The Assistant Secretary of Health explains how the Roe v. Wade could impact New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A leaked opinion from the United States Supreme Court has revealed that the court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. If and when that happens, abortion laws nationwide are expected to change.

Some states might completely ban abortions, while states like New Mexico will still allow them. It is very likely that New Mexico will begin to see an influx of women seeking abortions.

Since Texas passed a law in 2021 banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health has seen a 50% increase in the number of patients seeking a variety of services.

Dr. Lisa Hofler, the clinical vice president of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said these services include cervical cancer screening, testing for infection and providing preventive care.

Assistant US Health and Human Services Sec. Rachel Levine toured UNM facilities on Thursday.

“It is absolutely critical that New Mexico continue to allow the full range of reproductive health services that women need, including abortion services,” Levine said.

UNM officials told KOB 4 they are committed to taking additional patients.

“If the decision follows the outline of the draft, it will have serious implications for women’s reproductive health rights and their ability to receive the full range of services in many states,” Levine said. “To be able to provide these services to women in New Mexico and many other states, they must seek to expand these services. We will work to support them.

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