On Thursday, the Clovis City Council convened a special meeting to vote on proceeding to pass an ordinance banning abortion in the county seat of Curry County.
The proposed ordinance reads, “(2) The state constitution of New Mexico dims not and cannot secure a right, privilege or immunity to act in violation of federal statutes such as 18 U.S.C. § 1461-62, or to engage in criminal and racketeering conduct as defined by federal law. (3) The members of the City Commission are bound by oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the statutory provisions codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1461-62 are the ‘supreme Law of the Land’ under Amide VI of the Constitution and must be obeyed and respected by every person within the city of Clovis and by every judge the state of New Mexico. Ste U.S. Corot. art. VI (‘[T]he Laws of the United Status… Mall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any Mate to the Contrary notwithstanding’).”
According to pro-life advocate Mark Lee Dickson, who was in attendance at the meeting, “about 300 people showed up.”
He wrote, “After much debate, and overwhelming support from those in attendance, the City Commission voted 6-0 in support of introducing the ‘Ordinance Requiring Abortion Providers In the City of Clovis to Comply with Federal Law.’”
“Pro-life America, STAND UNITED WITH THE CITY OF CLOVIS! Pro-life America, stand united with the Clovis, New Mexico City Commission!”
The measure was brought forward by Commissioners David Bryant of District 3.
He said, “I think it’s time we move [the resolution] forward.”
Mayor Mike Morris said in his remarks, “You, by and large, are a pro-life community, so I have a certain responsibility, to the greatest extent possible, to represent you accurately, correct? So… it’s from those positions that I hold I was motivated to begin researching what is possible because the elephant in the room, or maybe it’s not the elephant in the room, it’s the obvious thing to everyone, is that we live in a state that seems to have decided… and the debate is over. Well, I’d like to say that maybe the debate isn’t over.”
The final vote to proceed was passed unanimously 6-0, with two commissioners not in attendance, although they were supportive.
Pro-life attorney Mike Seibel, who also attended and spoke at the meeting, wrote, “The council attempted to table the ordinance and delay it from publication, a determined crowd fought back. I got up and spoke and threatened to send women hurt by abortion to their offices. Mark Lee Dickson did a good job playing ‘good cop.’ Other people demanded it go [forward].
Now the ordinance will move forward to be published twice and proceed for a final vote in the coming weeks, according to Dickson.
Watch a video of the meeting here.