Tomorrow is the last day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Bernalillo County’s great team of Democratic legislators for what has been, in my estimation, the most productive session on record. It’s been at least the most productive session that I’ve seen in my 30 years of living in New Mexico. I especially want to thank the freshman legislators who jumped in and largely functioned like a bunch of “old pros”, introducing and fighting for their own bills and working with others to get tons of great bills passed.
But . . . and it seems that there’s always a “but” . . . there was one huge disappointment just yesterday. HB 51, which would have repealed an 1969 law criminalizing virtually all abortions in this state, failed to pass the Senate with an 18-24 vote. This law has been on New Mexico’s books for 50 years, but was really only in effect for the first four years of its existence, since it was rendered moot by Roe v. Wade in 1973, so it remaining on the books may seem like not a big deal right now. However, the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court puts Roe v. Wade in jeopardy. If SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade this antiquated New Mexico law would go back into effect, negating the control that women have over their own bodies.
The vote that killed the repeal in the Senate was largely along party lines, with no single Republican voting for the repeal. However, eight Democrats joined with the Republicans to reject the repeal, keeping the law on the books. Fortunately, none of our great Bernalillo County senators broke ranks. All 12 Democrats from our county voted for women having control over their own bodies, and they deserve our thanks for standing up for women across the state. But this highlights the need for hard work in 2020 to replace the six Republican senators from here who voted for suppression of a woman’s right to choose.
In 2020 we need to put a lot of attention on Senate Districts 10 (Gould), 19 (White), 20 (Payne), 21 (Moores), 23 (Rue) and 29 (Baca). The work to replace these outdated misogynists needs to start NOW!
We MUST keep working together!
Chair, Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
505-463-7045 (Text Please)