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

by | Aug 31, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Earlier this year, not content with a relentless string of pro-abortion victories, the state’s Attorney General  filed an emergency petition asking for and receiving from the New Mexico Supreme Court a hold on ordinances which were intended to protect unborn babies.

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

New Mexico’s state government is thoroughly controlled by pro-abortion Democrats. But some local governments are staunchly pro-life. Following the Dobbs decision which overturned Roe, the cities of Clovis and Hobbs and Lea and Roosevelt counties passed pro-life measures.

The local laws vary, “but essentially they aim to ban the use of the mail or other interstate carriers to deliver abortion drugs, citing a federal law,” Boetel reported.

“Local abortion-ban ordinances dot the map of New Mexico from Edgewood on the outskirts of Albuquerque to Eunice near the Texas state line, also including Lea and Roosevelt counties, and the cities of Hobbs and Clovis,” according to the Associated Press. “Most have been blocked by the New Mexico Supreme Court while it considers the challenge by the state’s Democratic attorney general.”New Mexico “had an unenforceable law on the books for decades that made abortion a crime,” the Associated Press reported. “But lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham repealed it in 2021, before last year’s Supreme Court decision

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