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June 27, 2016


Rachael Maestas, ACLU-NM, 505-321-1057

Denicia Cadena, Young Women United, 575-202-7571

New Mexico groups react to today’s U.S. Supreme Court abortion access decision

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decisive ruling on a Texas abortion law that could have shut down all but 9 clinics in Texas. The 5-3 ruling strikes down two provisions of HB2, which drastically reduced access to abortion in Texas and forced Texas women and families to travel hundreds of miles to New Mexico and other states to access abortion services.

“Today, we applaud the Supreme Court decision to strike down unnecessary and burdensome restrictions designed to keep women from the abortion care they may need. We celebrate with our neighbors in Texas, and with women and families across the country who are closer to the healthcare and resources needed to make real decisions about their own bodies and lives,” said Tannia Esparza, Executive Director of Young Women United.

“Today we are celebrating the decisive 5-3 ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court that strikes down the Texas law that interferes with a person’s ability to access a safe and legal abortion within their own community. Today’s decision reaffirms that the Constitutional right to abortion is not merely theoretical, but protects an individual’s right to actually access abortion without unwarranted government interference. We continue to stand with people all over the country who need access to abortion and with the courageous abortion providers who continue to serve their communities”, said Erin Armstrong, the reproductive rights attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico.

To schedule an interview, please contact Rachael Maestas at 505-321-1057 or Denicia Cadena at 575-202-7571. Spanish language interviews available.

Young Women United (YWU) leads reproductive justice organizing and policy initiatives by and for self-identified young women and people of color in New Mexico. 

The ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) defends the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to maintain and advance the cause of civil liberties within the state of New Mexico, with particular emphasis on the freedom of religion, speech, press, association, and assemblage, and the right to vote, due process of law and equal protection of law, and to take any legitimate action in the furtherance and defense of such purposes.