New Mexico Medical Provider Statement of Support:
We, medical providers from across New Mexico, draw upon our medical training and expertise to support a woman’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services including abortion.
We provide health services in various specialties to thousands of women and their families. Some of these women find themselves faced with the decision to have an abortion. One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.
These women are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our peers. As medical providers and as New Mexicans, we believe strongly that limiting access to abortion is bad health policy and can put women in danger. We recognize that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to a woman and her family in consultation with her medical provider.
We live in an era where abortion is discussed at length both in the media and in our communities. Regardless of how we feel about abortion personally, we know that this is a complex issue. The decision to have an abortion is not something that should be regulated by elected officials. Every family and every pregnancy is different and a woman should feel confident that when she seeks an abortion she can turn to her medical providers with confidence that she is receiving the best information and care possible. We work to build trust with our patients. Legislation and policy that limits women’s decisions breaks that trust. We hold the medical provider and patient relationship as too important to have the government interfere.
We support abortion and other reproductive healthcare services as an issue of health and safety. Denial of safe and legal abortion does not limit the need for abortion. Limiting women’s access forces women to turn to unsafe and unregulated methods of getting an abortion. As medical providers, we want to know that the women in our community can turn to us for medically factual information when they make decisions about their reproductive health.
Our code of ethics is grounded in providing the best care possible to our patients. We believe deeply in ending the shame and stigma associated with abortion and increasing access for all women to a full range of reproductive healthcare options.
New Mexico has a long history of valuing and protecting the dignity of all women. It is time to leave decisions about abortion in the hands of a woman, her family, and her medical providers.
If you are a medical provider who believes that decisions about reproductive healthcare, including abortion, must remain between a woman and her medical provider, please sign the statement of support!
Medical providers are some of the most trusted voices when it comes to talking about abortion and other reproductive health care decisions. It makes a big difference when nurses, physicians, midwives, medical students and other medical professionals stand with New Mexico women and families.