On the final complete day of the 2023 legislative session, the second key piece of reproductive and gender rights legislation passed the Residence by a 38-30 vote.

SB 13, sponsored by state Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, now heads to the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Reproductive and Sexual Overall health Protection Act protects providers and sufferers from attempts by other states to subpoena details about providers or sufferers in an investigation of reproductive or gender-affirming care when that activity is not protected. The bill aims to shield sufferers and providers of reproductive and gender affirmation solutions from civil or criminal liability and to shield reproductive overall health providers from discrimination by qualified licensing boards.

SB 13 is a single of two reproductive and gender rights bills introduced this session. One more law, the Reproductive and Gender Affirmative Overall health Care Act, prohibits public bodies from passing ordinances that would prohibit or place roadblocks in the way of reproductive and gender affirming overall health care. Lujan Grisham signed the bill into law on Thursday. She is also anticipated to sign SB 13 into law.

The bill codifies Lujan Grisham’s executive order final summer time inside days of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. If she indicators SB 13 into law, it would make certain these protections would continue regardless of who is governor.

The 3-hour debate on the Residence floor focused on other states’ rights, as nicely as challenges surrounding cost-free speech and the correct of religious organizations to protest or send electronic details about their disapproval of reproductive or gender-affirming care. Republican state Rep. Stephanie Lord, D-Sandia Park, asked if SB 13 was intended to be an “anti-abortion bill?”

State Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, who introduced the bill in the Residence, stated “what ever you want to contact it, yes, we affirmatively shield what is legal right here and will continue to be legal right here.”

“We are a sovereign state we make our personal laws. We’re speaking about overreaching into uncharted territory,” Romero stated of other states attempting to criminalize or sanction abortion or gender-affirming care in other states.

State Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, asked regardless of whether New Mexico would cooperate with a subpoena issued by an additional state concerning a licensed provider of reproductive or gender affirmation solutions.

Romero stated New Mexico “will not release private details about that practice to an additional state that requests it.”

State Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, referred to as the bill “split from our basic notions of complete faith and credit” to respond to legal orders from other states.

Romero stated reproductive and gender-affirming care “has been attacked in other states.”

State Rep. John Block, R-Alamogordo, asked what “are the precise attacks in New Mexico that have occurred that make this a priority?”

Romero stated other states, mostly Texas, are passing laws that criminalize and let civil penalties for reproductive and gender affirmation providers and these searching for care, as nicely as these who help folks searching for care. Romero stated much more than 400 anti-LGBTQ laws have been introduced so far this year, and 15 states are restricting or contemplating restricting access to gender-affirming care.

“That is specifically why we have to have this legislation,” Romero stated.

State Rep. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, attempted to argue that the law infringes on the correct to cost-free speech. Romero disagreed.

“It really is about private overall health details.” It is narrowly formulated in this law. We’re not infringing on cost-free speech, we’re safeguarding overall health details,” Romero stated.

Montoya created two amendments to the bill. The initially would strike a section it stated would protect against folks or entities from legally protesting or sharing electronic details that is adverse about a reproductive or gender-affirming provider or clinic.

That amendment by no means received a vote. Residence Speaker Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, stated Montoya was out of workplace and referred him to Residence guidelines, but did not supply particulars.

The Residence debated Montoya’s amendment for numerous minutes ahead of withdrawing it and attempting once more to amend the bill by removing the word “entity” since it stated it was the correct of religious organizations or folks “to say unflattering points about procedures that they obtain morally objectionable.” condemnation” was impacted.

Romero referred to as the amendment “quite hostile” and stated the amendment would “let harassment.”

Debate on the amendment exceeded the House’s 3-hour debate limit, top to disagreements in between Montoya and Martinez more than Montoya’s potential to give closing arguments. Martinez stated the Residence had a closed debate, exceeded the 3-hour debate limit and his time was up.

The Residence passed the amendment by a vote of 43 to 24.

By Editor