September 21, 2022

New Mexico Gov. Signs Order Designating $10 Million to Build a State-Funded Abortion Facility

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
On August 31, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order designating $10 million for the construction of a state-funded abortion facility on the Texas border.

“As more states move to restrict and prohibit access to reproductive care, New Mexico will continue to not only protect access to abortion, but to expand and strengthen reproductive health care throughout the state,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Today, I reaffirm my resolve to make sure that women and families in New Mexico – and beyond – are supported at every step of the way.”

The funding would come from the governor's discretionary spending from appropriations voted on by legislators in New Mexico's 2023 legislative session. That session will open on January 17; after the November midterm elections.

Pro-lifers in Texas and New Mexico say that the facility would likely be using New Mexico tax dollars to fund abortions for Texans trying to get around Texas's Heartbeat Act.

New Mexico State Sen. David Gallegos expressed similar frustrations. “You know we have veterans’ needs; we have homeless needs; we have mental health needs in this area in our state. But if you want to put something somewhere and you say you care, then why not put this toward the pregnancy centers and the maternity homes?” He later added, “'s for Texas residents. We aren’t Texas, and why are our tax monies funding something that they want?”