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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE r owned Serving New Mexico far 156 years SUNDAY JANUARY 2 2005 ONE DOLLAR INSIDE TODAY Images of 2004 The New Mexican photo staff takes a look back at some of their favorite photographs of the past year Focus El No time for napping Many school districts are expecting kindergartners to be reading writing sentences and doing simple math problems Family E4 Baby of the year Caitlyn Alexandra Valerio became Santa Fes first 2005 baby when she was born at Saturday Her mother Jessica Valerio is from Chama Santa D Norto Bl Shell always have Paris Living in Europe has given a travel writer a whole new perspective on America and Americans Travel Gl Easy pickings Tennessee supremely upstaged Texas in a 387 blowout at the Cotton Bowl Sports C3 Todays forecast Partly cloudy isolated showers High 49 low 19 INDEX Annies Mailbox D6 Business Dl Classifieds Hl Crossword D6 Focus El Horoscope 0 Local news Lotteries B2 Movies B2 Mutuals 02 Obituaries ft2 Opinion Fl iQue fasa M4 Scoreboard C4 Sports Cl Travel 61 The 11 sections 112 pages 156th year Issue No 2 Publication No 596440 M44M3 MB30M M34303 Balance of power Abortionrights advocates prepare for a fight under threat of a shift in Supreme Court Jate The New Mexican Abortion opponents regularly protect noar tnt nmmti in which provides other reproductivehearth The Issue has deeply divided people across the country By ANNE CONSTABLE The New Mexican Heather Brewer a 31 yearold Capshaw Middle School teacher has never known a world in which abortions werent legal She was born the year the Supreme Court decided Roe v Wade the landmark ruling that gave women a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy Women of my generation and the generation after me weve lived in society in which choice was a Brewer said Now the fear that President Bush will have the opportunity to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who are willing to reverse Roe is politicizing women across the country who favor abortion rights Some like Brewer are joining choiceaction teams organized by NARAL ProChoice New Mexico in Albuquerque Las Cruces and Santa Fe Although publicopinion polls show that a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases we need to be Brewer said If you start putting restrictions on it thats a slippery slope and a risk Im unwilling to Jennifer Medina 33 a compliance officer for a privately owned invest ment company recently joined the Santa Fe choiceaction team I dont believe the Supreme Court would overturn a ruling that an ear lier court she said And if it did there would be a huge But the chance that could happen still concerns her George Bush is not going to nominate anybody sym pathetic to our Medina said Both Medina and Brewer said choice to them is about more than abortion It encompasses the entire spectrum of womens reproductive health including birth control sex education and international family planning And the Bush administra tion they said is reducing choice in those areas as well For 31 years safe abortion has been legally available to women in the United States But no issue has more passionately divided Americans Many believe deeply and sincerely that abor tion is morally wrong in all cases and Pfease see MOffTIOfl Page A6 A fullcourt press President Bush will likely have the chance to appoint two or more Supreme Court justices since four are said to be considering retirement William H Rehnquist 80 Being treated for aggressive thyroidcancer Sandra Day OConnor 74 Treated for breast cancer in 1998 John Paul Stevens 84 Treated for prostate cancer 1992 Ruth Bader Gmsburg 71 Treated for colon cancer in 2000 Abortion in New Mexico The state gets a B from NARAL ProChoice America Foundation for its reproductiverights record the country as a whole rates a D New Mexico has an unconstitutional unen forceable criminal ban on abortion still on the books Hospital staff have the option of refusing to perform abortions on religious and moral grounds Pharmacists can dispense emergency contraception without a doctors prescription State has no enforce able parentalconsent or notification laws A woman may obtain an abortion without her spouses permis sion or knowledge Private health insur ers must cover con traception if they offer a prescriptiondrug benefit Medicaid will pay for abortions where they are necessary to pre serve a womans life if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or the procedure is medically necessary By the numbers 3 counties with abortion hospitals with abortion services 1 Santa Fe abortion abo 2001 live births 2001 3 Albuquerque abortion Percent of O counties with no abortion provider 5 clinics J Percent of full range of Americans ductivehealth believe abortion including be legal in all Percent most cases ABC frO tended Washington nancies in poll tMKHOT M GtpMMrW MNNR6 SCnOW n I MWKO Ml Jane New Mexican VMNVtWV WfMT wIWi ASIA TSUNAMI Photos by Before top and after satellite images show the destruction of Banda Aceh Indonesia caused by the recent tsunami Putting work of man in context To people who imagine control of nature tsunami has again shown whos in charge By SETH BORENSTEIN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON Man can dam rivers build skyscrap ers even go to the moon but sometimes nature needs only a split second to remind us whos the boss Last Sun days tsunami offers yet another hum bling lesson that the power of nature far exceeds the reach indeed even the imagina tion of man The earthquake and sub sequent tsunami released as much energy as 1 million atomic bombs It changed slightly but perceptibly to modern science the wob Deaths Toll hits could rise to Inside Rains hit Sri Lanka as relief efforts increase Page A7 Please see TSUNAMI Page A7 Water tops list of issues facing 2005 Legislature By BEN NEARY The New Mexican LEGISLATURE New Mexico water manag ers are polishing up a sub stantial wish list for the com ing legislative session and already have the support of key com mittees and Gov Bill Richardson for several of their pro posals One of the top propos als for State Engineer John DAntonio and Interstate Stream Engi neer Estevan Lopez will be to secure the final mil lion from the Legislature for the states program of purchasing land and water rights along the Pecos River Please see WATIH Page A3   

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