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Reproductive Healthcare in New Mexico & Hobbs Mayor on Anti-Abortion Ordinance

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and The Line Opinion Panel discuss the ongoing fight to restrict access to reproductive healthcare in New Mexico. Gene asks why the town of Edgewood moved to pass an anti-abortion ordinance shortly after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new law that prohibits municipalities from creating laws that restrict access.  Then, Gene and the panel discuss the statewide anti-abortion movement and consider the local impact of out-of-state activists on smaller, Republican-leaning communities across New Mexico. 

Gene also sits down with Sam Cobb, mayor of Hobbs, to discuss Cobb’s decision last fall to pass an ordinance that restricts abortion access to residents. Gene asks the mayor if lawmakers in Santa Fe are hearing concerns and alternative viewpoints from his city. 

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with civil rights attorney Laura Schauer Ives about how local anti-abortion court cases could impact people nationwide. 

The Vatican in March issued a formal “repudiation” of the Catholic Church’s“Doctrine of Discovery,” a papal decree made nearly 500 years ago that called for European colonization of Native American lands. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with two indigenous leaders to discuss the church’s decision and how this is the first step in a long journey towards healing for indigenous communities. 

Host: Gene Grant

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Elise Kaplan, investigative reporter, Albuquerque Journal 
H. Diane Snyder, former NM Republican state Senator 
Martha Burk, political psychologist and author 

Mayor of Hobbs Explains Anti-Abortion Ordinance 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guest: Sam Cobb, mayor, Hobbs 

Civil Rights Attorney on Abortion Access in New Mexico and Nationwide 
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland 
Guest: Laura Schauer Ives, civil rights attorney 

Pueblo Reaction: Catholic Church Repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery  
Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales 
Guests: Joannie Suina (Cochiti Pueblo), National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition 
State Rep. Derrick Lente Sandia Pueblo)- Sandia