2021 Legislative Session Wrap-up

We would like to thank all of our community members, supporters and partner organizations for their endless work and advocating to make a better future for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ relatives here within New Mexico.

Tewa Women United focuses on embodying courageous spaces that center Indigenous women and girls to connect with ancestral knowingness, healing strengths, and lifeways for the wellbeing of ALL.

Here are some of the bills that TWU supported through this session that passed the New Mexico Legislature and have made it to the Governor’s desk. We believe these bills directly relate to our mission.

SB 10 “Repeal Abortion Ban”
SB 10 repealed an outdated 1969 bill that took power and control away from women and pregnant people over their own bodies. We respect that New Mexicans can make their own decisions whether to carry a pregnancy to term or have an abortion. The Governor signed this bill into law on February 26.

SB 96 “Maternal Mortality Case Reviews”
SB 96 amends the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Prevention Act to clarify the types of cases reviewed by the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), expands committee leadership, membership, powers, and privileges. This legislation increases community representation, particularly for our tribal and rural communities. This bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

SB 84 “Community Solar Act”
The Community Solar Act will allow individuals, school districts, municipalities and tribal governments to subscribe to solar energy and receive the benefits of service without having to install solar panels on site. This bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Thank you for being a part of this effort and advocating to grow healthy, sustainable communities and protecting the most vulnerable. Your voice is essential, now and into the future!