Albuquerque, NM – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced and signed an Executive Order that expands reproductive health care, including abortion. The executive order allocates a significant investment in a clinic in Doña Ana County and calls on the Department of Health and the Human Services Department to leverage resources to expand care and develop policies around efficiency and sustainability of reproductive services across the state. The executive order was signed alongside the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women and state legislators.
Ellie Rushforth, reproductive rights attorney for the ACLU of New Mexico released the following statement:
“We commend the Governor and the Commission for listening to and working alongside reproductive health care providers and reproductive rights and justice advocates about what is most needed in our communities - access. This action will strengthen and expand the infrastructure for reproductive health care in our state. Now, more than ever, it is critical that New Mexicans and our neighbors have access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare, including abortion. This action is the result of tireless work by advocates, community members, and policy makers to center the needs of our communities and those most impacted by lack of access to health care.
New Mexicans stand firm in our values of respect and compassion. We will continue fighting until everyone can get the health care they need and we look forward to working with the Governor and other policymakers to make this a reality for all New Mexicans.”