Abortion ban proposal won't be on city ballot

Posted at: 08/19/2013 10:07 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque voters will not see a question about banning late-term abortions on their general election ballots in October.

The city clerk said by Monday night, her office certified more than 9,000 of the 12,000 signatures needed to get the question on a ballot. Even though they have time to certify more, there won’t be time for city council to approve a resolution and get the question on the ballot. Deadlines are set by a state statute.

Voters could still decide on the ban through a special election, but that would cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Organizers of the ordinance petition released the following statement:

“We are confident it will pass on a special election ballot. However, in order to save the city money we will ask that the City Councilors adopt the ordinance. The people have spoken – 27,000 in 20 days.”