Gov. Lujan Grisham Takes Action to Expand Access to Reproductive Health Care, Safeguard Abortion Access

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is doubling down on her commitment to protecting reproductive health care. Yesterday, the governor signed an executive order to expand access to reproductive health care in New Mexico by dedicating $10 million in funding to build a new reproductive health care clinic.

The clinic will fortify and expand New Mexicans’ access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including regular preventative care, family planning, prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care and support, lactation counseling and support, abortion, and appropriate medical management of miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

“The notion that women cannot have control over their bodies, dignity, respect and autonomy is outrageous,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “This is a state that is not going to let that be the status quo.”

The executive order also directs the New Mexico Department of Health to develop plans to expand abortion access in rural and underserved parts of the state, work to make abortion medications available in state public health clinics, and to reduce wait times and increase access statewide.

“Gov. Lujan Grisham continues to make New Mexico a state that values and protects reproductive rights and freedoms,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Thanks to her actions, women in New Mexico will be able to access the necessary reproductive health care they need. While Republicans scheme to ban abortion and criminalize providers who perform them, Gov. Lujan Grisham is saying, ‘not on my watch.’”