State Democrat seeks repeal of decades-old abortion ban

New Mexico News
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A House bill has been pre-filed that would end a decades-old ban on abortion.

That ban came before landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.

State Rep. Joanne Ferrary of Las Cruces introduced House Bill 51, targeting a 1960s-era New Mexico law that makes it a felony for an abortion provider to terminate a pregnancy without certain exceptions.

The procedure was made legal nationwide in 1973 with the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade.

Ferrary says she is introducing the bill in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns that decision.

The bill is expected to draw strong opposition from Republicans.

Republican House Minority Whip Rod Montoya tells the Albuquerque Journal it would be “reckless” to repeal the abortion law without replacing it with some regulations.

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