining nearly 50 years of legal precedent and putting the most vulnerable at risk by rolling back women’s reproductive rights. This decision shows how out-of-touch extremist conservative justices and politicians are with the American people who overwhelmingly support Roe.” — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.

 

“Today, life wins … now, it is our responsibility as Americans to build a society where every mother and her child are protected, supported, and loved.” — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-N.M.

 

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an outdated opinion and rightfully returned the issue of abortion to the states. Tragically, in New Mexico, Planned Parenthood and radical progressives have worked overtime to ensure that nothing will change in response to this historic decision.” — State Sen. Crystal Diamond, R-Elephant Butte

 

“The decision is in the best interest of America, and the high court’s Justices have fulfilled their duty to protect the lives of the unborn and to abolish the horrors of abortion. Abortion is wrong on moral grounds, and I and everyone who stand for life am pleased at the outcome in this important ruling.” — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce

 

“Deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling, but grateful for leaders in this state who understand the importance of protecting reproductive rights.” — Mayor Tim Keller

 

“The Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization affirms our belief that life is precious, valuable, and should be protected at all stages … This has been the Church’s prayer for the last 50 years.” — Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester
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