New Mexico: Quickly becoming the hub for Women’s Reproductive Healthcare ServicesPosted: March 21, 2016
New Mexico is one of the few states that has yet to pass restrictive abortion laws, making it a safe haven for women seeking these services. As such, the state has quickly become the spot for Texas women, in particular, to receive care. Though the restrictions in New Mexico are few (the state is also one of the few that has no restrictions on late-term pregnancy terminations), the number of abortions for the state’s residents ages 19 and younger have declined by 66 percent since 2000, from 1,269 to 435 in 2014.
With such surprising numbers, it appears New Mexico’s approach to reproductive health care has proven most effective in the prevention of unintended pregnancy and reducing abortion rates. Additionally, the Center for Reproductive Rights argues that New Mexico’s Constitution “protects the right to abortion more strongly than the U.S. Constitution.”