New Mexico Abortion Laws
|Code Section||30-5-1 to 3; 30-5A-1 to 5|
|Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion||Failure to meet standards of justified termination; or by administering medical drug or other substance or means whereby an untimely termination of pregnancy is produced with intent to destroy fetus and not a justified medical termination; Partial Birth Abortion: unlawful except to save the life of woman or to prevent great bodily harm to woman|
|Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion||Continuation likely to result in death or impairment of mother's mental or physical health or fetus likely to have grave physical or mental defect; or pregnancy result of rape or incest; partial birth abortion: prohibited except to save mother from death or great bodily harm and no other procedure will suffice; Partial Birth Abortion: 4th degree felony, up to 18 months imprisonment and possible fine up to $5,000.|
|Penalty for Unlawful Abortion||Criminal abortion: fourth degree felony; abortion resulting in woman's death: second degree felony; illegal partial birth abortion: 4th degree felony, mother may not be prosecuted|
|Consent Requirements||Mother must "request" procedure; if under 18 the procedure must be requested by her and parent/guardian|
|Residency Requirements for Patients||-|
|Physician Licensing Requirements||Licensed M.D., licensed hospital, written certification of hospital board required (a committee of 2 licensed M.D.s and alternates who decide questions of medical justification of specific case)|
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