A Citadel in New Mexico to fightback against anti-abortion crusaders

Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham moved Wednesday to buttress access to abortions in New Mexico, signing an executive order that pledges $10 million to build a state-funded clinic providing abortion and other services in Doña Ana County.

The governor’s executive order also directs the state Department of Health to marshal state resources to expand access to reproductive health – including abortion – in rural parts of the state and study whether medication that ends pregnancies can be provided in public health clinics.

“This is a state that will stand against any attempts to remove or eviscerate women’s constitutional rights,” Lujan Grisham said during a remote briefing with reporters, legislators and members of the state’s Commission on the Status of Women.

The move comes as New Mexico has seen an influx of patients from Texas and other states seeking abortion services…

Lujan Grisham already issued a previous executive order aimed at shielding health care professionals targeted by lawsuits from losing their licenses or being disciplined for providing abortion services.

The June order also asserts the state will not comply with abortion-related arrest warrants or extradition requests from other states.

Our Governor Michelle is one tough woman. And as far as I can see, a majority of folks in the state agree with her.

2 thoughts on “A Citadel in New Mexico to fightback against anti-abortion crusaders

  1. Update says:

    “The new front line of the U.S. abortion battle is on the remote plains of New Mexico, where two conservative towns are set to outlaw the medical procedure despite it remaining legal in the state after Roe v. Wade was struck down.
    The towns of Clovis and Hobbs do not even have abortion clinics but are strategic, activists and clinicians say, because they are near the border with Texas, to the east. Texas was one of the first states to impose a near-total ban on abortion and providers could face up to life in prison there.” https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/10/29/world/new-mexico-abortion-front-lines/
    The town-level strategy is the brainchild of a Christian pastor and a conservative lawyer who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a critic of Roe.
    Mark Lee Dickson, a pastor and head of the Right to Life of East Texas, founded the “sanctuary cities for the unborn” movement in 2019. In New Mexico, Dickson worked with conservative lawyer Jonathan Mitchell, who was the architect of Texas’ 2021 “heartbeat” abortion law.

  2. New Rulers says:

    A pending federal lawsuit could impact the use of medication abortion for patients nationwide, including New Mexico. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2023/02/03/a-court-decision-expected-soon-on-medication-abortion-could-have-wide-implication/
    A religious group filed a complaint in November in a district in Texas where the likely federal district judge to consider the case is a Trump appointee with long standing connections to politically active religious groups, the Center for Reproductive Rights has said. The suit asks the court to overturn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of mifepristone in 2000, claiming that the FDA approved the drug through its accelerated drug approval authority. The complaint states that the FDA “never studied the safety of the drug” that it approved as safe for abortion care 22 years ago.
    Mifepristone is one part of the two-drug regime for medication abortion. Abortion medication now accounts for 53 percent of abortions in the U.S., according to the reproductive research organization the Guttmacher Institute.

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