Once Again, the New Mexico GOP wants to turn New Mexico into Texas
Yesterday, September 1st, a new Texas law went into effect that bans abortions after six weeks —before most women even know that they’re pregnant. Many Texans will now be forced to travel to New Mexico and other neighboring states to access these critical health care services. But New Mexico will only remain a safe haven for reproductive health care access if we continue to elect legislators who protect reproductive rights. Currently, all of the New Mexican GOP candidates for governor are anti-abortion extremists who are out of touch and would seek to strip this critical right away from many New Mexicans:
- State Representative Rebecca Dow has claimed that “every abortion violates a ‘human right,’ She has even introduced dangerous anti-abortion legislation, including a 2019 bill that would allow a doctor to refuse to perform an abortion.
- Jay Block has gone even farther, stating that he “will be a fighter every day for the rights of the unborn to have a chance at life,” and suggesting that supporting access to abortion healthcare is “evil” and “devalues life.”
- Louie Sanchez has described himself as “strongly pro-life” and has supported legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks—directly challenging Roe v. Wade.
- Greg Zanetti has a long standing anti-abortion record, even serving as the chairman of the New Mexico Right to Life movement.
- Ethel Maharg is a champion of the anti-abortion movement and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico. She has proudly proclaimed that her campaign is a “Pro Life Campaign” and has asserted that New Mexico needs “ the church to put an end to the culture of death in our state.”
- Karen Bedonie is also unapolegetically anti-choice—in her campaign announcement video she exclaims that she is “Pro-Life” and that she “will fight for our state to be a pro-life state.”
The majority of New Mexicans agree that every woman has the right to make her own decision about her pregnancy and her reproductive health. In 2017, 74% of rural New Mexicans and 79% of Catholic New Mexicans said that they respect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Across all demographics, New Mexicans believe that people have the right to make their own choices for themselves and their families.
The extremist GOP candidates for governor want to push their own beliefs about abortion onto New Mexicans. If GOP candidates had their way, New Mexico would be in the same situation as Texas right now. They are dangerous for reproductive rights and abortion health care in New Mexico.