Activists using out-of-state teens for abortion protests

Posted at: 08/08/2013 10:13 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Groups responsible for the anti-abortion campaign in Albuquerque have bused in teens from around the county to push their message, KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned.

The activists held signs along Central and 6th Street in Downtown Albuquerque Thursday showing graphic photos of mutilated infants and signs that read “ABQ: America’s Auschwitz.”  Auschwitz is a WWII Nazi concentration camp were 1.5 million people were put to death in gas chambers, most of them Jewish.  The protests were feet away from the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum. 

In fact, management at the museum told KOB that protestors went into their building passing out leaflets and demanding the museum open an exhibit that compares the Jewish Holocaust to abortion.

“We need to show the truth about abortion,” chanted one protestor. 

By talking to the teens holding the signs, KOB learned they were bused into Albuquerque earlier this month.  They mostly come from California; one said he came from Dallas. 

KOB asked one of the protestors what she knew about New Mexico’s abortion laws.

“Since I just got here, we've been learning about it since then, so I don't know too much," the young activist admitted. 

Out of state or not, the group claims they’ve secured nearly 25,000 petition signatures from Albuquerque resident who support their cause.  But it’s still difficult for a New Mexican native like Joan Lamunyon Sanford to accept the comparison that Albuquerque is like a Nazi concentration camp.

"We are hurt and outraged that these out of state extremists would come to our city and disrespect one of our most important landmarks like this," Lamunyon Sanford said.

If the groups are successful, a question will appear on the next municipal ballot in October asking if Albuquerque should ban abortions 20 weeks after conception.  The American Civil Liberties Union has argued such a law violates federal and state laws.