NASW-NM is deeply appalled and angered to hear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision giving individual's a constitutional right to abortion, has been overturned in a 6-3 decision. While some may argue this decision simply gives states the right to decide, this ruling will have devastating and long-lasting effects in places where abortion can be completely outlawed or potentially criminalized, even in cases of rapes, incest, or where the life of the mother is at risk. As history has proven, this decision will not end abortion but will recreate unsafe practices that harmed, shamed, and killed many people through unsafe abortions. Not only is this a civil rights violation, it is a social justice issue, as people of color access abortions at higher rates. It will put under-served and disadvantaged communities at risk, as many cannot afford to travel to sates where they can access their medical rights and human rights safe and legal abortions. The Supreme Court decision violates social work values and ethics, including social justice and the dignity and worth of the person. NASW-NM believes abortions are constitutionally protected as access to healthcare and that this decision violates social work values and ethics, including social justice and the dignity and worth of the person.
NASW-NM is grateful that New Mexico lawmakers and Governor Lujan-Grisham have passed legislation to protect safe access to abortions. NASW-NM will continue to advocate for safe, accessible abortions and other reproductive healthcare services for all New Mexicans and people across the country. We will continue to strongly oppose any legislation that aims to reduce or harm the rights of any marginalized or oppressed population, including women, LGTBQ+ folx, people of color, individuals who are differently abled, immigrants, and those with economic disadvantages. Now is the time to get active and join the ongoing fight for equity. Call or visit your elected officials, vote in local and federal elections, and get active in your community. If one person isn't free, none of us are.