The New Mexico Supreme Court blocked five local municipalities from enforcing their Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances Friday after local citizens took action to protect unborn babies from abortion.

All five justices agreed to a request from state Attorney General Raúl Torrez, a Democrat, to block the pro-life ordinances while his constitutional challenge against them proceeds, according to the AP.

New Mexico allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and, last year, when Texas banned elective abortions, abortion businesses began eyeing cities on the state border as new locations. But many rural communities support legal protections for babies in the womb, and several passed Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances to stop the abortion industry’s migration.

Unlike similar ordinances in other states, the ones in New Mexico do not outlaw abortion directly. Instead, they protect unborn babies by requiring compliance with federal abortion statutes – specifically 18 U.S.C. §§ 1461–1462, which prohibit the mailing and the receiving of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion paraphernalia within the city limits.

The City of Hobbs passed one such ordinance after local pro-lifers learned that the Whole Women’s Health abortion chain wanted to move there. The abortion chain eventually abandoned its plans and decided to open in Albuquerque instead.

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The Hobbs ordinance now is blocked, as are those passed by the cities of Clovis and Eunice and Lea and Roosevelt counties.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the attorney general’s office asked the court to “issue a stay, declare the ordinances void and prohibit local governments from their unconstitutional actions.” The order on Friday is temporary, and the court is expected to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the ordinances later this year.

Responding Friday, Torrez said the justices’ order “advances the fight to ensure that New Mexico remains a safe haven for women seeking reproductive healthcare.”

But the ordinances do not restrict reproductive health care. They simply require compliance with federal law. Killing unborn babies is not health care either; abortions occur after reproduction, and tens of thousands of doctors confirm killing unborn patients is not part of the medical practice.

Mark Lee Dickson, a director with Right to Life of East Texas and the founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative, helped the New Mexico cities and counties to pass their ordinances and continues to help others across the country do the same, especially in pro-abortion states.

“The end of Roe v. Wade (1973) did not end abortion in America,” Dickson wrote this week at LifeNews. “It merely returned the battle to the people and their representatives at every level of government: federal, state, county, and local. This makes the fight for the right to life as intense as it has ever been in America.”

However, New Mexico Democrat leaders have been working aggressively to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Earlier this month, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who supposedly is Catholic, signed a pro-abortion bill to stop more cities and counties from protecting unborn babies from abortion through ordinances.

Grisham also promised to spend $10 million of taxpayers’ money to build a new abortion facility near the Texas border. Texas laws protect unborn babies from abortion.

New Mexico has some of the most pro-abortion laws in the country. The state allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth and forces taxpayers to pay for their deaths.

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