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Reproductive Healthcare in New Mexico

NMiF Senior Producer Lou DiVizio introduces the podcast this week with a roundup of headlines around the state. That includes the new ESPN report detailing the alleged hazing and sexual assaults that took place on the New Mexico State men’s basketball team. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announces $12.6 million for a desalination facility in Alamogordo meant to remove of ‘forever chemicals’ from area groundwater. And, the state’s Children Youth and Families Department is facing criticism from a state lawmaker and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government over a new advisory council that will be closed to the public. 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.  

Gene speaks 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. 

Then, Gene and The Line Opinion Panel reconvene to discuss the statewide anti-abortion movement and consider the local impact of out-of-state activists on smaller, Republican-leaning communities across New Mexico. 

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

Host: Lou DiVizio

The Line 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 

Sam Cobb, mayor, Hobbs
Laura Schauer Ives, civil rights attorney

Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland

For More Information:

After hours of debate Edgewood passes ordinance restricting access to abortion – Albuquerque Journal 

Edgewood’s anti-abortion ordinance: Here’s what people said – Albuquerque Journal 

City of Eunice sues governor and attorney general over abortion rule – Source NM 

Hobbs adopts new abortion ordinance – KRQE  

New Mexico passed laws protecting access to abortion. Opponents ready for legal fight — even to U.S. Supreme Court. – Albuquerque Journal 

‘They’re fearful:’ What New Mexico abortion providers are seeing as their patient numbers soar – Albuquerque Journal 

New Mexico was once among a handful of states where abortions later in pregnancy were available. That changed in January. – Albuquerque Journal 

New Mexico passed laws protecting access to abortion. Opponents ready for legal fight — even to U.S. Supreme Court. – Albuquerque Journal 

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