U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted Wednesday to defend reproductive rights against House Republicans’ systematic efforts to criminalize abortion and abortion providers.
Rep. Stansbury joined other House Democrats to cosponsor an alternative resolution condemning violence and attacks on health care facilities, personnel, and patients and voted in favor of a Democratic motion to protect reproductive rights and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June, New Mexico has seen an influx of patients seeking care from neighboring states as communities across the nation suffer the impacts of unconstitutional abortion bans that have already taken effect. In their first week in Congress, House Republicans’ attack on reproductive freedom continues their extreme, anti-choice agenda with new laws that punish those seeking care.
“Every New Mexican and every person across the country should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies,” Rep. Stansbury said. “We have already witnessed the cost of Republicans’ extreme agenda to ban and criminalize abortion in states across the country, where patients have been denied lifesaving care and healthcare providers are under attack. As House Republicans seek to expand these attacks at the federal level, I am committed to protecting the ability of every New Mexican to make their own personal health care decisions and access essential reproductive health care, and am proud to cosponsor a resolution to protect reproductive health care workers.”
Rep. Stansbury co-sponsored a resolution by House Democrats to condemn attacks on abortion clinics that threaten the safety of patients and health care workers. Last year, she co-sponsored and voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would codify abortion rights into law nationwide. In July, Rep. Stansbury also voted to pass the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act and the Right to Contraception Act to safeguard access to contraception and the right of pregnant individuals across the nation to travel to seek safe, legal care.
In 2021, Rep. Stansbury was part of the majority in the New Mexico State Legislature that voted to pass legislation to repeal an antiquated abortion ban from the books, protecting access to reproductive healthcare for New Mexicans and communities across the region.