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2021 Capitol Report, February 12

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After hours of testimony, New Mexico State Senators on Thursday approved a controversial bill on abortion.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Senate Bill Ten, the Respect New Mexico Women and Families Act, would repeal the 1969 New Mexico abortion ban enacted prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized the procedure.

Silver City Democrat Siah Correa Hemphill testified in favor:

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Senate Republicans introduced several amendments and substitutes in an effort to preserve vital components of the law, but all were soundly rejected by the Democratic-led chamber. Farmington Republican William Sharer questioned the legitimacy of Senate Bill Ten:

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Republican Senator Crystal Diamond added, quote: “This bill was about giving the multi-million dollar abortion industry freedom to operate unchecked in our state, thereby jeopardizing the health and well-being of New Mexico women and children,” end quote.

All fifteen Senate Republicans and two Democrats voted against the legislation. A companion House Bill is also moving ahead this session.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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