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Alliance Defending Freedom tells New Mexico Supreme Court: Protect women, unborn children

by | Dec 13, 2023

Appearing before the New Mexico Supreme Court today, ADF attorneys are representing the Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners and three pro-life organizations in the state in State of New Mexico v. Board of County Commissioners for Lea County. ADF

ADF is asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to safeguard maternal health and unborn lives by refusing to find a never-before-recognized, so-called “right” to abortion in the state’s constitution.

“State and local governments have the strongest interest in protecting the most fundamental of our human rights—the right to life—and it’s clear the New Mexico Constitution does not contain a right to take innocent, unborn life,” said ADF Senior Counsel Erin Hawley, vice president of the ADF Center for Life and Center for Regulatory Practice, who will be arguing before the court. “Government officials like the attorney general of New Mexico do not have the power to bypass ordinary legal processes to further their political agenda. We urge the court to allow Roosevelt County and other New Mexico localities to enforce ordinances that comply with federal law and protect the lives of children and mothers.”

Late last year and earlier this year, Roosevelt County and three other New Mexico localities enacted ordinances seeking to protect women and unborn children by complying with federal law that prohibits the mailing of dangerous chemical abortion drugs.

In response, the New Mexico attorney general bypassed ordinary procedures and went directly to the New Mexico Supreme Court, asking the state’s high court to find a new constitutional right to abortion without the benefit of any court’s prior review.

In February, ADF attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the New Mexico Supreme Court in the case on behalf of three pro-life organizations: New Mexico Family Action Movement, Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, and New Mexico Alliance for Life. Roosevelt County subsequently retained ADF attorneys to represent the county in the case.

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