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Assessing Advancements in Alternative Policing, Reproductive Rights Protections & Updating the Response to the Yazzie Martinez Ruling

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel discuss recent advancements in alternative policing as the city of Albuquerque swears in civilians at APD. That comes as the Albuquerque Community Safety Department expands its outreach. Gene and the Panel also debates the merits of a bill in the state legislature that would protect reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare. The discussion comes as some local municipalities around the state try to limit access to reproductive healthcare in their communities. Finally, the Panel talks through the growing problem of doctors and healthcare workers leaving our state. The Panelists explore some of the reasons behind the dwindling numbers and tries to find solutions. 

Political Correspondent Gwyneth Doland returns to the Roundhouse to talk with legislators about the reproductive rights bill being considers in house committee. HB 7 would protect access to reproductive and gender-affirming health care across New Mexico by prohibiting public bodies from denying, restricting, or discriminating against an individual’s right to care. 

NMiF Correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with Thomas Saenz, the president and general counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to update the state’s response to the Yazzie Martinez ruling. MALDEF represents Louise Martinez, a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and continues to push for educational advancements for the students highlighted in the court ruling. 

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line opinion panel:
Dede Feldman, fmr. NM State Senator
H. Diane Snyder, fmr. NM State Senator
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law

State Legislature Considers Reproductive Rights Protections 
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland 
Guests: St. Rep. Linda Serrato, (D) NM District 45 – Santa Fe 
St. Rep. Jennifer Jones, (R) NM District 32 – Doña Ana, Hidalgo & Luna 
Marshall Martinez, executive director, Equality New Mexico

Updating the Response to the Yazzie Martinez Ruling 
Correspondent: Russell Contreras 
Guest: Thomas Saenz, president & general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund