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Democrats repeal New Mexico’s abortion ban which would go into effect if Roe overturned

Republicans opposed the repeal.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic state senators advanced a bill Monday to repeal New Mexico’s dormant, 50-year-old ban on most abortion procedures that could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.

A bill that would shore up abortion rights statewide won its first committee endorsement on a 5-3, party-line vote with Republicans in opposition.

New Mexico’s 1969 abortion statute allows medical termination of a pregnancy with permission of a specialized hospital board only in instances of incest, rape reported to police, grave medical risks to the woman and indications of grave medical defects in the fetus.

The law has been dormant since 1973, when the nation’s highest court issued the Roe v. Wade decision, overriding state laws that banned or severely restricted access to abortion procedures.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Hawk

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