CLOVIS, NM (KRQE) — The city of Clovis introduced a new ordinance that would ban abortions within city limits last Thursday. This comes three weeks before the state election where the abortion and overthrow of Roe v Wade triggered a new wave of voters.
The proposal calls for a ban on moving abortion pills through the mail within city limits. Medical supplies used in abortion procedures would also be banned from the mail. The city tied the ban to the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Under the terms of this license, a clinic would not be allowed to use the mail, shipping lines, or the Internet to obtain medications or supplies related to abortions.
The mayor explained that this controversial decision comes after residents called for a ban on abortion. “Obviously being legal in the state of New Mexico, but having been banned in Texas, the public concern here is that Clovis could potentially become that abortion destination. And the people of Clovis are and largely pro-life. So it concerns them on a very high level,” Mayor Mike Morris said.
The order calls on federal prosecutors in New Mexico to “investigate and prosecute abortion providers and abortion pill distribution networks” in the city. But this legislation has many wondering, is it even legal?
The state’s lead attorney said in a statement:
“I am concerned and have asked staff to assess this recent activity, due to the city’s legal obligation to protect access to health care for women and families.”
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
The office of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sent this statement:
“If passed, the Clovis Municipal Commission’s proposed resolution would be a clear affront to the rights and personal autonomy of every woman in Clovis and area. New Mexico law is clear – reproductive health care is legal and protected statewide. Access to medical abortion services is legally protected statewide, including for residents of Clovis, and any provider providing safe medical services to New Mexicans should have the right to establish a practice.
Nora Sackett, Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
The ACLU of New Mexico also sent this statement:
“New Mexicans will continue to stand firm for our values of respect and compassion, even as fearmonger outsiders attempt to advance an agenda that attempts to dictate our policy on reproductive health care. The reality is that these clinics’ anti-abortion orders make questionable legal claims that expose the city and its citizens to potentially significant liability. Despite efforts to restrict access to health care, let’s be clear – abortion remains safe and legal in New Mexico.
Ellie Rushforth, Civil Rights Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico
The city commission will vote on the ordinance Nov. 3 — five days before the statewide election.
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