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New Mexico

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

New Mexico's post-viability abortion restriction makes the provision of certain post-viability abortion procedures a felony, unless the procedure is necessary to preserve the life of a woman, or to prevent great bodily harm to a woman, because of physical disorder, illness, or injury, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy and no other medical procedure would suffice.  N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 30-5A-1 to 30-5A-5 (Enacted 2000).

NARAL Pro-Choice America supports the legal framework established in Roe. v. Wade and does not oppose restrictions on post-viability abortion so long as they contain adequate exceptions to protect the woman's life and health.  NARAL Pro-Choice America opposes New Mexico's post-viability restriction because the health exception is dangerously narrow, and because the law's language is overly broad.


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