New Mexico Admitting Privileges Bill (SB 437)
This law was last updated on Feb 19, 2015
SB 437 would require a physician performing or inducing an abortion to have physician admitting privileges at a hospital that is located not farther than 30 miles from the location at which the abortion is to be performed.
A physician performing or inducing an abortion must provide the pregnant woman with the following:
- a telephone number at which the woman may reach the physician or other medical personnel at the facility at which the abortion was performed or induced, to access medical records or request assistance for any complications; and
- name and number of the nearest hospital to the woman’s home in case of emergency.
A physician that performs an abortion without admitting privileges would be guilty of a misdemeanor and would face a fine of $1,000. A physician that fails to provide the required information to their patient would be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and would face a fine of $300.
As reported by RH Reality Check:
Proponents of admitting privileges laws charge that the legislation is based on safety, arguing that abortion providers should have an explicit contract with a hospital just in case something goes awry during the procedure. This anti-choice argument is based on no medical evidence: According to medical professionals, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States. Admitting privileges laws, the rules of which are not applied to other kinds of outpatient surgical centers, are instead a political tool to decrease abortion access, abortion proponents charge.