New Mexico city passes regulation to obstruct abortion centers from operating By Reuters


© Reuters. Anti-abortion activist Mark Lee Dickson speaks with fellow activists ahead of a city commission conference in Hobbs, New Mexico, U.S., November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Brad Brooks


By Brad Brooks

HOBBS, New Mexico (Reuters) – A New Mexico town near the Texas verge on Monday all passed a regulation developed to prohibit abortions, in spite of the treatment being legal in the state.     The so-called “sanctuary city for the unborn” regulation obstructs abortion centers from running and its passage by the Hobbs city commission marks a very first for a town in a state managed by the Democratic Party, according to anti-abortion supporters.

Hobbs does not have an abortion center, however might be a location for such a center that might serve individuals from Republican-managed Texas, to the east. Whole Woman’s Health, among the biggest service providers of abortions in the United States, has actually informed Reuters it had an interest in opening a center in Hobbs or neighboring Clovis.

Texas was among the very first states to enforce a near-total restriction on abortion and service providers might confront life in jail there.    

The all-male Hobbs city commission voted 7-0 to authorize the regulation after speaking with numerous speakers on both sides of the concern. The crowd of about 150 individuals loaded into the commission chambers was extremely anti-abortion and appeared into screaming, hugging and weeping in event when the regulation was authorized.

“This is just heaven! We’re leading the way and maybe, eventually, we can turn this state around,” stated Jan Auld, vice-president of the Right to Life group of Lea County, that includes Hobbs, minutes after the vote. “God is in control, and he showed up tonight.”

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham informed Reuters in a composed declaration that the regulation had actually been “authored by out-of-state extremists” which it is “a clear affront to the rights and personal autonomy of every woman in Hobbs and southeastern New Mexico, and we will not stand for it.”

“Reproductive health care is legal and protected in every corner of our state,” Grisham composed. “Providers delivering health care have every right to establish a practice, and all women have the right to access medication abortion services, no matter where in New Mexico they call home.”    Another New Mexico city, Clovis, recently forever held off a comparable regulation, with city commissioners there stating they felt it was too hurried.

An East Texas anti-abortion group attempting to get a grip in New Mexico and pastors in Clovis stated the Clovis political leaders dealt with political pressure from state-level Republicans who feared a reaction ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Both Clovis and Hobbs lie in conservative eastern New Mexico. Clovis likewise does not presently have an abortion center. Both are thought about test cases for how anti-abortion activists will run in “blue,” or Democratic-managed, states where abortion stays legal after the Supreme Court in June overruled federal abortion securities in Roe v. Wade.    Mark Lee Dickson, the head of the Right to Life of East Texas and the designer of the “sanctuary city” motion that has actually seen over 50 cities embrace anti-abortion procedures in Texas and other conservative states, intends to reproduce the success somewhere else in New Mexico and in other blue Democratic states where abortion stayed legal.

“There are people all over the United States that are wanting to see their cities take steps to protect the health and welfare of unborn children, and I believe that this can be the path forward for every single state in America,” Dickson stated after the vote.     While Whole Woman’s Health has actually had an interest in opening a center in Hobbs to serve ladies originating from Texas into New Mexico looking for the treatment, it now states the passage of the regulation is now offering the supplier time out about whether to do so.    


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