Created: 11/03/2013 10:08 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The Archbishop of Santa Fe was in Albuquerque Sunday night to mobilize Catholics.
He asked them to make sure they vote for Albuquerque’s proposed late-term abortion ban.
At a special Mass at the Shrine of Bernadette, Archbishop Michael Sheehan gave parishioners a mission during his homily.
“Let us say yes to Jesus, let us say yes to the unborn child, and urge others to do the same,” Archbishop Sheehan said.
The archbishop’s opinion, and the archbishop himself, are revered among Catholics. His message stuck with him, and Catholics said they’re ready to vote.
“I'll be heading out probably tomorrow or Tuesday,” Frank Griego said.
But while his message was well-received by parishioners there, some lifelong Catholics say families of faith deserve to make their own choices about abortion.
“The evil thing would be to condemn our women and families facing these heartbreaking circumstances,” Tannia Esparza said. “Instead, I as a Catholic woman decide to stand by and show my compassion, by standing with the women of Albuquerque.”
The Archbishop, though, who voted himself this past week – says there is only one way for Catholics to vote.
He did agree the three page ballot could be confusing.
“The ballot itself is kind of long and legal, it can be confusing to someone, you vote yes for the ban and we vote yes for a ban against late term abortion,” Sheehan said.
Some voters have been confused about the wording on the ballot.
If you want the ban, you vote “for” it—if you don’t want the ban, you vote against it.