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New Mexico governor orders safeguards for abortion access

Abortion New Mexico
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announces an executive order aimed at ensuring safe harbor to people seeking abortions or providing abortions at health care facilities within the state, at a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., on Monday, June 27, 2022. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision and ended constitutional protection for abortion, the battle over abortion rights has shifted to lower courts around the country, as one side sought quickly to put statewide bans into effect and the other tried to stop or at least delay such measures. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor is taking steps to ensure safe harbor to people seeking abortions or providing abortions at health care facilities within the state. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Monday that rejects cooperation with other states that might interfere with abortion access in New Mexico. The order also prohibits most New Mexico state employees from assisting other states in investigating or seeking sanctions against local abortion providers. Lujan Grisham has vowed to continue legal access to abortion in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision to end constitutional protection for abortion.