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New Mexico Supreme Court to hear challenge to constitutionality of pro-life ordinances passed by local cities and counties

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In the early months of this year, the state’s Attorney General, dissatisfied with a series of pro-abortion victories, filed an emergency petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court, requesting and subsequently receiving a hold on ordinances designed to protect unborn babies.

On Tuesday, the state’s highest court issued a unanimous order setting the date for 13 December. The court also advised the parties on several specific issues outlined in previously filed briefs, as reported by Ryan Boetel for the Albuquerque Journal. The court had previously requested responses and ordered briefs to be filed by the parties involved in the case.

The state government of New Mexico is dominated by pro-abortion Democrats. Nevertheless, there are instances where local governments have demonstrated a staunch pro-life stance. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe, the cities of Clovis and Hobbs and Lea and Roosevelt counties enacted pro-life legislation.

The local legislation varies, but it may be said that the intention is to prohibit the use of the mail or other interstate carriers to deliver abortion drugs, citing a federal law. Boetel reported on this matter.

As reported by the Associated Press, local abortion-ban ordinances are present throughout the state of New Mexico, extending from Edgewood, situated on the outskirts of Albuquerque, to Eunice, situated in proximity to the Texas state line. Additionally, the counties of Lea and Roosevelt, as well as the cities of Hobbs and Clovis, are affected by these ordinances. The majority of these ordinances have been invalidated by the New Mexico Supreme Court, which is currently considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s abortion laws brought by the Democratic Attorney General. As reported by the Associated Press, New Mexico had a law on the books for decades that made abortion a crime, but this was found to be unenforceable. However, the legislature and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham repealed the law in 2021, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision the following year.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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