skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

NM Abortion Hotline Stays Busy; Medical Residents Seek Training

play audio
Play

Monday, July 31, 2023   

New Mexico has developed a two-pronged approach to safeguard access to abortion: offering an information hotline and instruction to medical residents from other states.

The month-old hotline has been implemented following the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning legalized abortion nationwide. In contrast, New Mexico has one of the country's more liberal abortion access laws.

Dr. Amber Truehart, medical director of the Center for Reproductive Health at the University of New Mexico, said like hotlines in California or Illinois, callers can obtain information about access to clinics, transportation, insurance and other assistance.

"Ours in New Mexico is a little bit different than those other states because this one is staffed by nurses," Truehart explained. "It's a medical professional who's able to answer some more specific questions whereas some of the other hotlines are legal people on the hotline or general staff."

The New Mexico hotline number is 1-833-76-REPRO or 1-833-767-3776.

Because obstetrics and gynecology students studying in states where abortion is banned can no longer receive integrated abortion-care training, New Mexico also has begun an instruction program at the university.

A total of 21 states have now moved to ban or restrict abortion, while similar laws in other states are still tied up in the courts.

Truehart noted many callers are confused about what types of reproductive health are available state-by-state.

"The New Mexico hotline is also helping with them trying to find funds for transportation and lodging and these other logistical things that are super important when you're traveling to a state you've potentially never been to," Truehart pointed out.

Since the Supreme Court decision, New Mexico has seen a surge in abortions, driven largely by residents from Texas and other states enacting bans. Truehart added the state's integrated abortion care training is currently attracting medical residents from Arizona.

"I think we just took it as a calling that we were going to make sure we jumped through these extra hoops to be able to offer this training," Truehart stressed. "Because it's so important that all OB/GYN's have this basic training."


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The Economic Policy Institute found the number of child labor law violations increased from 1,012 in 2015 to 3,876 in 2022. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Congress with a Connecticut House sponsor aims to reduce child labor in the United States. Called the "Children Harmed in Life-Threatening …


Social Issues

play sound

As the opioid crisis continues, more New Hampshire grandparents are seeking financial help to raise their grandchildren. Already struggling with the …

Social Issues

play sound

As of Jan. 1, insulin will become a lot more affordable for many Nebraskans, and those who have come to rely on telehealth visits are more likely to …


Extremes of hot and cold weather have taken their toll on a concrete barrier along Binghamton's Riverwalk. Concrete crumbles between the stones of the wall in upstate New York. (Chet Wiker/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Some state and local lawmakers are on a long list calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to require big oil companies to help offset the costs of …

Environment

play sound

Utilities and government agencies in the U.S. are carrying out plans to transition to cleaner electricity sources. To avoid being left behind…

More than 45,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes each year, according to estimates. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

November has been Diabetes Awareness Month - but heading into the holidays, people who are diabetic know they can't lose their focus on keeping it in …

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are celebrating a long-fought battle to protect the dwindling population of wolverine in the Northwest and northern Rockies…

Environment

play sound

As world leaders gather in Dubai for the international conference on climate change, the City of Long Beach is acting on multiple fronts to help the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021