Campaigning intensifies for both sides of abortion ban as vote nears

Updated: 11/09/2013 10:14 PM | Created: 11/09/2013 10:12 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As of Saturday, the vote on a proposed late-term abortion ban for the city of Albuquerque is just nine days away.

Campaigning on both sides of the issue is getting more intense, and this weekend voices that have not been the focus of the fight so far spoke out.

From ads asking voters to protect women and unborn children to those defending a woman’s right to choose, voices and images of women have dominated the debate over a proposal to ban abortion in Albuquerque after a woman reaches twenty weeks of pregnancy.

But Saturday, men standing against the ban held an event to share why the issue is just as personal for them.

“Myself and many of my friends have gone through the painful issue of ending a pregnancy,” Albuquerque city councilor Isaac Benton said. “A personal decision to end a pregnancy. And the circumstances are so varied and so personal and so difficult.”

They wanted to show the debate is not just about women; it is about families.

Across town, ban supporters held their own event trying to hype up Hispanics on the issue. There, too, men spoke up.

"It's wrong either way you look at it, to kill something or somebody, especially a baby - a baby doesn't have any choices,” Michael Ramirez said.

So far, more than 22,000 people have voted on the late-term abortion ban.

Early voting continues on Monday even though it’s a holiday.

Early voting ends next Friday.

The actual voting day is November 19th.

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