Edgewood’s battle for pro-life ordinance takes unusual turn

Edgewood voters will not vote on a pro-life ordinance in November. The petition-driven initiative to overturn the ordinance by extremist pro-abortion activists, which the town commission approved in April, will not appear on the local election ballot, as anticipated.

Santa Fe County Clerk Katharine Clark informed Edgewood’s town manager, Nina McCracken, in a brief letter earlier this month that her office regards the issue as a non-binding “advisory question,” rendering it ineligible for the November 7 ballot.

McCracken clarified that the ordinance is temporarily on hold due to the petition. She explained, “The next election at which the ordinance can be considered would be in February if the commission calls for a special election.” McCracken emphasized the town’s commitment to supporting the voice of the people.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, this decision aligns with the direction given by the Secretary of State, as the issue is categorized as an advisory question, making it unsuitable for the ballot, claiming it has no legal weight.

Notably, no local abortion-related ordinances will appear on any New Mexico ballots. Instead, the ongoing dispute between some local governments and the state over the provision of abortion services will be settled in the courtroom this December.

The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on December 13 in a case that seeks to determine the impact of a recent law that codified a woman’s right to reproductive health services, including abortion, on local municipalities that pass ordinances contrary to this law.

The case is between New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez’s office and the counties of Lea and Roosevelt, as well as the cities of Hobbs and Clovis, which have passed pro-life ordinances despite the state law legalizing abortion.

At this point, Edgewood is not directly involved in this legal battle. Solicitor General Aletheia Allen from Torrez’s office suggested that all parties are waiting to see the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling before initiating any legal action regarding the Edgewood issue.

The Edgewood ordinance, approved by the commission in April, aims to ban access to abortion pills and enables individuals to file lawsuits against those who violate this prohibition, subjecting the defendant to a minimum fine of $100,000. The ordinance is based on the federal Comstock Act, not state or local statutes.

While the issue may not be on the November ballot, it remains a topic of considerable significance in the ongoing debate surrounding abortion and local governance.


6 thoughts on “Edgewood’s battle for pro-life ordinance takes unusual turn”

  1. Stick to your guns Edgewood! We can continue taking it to higher courts and if it gets outside of this 3rd World Country state of New Mexico it will have success! State law cannot override Federal Law…..period! The Comstock Law is Federal…..Besides, your local citizens are behind you!

    1. I AGREE. As per usual Ms. Maggie TO is acting as a legislature instead of obeying the law. She is a true Lefty and supports the queen “B”. The NM supreme Court has reprimanded her twice that I know of for her opinion and actions. Stalling for time and opposing the wishes of the people.

  2. Is it any wonder that Santa Fe County Clerk Katharine Clark is a democrat and the majority , if not the whole, of the Edgewood Town Council are Republican???? Just as corrupt as Maggie Oliver

  3. We stand for what’s right…murder is murder no matter how you change the words….call it what it is ….Edgewood continue…. There is only one back up plan and you know what it is…..GOD and HIS TRUTH

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