ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — New Mexico’s governor signed a new executive order on Wednesday that pledges $10 million to build a clinic that would provide abortions and other pregnancy care.
“The goal here is to build it and they will come,” Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham said after signing the order during a virtual announcement that included members of the state Commission on the Status of Women and several lawmakers.
The governor noted that New Mexico has already seen an influx of sick people following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June to overturn Roe v. Wade as abortions ceased in neighboring Texas and elsewhere.
Lujan Grisham, who is running for re-election against Republican Mark Ronchetti, signed it first decree on the matter end of June. It was intended to ensure safe haven for people seeking abortions or abortions in state health facilities.
The latest order reiterates commitments to protect access in addition to directing state agencies to leverage their resources to expand access to reproductive health care – including abortion – in underserved areas of the country. ‘State. The order also directs the state Department of Health to review the feasibility of providing medical abortions at its public health clinics.
Ronchetti said Wednesday that state funds should not be spent on a clinic where late-term abortions would be available for people from out of state. He proposed limiting abortion to the first 15 weeks, or in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.
“Using taxpayer dollars to enable and fund abortion up to the point of birth is not only contrary to New Mexican values, it is extreme,” he said in a statement.
The Democratic-led Legislature will set the next state budget, including capital investments, when it meets in January.
Regarding the proposed one-time injection of $10 million for a new clinic in the Las Cruces area, Lujan Grisham said she is considering partnering with medical schools and private providers, such as the Clinic of the Mississippi at center of court battle Roe who moved south to New Mexico in early August.
One of the largest abortion providers in Texas, Austin-based Whole Woman’s Health, also plans to move some of its operations to New Mexico and southeastern US states.
The Commission on the Status of Women, in a resolution read Wednesday, placed a clear emphasis on protecting access to abortion, protecting health care providers and expanding access to what the panel called a full spectrum of pregnancy care – which includes abortions as well as post-natal care. care.
Commission Chair Lisa Curtis said there needs to be a special focus on underserved areas of the rural state and investment in programs that will develop a pipeline of trained healthcare providers.
Last year, New Mexico lawmakers repealed a dormant 1969 law that banned most abortion procedures as crimes, guaranteeing abortion access following lawsuit action. Supreme Court. Some Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday they would push for action in the next legislative session to further enshrine access and protections in state law.
The Governor said the work done by her allies in the Legislative Assembly and advocacy groups is saving women’s lives.
“The idea that women cannot control their bodies, their dignity, their respect and their autonomy is outrageous,” said Lujan Grisham. “This is a state that will not let this be the status quo.”
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