The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments at the end of the year over whether city- and county-level abortion restrictions are legal in the state.

The court, in a unanimous order, set the date for Dec. 13, and it advised the parties on several specific issues outlined in previously filed briefs. The court had previously requested responses and ordered briefs to be filed by parties involved in the case.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Raúl Torrez filed an emergency petition challenging a series of anti-abortion ordinances in several municipalities throughout the state. The Attorney General’s Office argued the ordinances violated civil rights guaranteed by the state Constitution.

“It is simply inappropriate, unlawful and unconstitutional for local governments to use their limited authority to try to create a patchwork of regulations that would deny women access to essential health care services in their community,” Torrez said at a news conference announcing the challenge.

Last year, the cities of Clovis and Hobbs and Lea and Roosevelt counties passed anti-abortion measures. Those ordinances were passed after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2022 ended abortion rights nationwide and sent the issue back to the states.

The local laws vary, but essentially they aim to ban the use of the mail or other interstate carriers to deliver abortion drugs, citing a federal law.

New Mexico had an unenforceable law on the books for decades that made abortion a crime. But lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham repealed it in 2021, before last year’s Supreme Court decision.

The state Supreme Court also filed a motion Tuesday addressing some procedural matters in the case.