Voters to decide on late-term abortion ban
Posted at: 09/17/2013 5:35 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Following a decision by Albuquerque city councilors to put a late-term abortion ban on a special election ballot, pro-life and pro-choice groups are revving up their campaigns.
The ballot measure asks voters if a woman should be allowed to have an abortion after 20 weeks.
"Abortions are being performed up through all nine months of pregnancy and it's a detriment to our city," said Project Defending Life spokesperson Tara Shaver. "We don't want to be known as the late-term abortion capital."
Shaver said pro-life groups recently collected their goal of 27,000 petition signatures and she's sure the law will pass.
But Micaela Cadena with Respect ABQ Women said the measure is unconstitutional. She believes voters will realize tough decisions should be made by families, not government.
"We trust women and their medical providers to make those complicated decisions based on the situation of the family and the pregnancy," Cadena said.
After a heated debate Monday night, city councilors voted 5-4 to allow the measure to the make the ballot. A city attorney even said, either way, they'll get sued by one group or another.
"We have to ask ourselves, as a society, 'Can we kill innocent human beings?,'" Shaver said.
"Families need to remain the decision makers for their bodies and their lives and remain with that power," Cadena said.
The special election is scheduled for November 19. It’s the same day as a run off mayor election. If no runoff election is needed, voters will decide by mail-in ballot.