Jewish and medical communities rally against anti-abortion campaign

Posted at: 08/20/2013 7:45 AM
Updated at: 08/20/2013 2:16 PM
By: staff

ALBUQUERQUE -- Midwives, doctors, mothers and members of the Jewish community gathered downtown Tuesday to protest a pro-life campaign that calls abortion the "Holocaust in Albuquerque."

Operation Rescue advocates recently assembled outside the Holocaust Museum in downtown Albuquerque with signs reading, "ABQ: America's Aushwitz" and comparing late-term abortion to the genocide of millions of Jews during World War II.

"It's an inappropriate venue to discuss women's healthcare," said Katie Stone, one of the rally's organizers.

Doctors and advocates also told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they were getting threats from pro-life groups trying to stop late-term abortion in the city.

Organizers of the "Rally to Denounce Terror" said the timing couldn't have been more perfect for the rally, considering the Albuquerque city clerk's office announced Monday night that voters would not see a late-term abortion ban on October's ballot.

Operation Rescue said they sent the clerk's office a petition with more than 27,000 signatures. The clerk's office verified more than 9,000 signatures, but said they ran out of time to count the rest.

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

"People shouldn't want to abort a baby, that's a life," said Victoria Hicks, a pro-life supporter who believes it should be up to voters to decide on the ban.