Campaign seeks to block late-term abortion ban from ABQ ballot

Posted at: 08/01/2013 1:40 PM
Updated at: 08/01/2013 1:50 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An anti-abortion group's plan to get a late-term abortion ban on the Albuquerque ballot could be thwarted by a new campaign.

"Respect ABQ Women" launched Thursday in response to a petition to get the ban up for a vote in the city's October election.

Project Defending Life said they submitted the petition with 27,000 signatures to the county clerk's office—More than double the number required to get the proposal to the city council, who makes the final decision on whether or not to put it on the ballot.

New Mexico is one of the few states with no restrictions on abortions, and Project Defending Life says Albuquerque is the abortion capital of the nation. Their goal is to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

But pro-choice advocates behind the Respect ABQ Women campaign say it's not up to voters to decide whether or not women can get abortions.

"We know that these are very deep and personal decisions that women need to make with their families and guided by their faith, and we want to trust that they're going to have that opportunity to make those decisions on their own," said Adriann Barboa, advocate for Respect ABQ Women.

The city is in the process of verifying the petition signatures and says they have confirmed 2,519 so far. The petition needs to be a little more than 12,000 signatures from registered voters to get the ball rolling.

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