In an interview with The Associated Press, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said immigration authorities will start giving migrant girls as young as 9 years old pregnancy tests in light of many reports of girls being raped on their way to the United States. “We are seeing 11-year-old girls testing positive for being pregnant, so we need to start testing them even younger now,” Lujan Grisham said, adding that she believes the children need access to doctors. Last month, agents arrested as many as 2,000 child immigrants a week. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
New Mexico congresswoman: Immigrants not getting proper health care, legal protection http://t.co/GfamzHD698 @RepLujanGrisham #immigration
— Russell Contreras (@RussContreras) July 18, 2014
Rich women have full reproductive rights while women at lower income levels do not.
While the measure is only a municipal ban, not a statewide ban, it would affect women far outside of Albuquerque. Neighboring Texas enacted a 20-week ban on abortions earlier this year, so most women across Texas and New Mexico have to drive to Albuquerque for an abortion if a difficult situation arises late into her pregnancy. [Laura Bassett, Huffington Post]
Who would be affected most by the proposed #ABQ ban on abortion after 20 weeks gestation? Low-income women. Women of color #RespectABQWomen
— Teddy Wilson (@txindyjourno) November 19, 2013
Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe is urging Albuquerque parishioners to vote for the ban on late-term abortions, which does not include any exceptions for things like rape, fetal anomalies or threats to the mother’s life. If the referendum passes, a legal challenge is expected. Attorney General Gary King, a Democrat, has said he believes the law is unconstitutional. [AP, Santa Fe New Mexican]If passed, this law would have a chilling effect on the Establishment Clause, too.
King has announced his intention to run for governor, a seat now held by catholic earth hater, Susana Martinez. Martinez is considered by some to be veep material on the 2016 earth hater party presidential ticket.
The diocese of Gallup, N.M., has formally started the process of bankruptcy, citing the costs incurred by a growing number of sex-abuse claims. On Nov. 12, the diocese filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque, N.M., Bishop James Wall said in a letter to parishioners that was posted on the diocesan website Nov. 11. [National Catholic Reporter]How can you make this shit up?