Access to a legal medical procedure – abortion - is significantly unavailable in New Mexico’s rural areas. This is unconstitutional discrimination against women. It threatens their health and overall wellbeing and limits their choice of career and life path.
I had an abortion before it was legal. It was not performed in a sterile environment, and the abortionist had no medical training. There was no follow-up. I almost died. Many women did.
Do not judge me for what I did. You do not have that right. Nor do you have any right to dictate what I do with my own body. It is my sovereign territory.
I call upon the New Mexico State Legislature to right a great wrong being done to half of its citizens. Establish, or modify existing, rural clinics that can perform safe abortions for women who have the constitutional right to choose them.
Adele E. Zimmermann