State Partners

State Partners

Supporting a movement of state-based advocates

States have become the battleground for attacks on abortion rights, but they also present possibilities for positive change. The National Institute partners with state-based organizations to advance access to reproductive health care.

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Our State Partners in New Mexico
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
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Current Partners

Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United (YWU) are collaborating to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involves research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They are also working to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centering communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

In 2011, the Southwest Women's Law Center hosted a bootcamp for legislators in New Mexico on current and pending reproductive health policy and provided messaging training and talking points on insurance coverage of abortion.

Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United (YWU) are collaborating to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involves research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They are also working to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centering communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

In 2013, Young Women United (Albuquerque, New Mexico) participated as a leader in the Respect ABQ Women campaign, which successfully defeated an Albuquerque ballot measure that would have banned abortion after twenty weeks. This project was conducted in partnership with the Southwest Women's Law Center.

In the three years since New Mexico’s Human Services Department created a mechanism for providers to get Medicaid reimbursement for providing LARCs immediately postpartum, only one hospital — the University of New Mexico — has consistently offered this service. The New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative (NMPC) is using a two-part strategy to increase the number of hospitals offering this immediate postpartum contraceptive option. This includes developing a postpartum LARC toolkit specific to New Mexico, including information on counseling, billing, and pharmacy ordering and stocking and working directly with three to five New Mexico hospitals to implement postpartum LARC provision, engaging key stakeholders to overcome operational barriers, and facilitating training opportunities for providers and staff.

Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and Young Women United (YWU) are collaborating to form a statewide advisory working group to address administrative barriers to LARCs across the state. Their work together involves research to map the landscape of LARC access and determine the breadth of challenges that providers face, coupled with policy advocacy to address known financial barriers, innovative solutions for advance stocking of devices, and the debundling of LARC reimbursement from the global rate received by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). They are also working to secure access to LARCs through private insurance, including by ensuring that insurance companies are covering LARCs as required by law and informing consumers of that coverage and by advocating for the state to include LARC provision as a measure of “network adequacy.” Such a measure would require that insurance plans include a sufficient number of providers who can offer LARCs, an area of particular importance in such a rural state. The work of this collaboration is centering communities of color as decision makers and partners to responsibly integrate non-coercive provider training and public awareness of LARCs.

Past Partners

In 2006, NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico surveyed pharmacies across the state to determine the availability of emergency contraception. They used this data to provide public education on EC availability and to lobby the state legislature for a memorial resolution studying the availability of EC statewide.

Native American Community Board (NACB) (Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota) launched an education and media campaign in Oklahoma, New Mexico and South Dakota around newly written policies that require that Emergency Contraceptive/Plan B® be available over-the-counter at all Indian Health Service (IHS) units. NACB hosted meetings across the three states, reaching and training over 90 Native women as advocates and educators in their communities. NACB also held their first webinar training for advocates and counselors who would otherwise have found it difficult to travel to their training sites. Additionally, NACB implemented a very successful media strategy resulting in over 18 national and international news stories focusing on Native women’s reproductive justice issues. Going forward they will continue to work with IHS to ensure that policies are fully implemented and Native women have access to EC.