Day 3: Governor’s Assault on Women’s Health is Taken From GOP Playbook

Governor Martinez attempted to ignore New Mexican families and put women’s health at risk to further her political career

This is day three for DPNM’s series in exposing Governor Martinez’s failed political agenda for the recent legislative session. Today’s topic is her extreme initiatives to limit access to women’s healthcare.

The Governor supported SB 347, which would have closed numerous clinics throughout the state that provide vital reproductive services to women; services ranging from family planning and birth control to non-surgical procedures.

“The Governor has once again showed complete disregard for the health and well being of New Mexican’s and instead has chosen to further her own political career,” stated DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman. “The people of our state have already said that women must have full reproductive rights and access to necessary medical services. Many women live in rural communities in our state that are far from hospitals. Access to clinics in their communities is the only safe way to ensure that they receive the services they need.”

HB390 and HB391 also passed the Republican controlled House with the backing of the Governor. These measures are an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Measures such as these would force young women who may have been sexually assaulted by a family member, to actually ask for that family member’s permission to get an abortion.

This is not the first legislative session that Governor Martinez has tried to limit access to proper healthcare and family planning for women. This Governor has taken a page out of the radical GOP playbook on these issues to increase her standing with the national GOP.

If you want to understand how she views the safety and wellbeing of women, simply look at her actions. Marcus Hiles, a wealthy donor from Texas who was also convicted of domestic violence in 2013, contributed $120,000 to the Governor and her supported PAC. While many other politicians who received contributions from Mr. Hiles have returned those contributions, Governor Martinez has stubbornly refused.

Thankfully, like the other terrible pieces of legislation that Governor Martinez advocated and pushed for during the 60-day session, these were ultimately stopped by NM Senate Democrats.