Petition close to adding anti-abortion measure to ABQ ballot

Posted at: 07/18/2013 3:04 PM
Updated at: 07/18/2013 3:10 PM

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed new abortion restrictions into law on Thursday, a New Mexico pro-life group is gaining steam with its own anti-abortion ordinance.

The "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance" bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Chris Donelly of Voices for Family Values said a petition to place the ordinance on Albuquerque's November ballot has more than 10,000 signatures. He said the group just needs about 2,000 more signatures before July 25.

"We've been trying to get this type of legislation passed here in New Mexico to no avail and so we decided as a grassroots effort to come together to put this petition forward to have their say in November," Donnelly told KOB Eyewitness News 4 last week.

But advocacy organization ProgressNow New Mexico says the ordinance wages a war on women's rights.

"The extremists pushing this bill admit that Albuquerque is the testing ground for their new effort to take away a woman's right to her own body – even if she’s been the victim of rape or incest,” ProgressNow New Mexico executive director Pat Davis wrote. "If they are successful here they'll push these bans in cities across the country."

If the legislative petition is successful, Albuquerque could become the first city to independently enact a ban on the local level, according to pro-life group Operation Rescue.

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance