During a press conference outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the City of Eunice in Lea County, New Mexico, announced a new lawsuit against the state’s Democrat Attorney General Raúl Torrez and Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The lawsuit revolves around the governor’s recent signing of H.B. 7, preempting local governments from enacting pro-life laws that restrict abortion. It also comes as the state Supreme Court is set to rule on another case spurred by a lawsuit from Torrez regarding local governments and the Comstock Act. This Act relates to interstate commerce, prohibiting obscene materials from the passage between state lines.
“Federal law imposes criminal liability on every person who ships or receives abortion pills or abortion-related paraphernalia through the mail, an express service, a common carrier, or an interactive computer service,” the City of Eunice wrote in the lawsuit.
“These federal criminal prohibitions apply in every state, including states where abortion remains legal, and anyone who violates 18 U.S.C. §§ 1461 and 1462 is subject to five years’ imprisonment for a first violation and ten years’ imprisonment for each subsequent violation. The shipment or receipt of abortion drugs or abortion-related equipment is also a predicate offense under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968, which subjects abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood- and each of their employees, volunteers, and donors -to civil and criminal liability under federal RICO.”
The City of Eunice passed an ordinance mandating abortion facilities comply with U.S. law, which trumps state laws.
“The Attorney General of New Mexico has sued other cities and counties that have enacted similar ordinances on the supposed ground that the Constitution of New Mexico confers a state-law right to act in violation of a federal criminal statute. And the New Mexico legislature recently enacted House Bill 7, which purports to confer a state-law right to ‘access or provide reproductive health care … within the medical standard of care’ and empowers the Attorney General to sue local jurisdictions that infringe this newly created state-law right.”
On the Supreme Court steps, local Eunice officials, including Mayor Billy Hobbs, state Sen. David Gallegos, and Councilwoman Erica Jones, Councilman Chris Hanie, were joined by pro-life leadersEthel Maharg of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, Southwest Coalition for Life’s Mark Cavaliere, Lea County Right to Life’s Lori Bova, Dr. Michael New of the Catholic University of New Mexico, Sister Dede Byrne, Mark Lee Dickson of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative, GraceWay Baptist Church Pastor Brad Wells, and others. A live stream of the press conference can be seen here.
“Our attorney is providing local counsel for Eunice, and we will be bringing you updates as the case proceeds,” wrote the pro-life legal group Abortion On Trial, referencing attorney Mike Seibel.
In an exclusive interview, Seibel told the Piñon Post, “The biggest testimony for New Mexico conservatives is they are willing to dig in and fight for what they believe is morally right,” adding, “The people are doing this, and I’m proud of them.”
8 thoughts on “City takes on NM governor, AG in groundbreaking abortion pill lawsuit”
Come on John… challenge the executioners in NM…
censored again…One City our of ??? Only one County out of 33? People don’t give a ***t as long as it doesn’t affect them, and when it does, they scream like a *****.
Where is my County Commission? Where is my city leadership?
They must be dominated by DNC sheep, RINO’s and all are in total absolute agreement with being passive infacidal executioners… That’s where they are at… and the same goes for the rest of the State’s Counties and Cities and their leaders…
John Block, I make a civic motion to change New Mexico’s slogan from the Land of Enchantment…
To the Land of Late Term executioners.
Whos with me on this one? contingent upon and, that is… if I don’t get censored by the site again…
To all the people out there. Every person has ‘human rights’, that includes ‘abortion’. If you do not want an abortion, DO NOT have one. It is that simple. What right does any person have over me? NONE! You hypocritical people need to back off …L-
I replied… I got censored…so yeah. I’m waiting on the first born right now being birthed from a transgendered male to female athlete…so yeah.
Thank You John… You did it. You posted my original thought and I appreciate it. Now to follow up on the my body my choice c*rp.
In human history, only one sex of the human species can give birth…A woman. No male transsexuals’ conversion has ever given birth to an infant child. Not 2 males breeding, not 2 females breeding….and there never will be. Get over it. Move on with your life.
Period. End of argument.
IMHO I believe most people believe that we are all a production of the greatness of a God, from a woman’s womb; for atheist’s I really do not know how they interpret life so… we let that one slide.
Most of us don’t have an issue with your sex preference but STOP FORCING YOUR BULL**IT manner of life upon all of us to accept nor pay for, and STOP permitting under age children to perfect sexual orientated surgeries and continue to attempt to “NORMALIZE” that process.
It is not normal to educate a child, enticing them into a life of a permanent change and destruction of a child’s body parts.
A term I have been pushing is “DIMINISHED CAPACITY”… and it needs to be fully understood in almost every area in todays time… I submit, Children, in school, have a diminished capacity.
Children are in school to be educated to reduce DIMINISHED CAPACITY ISSUES…not to be INDOCTRINATED into the Democratic Political Party’s programs…and that is exactly what I have witnessed for the past 2-3 decades in New Mexico. AND THE DNC has pushed far to hard towards infacidal acceptance since MLG rose form the depths of H*ll.
A developing mind must be permitted to DEVELOP INTO AN ADULT.
Should NM permit any late term abortion up to and including the moments of birth though? That a HUGE NO…That is MURDER. That is willingly permitting an execution and these laws being passed cross and FORCED INTO THE ELECTED BY THIS GOVERNOR is in major conflict with medical staff FORCED TO PERFORM WHAT THEY MAY NOT DESIRE TO BE A PART OF.
Period. End of ARGUEMENT.
Now…should there be exceptions? Sadly…yes. There must be exceptions but those exceptions must be limited and not simply because of POVERTY or my body my choice bull**it.
Instead of MLG sending 10 million dollars to build a modern day executioners stalls, demand that it be sent to women with children as a bonus to being a mother… Help them with the costs of raising their child instead of rewarding them for killing them.
Post my original response…
Certainly this makes sense. Eunice is right on the border. How does the mail get routed to this little town? Is it through Lubbock, TX? Then it has crossed state lines, outside New Mexico. Which is illegal. Likewise, how do the drugs used in performing abortions in Albuquerque or Las Cruces arrive in those cities? For Las Cruces these would be trans-shipped through El Paso, TX.
“Federal law imposes criminal liability on every person who ships or receives abortion pills or abortion-related paraphernalia THROUGH THE MAIL, an express service, a common carrier, or an interactive computer service,” the City of Eunice wrote in the lawsuit.