New Mexico: Quickly becoming the hub for Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Services

According to The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico is experiencing a major shift regarding women’s reproductive healthcare services and practices. Though the number of in-state women seeking abortions has decreased since 2010, the number of out-of-state women seeking abortions and other reproductive health care services in New Mexico has doubled throughout the course of the past three years. The article notes that “Nearly 20 percent of the roughly 4,500 abortions performed in New Mexico in 2014 involved women from out of state, according to state Department of Health data.”

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.”

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