Group wants to place restrictions on abortions in NM

Posted at: 07/10/2013 6:03 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The heated abortion debate could be moving from Texas to New Mexico.

A group in Albuquerque, Voices for Family Values has started a petition to put an ordinance on the November ballot that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Chris Donnelly of Voices for Family Values says this ordinance would bring "common sense" legislation regarding abortion laws.

"We've been trying to get his type of legislation passed here in New Mexico to no avail and so we decided a grassroots effort to come together to put this petition forward to have their say in November," Donnelly said.

The group has until July 25 to get 15,000 signatures to get the ordinance on the ballot.

The Texas house approved a similar law that’s likely to pass their senate. Protests have been long and loud.

But some say this ordinance has no business in being in local law and that it should be left as a woman's choice.

"Women can make these complex decisions with their faith leaders, and in line with their own personal, religious, ethical and moral values," said Joan Lamunyon Sanford of the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights.

According to the city, if the group does get the signatures, the city will put this on the November ballot. If it does pass, it would be challenged immediately because the state law already addresses abortion rights in New Mexico.

Currently, the New Mexico law bans partial birth abortion.