New Mexico AG wants to codify abortion rights and lift bans

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s chief attorney on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn abortion ordinances made by locally elected officials in conservative circles in the Democrat-led state.

Attorney General Raúl Torrez asked the court to challenge recent ordinances, which he says go beyond local government agencies to regulate access to health care and violate state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

At a news conference, Torrez said the regulations matter even in regions without abortion clinics because they threatened to limit access to reproductive health care in people’s homes. More than half of abortions in the US are now performed with pills instead of surgery.

“This isn’t Texas. Our constitution does not allow cities, counties or individuals to restrict women’s reproductive rights,” Torrez said in a statement. “Today’s action sends a strong message that my office will use every tool available to swiftly and decisively uphold individual liberties against unconstitutional abuses.”