Response to State of New Mexico Attorney General’s Office

Hobbs, NM (KKOB) — Monday, the City of Hobbs was made aware of an Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus and Request for Stay filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. City
Attorney Efren Cortez states, “Our hope was that prior to any court action we would have been
contacted by the Attorney General’s Office to discuss the substance of the City of Hobbs Abortion
Business Ordinance. Such a conversation could have served to remedy any misunderstanding regarding
the effect of the Ordinance. We have been transparent with our legal analysis through numerous
public meetings and fulfilled public records requests. We have been abundantly clear that the
Ordinance does not ban abortions in Hobbs. Quite to the contrary, the Ordinance anticipates an
abortion clinic will establish a location in Hobbs and sets minimum requisites for obtaining a business
license to operate. With regard to some of the public comments made by the AG, I would be remiss if I
didn’t acknowledge that abortion is a very emotional topic. On the heels of recent despicable acts of
violence towards elected officials in Albuquerque, we have the opportunity to soften the divisive
rhetoric among New Mexicans. I will certainly look to the AG’s leadership to set the example for the
rest of the State.”
City Manager Manny Gomez states, “To date, the City Clerk’s Office has not received any business
applications for prospective abortion providers. The City of Hobbs team respects all people,
irrespective of their beliefs. Our team remains steadfast in our mission to provide the best customer
service possible to the residents of Hobbs, New Mexico. We pride ourselves on inclusivity, and we
welcome any person to our team that wants to help Hobbs become a better place to live, work, and
play.”
Mayor Sam Cobb states, “Our legal team presented the legal analysis for the City of Hobbs Abortion
Business Ordinance in at least two public meetings. The analysis was thorough and transparent. Our
Commission invited extended public comment on the issue and heard hours of testimony. Through this
process, we learned our constituents were overwhelmingly in support of the Ordinance. The
Commission honored the wishes of the public by enacting the Ordinance on November 7, 2022. The
Ordinance does not ban abortions or abortion clinics in Hobbs. I would invite anyone that has heard
otherwise to read the Ordinance in detail. Importantly, the City of Hobbs unequivocally supports
women and women’s rights. The future of our City, our County, and our State depends on the ability of
us all to work together to find common ground – even on issues that stir emotion.”
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Anyone interested in reading the City of Hobbs’ Abortion Business Ordinance can view it at
www.library.municode.com/nm/hobbs/codes/code_of_ordinancess. Anyone interested in watching
the live presentations regarding the Abortion Business Ordinance, including the legal analysis of the
same, can do so at www.hobbsnm.org/videos.html and selecting the October 17, 2022, “video” (for
publication) and the November 7, 2022, “video” (for final adoption).