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New Mexico Legislature moves to preserve abortion rights

Linda Lopez
Posted at 4:37 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 19:37:08-05

A bill to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico by overturning a dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures has been approved by the Democrat-led Legislature.

The state House passed the bill Friday and sent it to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has said she will sign it. The initiative stands as a counterpoint to proposed abortion bans this year in several Republican-led legislatures.

If left in place, New Mexico’s ban on most abortion procedures could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court eventually overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

Meanwhile on Friday, South Carolina's new law banning most abortions was suspended by a federal judge on its second day in effect. Friday's suspension will last until the judge can hold a more substantial hearing March 9 on whether the law should not be enforced until Planned Parenthood's legal challenge is finished.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed the law Thursday. South Carolina's new ban is similar to abortion restriction laws that a dozen states have previously passed. All were stopped from taking effect and currently are tied up in court.

Abortion is legal under federal law.