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New Mexico’s Top Prosecutor Asked the State’s Highest Court to Overturn Abortion Bans

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New Mexico's Top Prosecutor Asked the State's Highest Court to Overturn Abortion Bans

(CTN News) – In the Democratic-run state of New Mexico, where abortion is still permitted after Roe v. Wade was overturned, the state’s top prosecutor on Monday requested that the state’s highest court remove restrictions on the operation imposed by conservative local governments.

The action follows the recent passage of bylaws limiting access to abortion clinics and abortion drugs in the Texas bordering New Mexico communities of Hobbs and Clovis and two neighboring counties.

Raul Torrez, the attorney general of New Mexico, filed an extraordinary writ in the New Mexico Supreme Court to overturn the ordinances, which he said were based on incorrect readings of federal laws on abortion drugs from the 19th century.

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It’s not Texas here. The State Constitution of our State prohibits towns, counties, or private individuals from limiting women’s reproductive rights, according to a statement from Torrez.

Pro-life groups in New Mexico, the only state bordering Texas where abortion is legal, vowed to fight for similar laws in other states.

In New Mexico, the only state bordering Texas where abortion is still allowed, pro-life groups said that the limitations were still lawful under federal law and pledged to fight to pass similar laws in additional localities.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the right to an abortion statewide in June, the state’s two major cities, Las Cruces and Albuquerque have developed into regional hubs for women seeking the operation.

On the eastern plains of New Mexico, in Clovis and Hobbs, there are no abortion clinics; nonetheless, the cities have enacted regulations to prevent clinics from opening up shop there to service patients from Republican-controlled Texas, one of the first states to enact a nearly comprehensive ban on abortion.

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Democrats in New Mexico have introduced legislation to stop communities from overriding state rules protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare as a direct reaction. The bill is scheduled for discussion this month and will likely pass the state legislature, which Democrats control.

According to anti-abortion activist Mark Lee Dickson, the tiny town of Eunice passed an ordinance on Monday, making it the third municipality in New Mexico to do so.

According to Dickson, director of Right To Life East Texas, “cities and counties throughout the state remain in good standing to adopt ordinances,” adding that the rules had never been overturned by the U.S. Congress or ruled unlawful by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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