Abortion New Mexico

Raúl Torrez speaks to Native American leaders in October during a candidates forum in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s top prosecutor on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to nullify abortion ordinances that local elected officials have passed in recent months in conservative reaches of the Democratic-led state.

Attorney General Raúl Torrez urged the high court to intervene against ordinances he said overstep local government authority to regulate health care access and violate the New Mexico Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

At a news conference, Torrez said the ordinances are significant even in regions with no abortion clinics because they threaten to restrict access to reproductive health care in people’s homes. More than half of U.S. abortions are now done with pills rather than surgery.