New Mexico City on Texas Border Passes Abortion Ban As Clinics Eye Town for New Facility


A New Mexico City near the border of Texas, were abortion is now near-totally illegal, has passed a city ordinance banning abortion as clinics eye the location for a facility to serve abortion-seeking women from Texas.

Another victory of the Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement and the first in a Democrat-controlled state, Hobbs, New Mexico city commissioners passed the ordinance 7-0 rendering abortion illegal by way of prohibiting licensing for abortion clinics.

The ordinance finds that federal law, in 18 U.S.C. §§ 1461–62, “imposes felony criminal liability on every person who ships or receives abortion pills or abortion-related paraphernalia in interstate or foreign commerce” and that all such acts are “offenses under the federal Racketeer influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act,” as per Live Action Network.

“It shall be unlawful for any person or licensed abortion clinic within the municipal boundaries of the City, or any employee or agent of an abortion clinic licensed by the City, to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1461 by using the mails for the mailing, carriage in the mails, or delivery of: Any article or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion; or any article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine, or thing which is advertised or described in a manner calculated to lead another to use or apply it for producing abortion,” the ordinance states.

Whole Women’s Health, a clinic that was forced to close its Texas locations, has eyed Hobbs, which is situated just across Texas’ northwestern border as well as nearby Clovis for relocation, Reuters reports.

Live Action Network also reported that Hobbs was just one of the latest of the now 52 cities nationwide that have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities for the unborn. Four more cities in Texas, where the Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement initiated, passed abortion restrictions and six villages in Nebraska joined the ranks as well.

The passage of Hobbs’ ordinance was met with cheers throughout the chamber and appears to have been overwhelmingly supported by the community.

“In my mind, this community is overwhelmingly in support of the passage of this ordinance, so I will ask for a motion to approve Ordinance No. 1147,” said Mayor Sam Cobb before the measure had been put to the city commissioners, according to Live Action.

“I am grateful for our mayor, city commissioners, and city attorneys who thoroughly considered and properly addressed the concerns and wishes of their constituents by passing the ordinance. They recognize the power of the people and their local jurisdiction,” Right To Life Committee of Lea County’s Lori Bova told the pro-life outlet.

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