Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico signed Monday’s executive order to protect women who seek abortions and providers of abortion in the southwestern region after Roe v Wade was overturned Friday by the Supreme Court.
“Residents who seek access will be protected,” stated the Democratic governor at a news conference. He is also running for a second term in November.
According to the order New Mexico will try to protect health care professionals from being sued and prevent them from losing their licenses, or being disciplined, for providing abortion services. New Mexico will not comply any warrants or extradition requests related to abortion from other states.
According to Albuquerque Journal, the executive order could be repealed “by a future governor.”
The governor stated that further steps like codifying abortion rights into state statutes and funding public health could be taken during the 60-day legislative session which begins in January.
She said that the United States was engaged in a “national struggle” over women’s abortion rights. This is because a lot of states are moving quickly to ensure access to abortion while trigger bans are being implemented in many states.
New Mexico’s legislators repealed last year a 1969 abortion ban that was unenforceable due to the 1973 Supreme Court Roe Vs Wade decision.