Voters Triumph in New Mexico While Women Lose in TexasPosted: November 20, 2013
Across the nation this week, we have seen both victories and serious losses for women’s choice, highlighting the significant influence of geography on individual rights. In a year that has seen the introduction of over 320 anti-choice state laws, women are experiencing the real effects and consequences of big government overreach in personal health decisions, but many voters are standing strong and proving the importance of fighting for individual liberty and freedom of choice.
In a victory for women and personal freedom, Albuquerque voters rejected a measure that would have banned all abortions in the city after twenty weeks, with no exceptions for rape, incest or medical emergencies. The referendum would have been the first of its kind on a municipal level, but New Mexico voters rejected the infringement on women’s rights and proved that the increasing efforts by the anti-choice movement to chip away at personal freedoms is not welcomed by citizens. Courts across the nation have previously thrown out similar state laws, which are based on controversial science and blatantly violate U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
Women in Texas were not so fortunate this week, as the Supreme Court refused to stop a law that has forced one-third of the state’s reproductive healthcare clinics to stop providing services. The ideological decision will allow Texas to continue enforcing a new law that places medically unnecessary restriction on clinics, including requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, a status that is extremely difficult to obtain. Many see the law as a clear effort to end access to safe, legal abortion in the state, and women are already suffering the consequences in one of the worst states for women’s health. The law is currently being challenged in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a trial judge’s decision to suspend the unconstitutional and dangerous law was overturned by an appellate panel.