Pro-life, pro-choice activists react to late-term abortion ban election

Posted at: 09/17/2013 8:35 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Pro-life advocates protest in Albuquerque.
Pro-life advocates protest in Albuquerque.
Photo: KOB File Photo

Albuquerque voters will soon decide on a proposed late-term abortion ban in the city.

On Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council approved a special election for the proposed ban. The election is scheduled for Nov. 19, the same date as the potential runoff election for mayor and city council candidates.

If a runoff election isn't needed, the ban will be decided by a mail-in vote.

"The will of the people has prevailed tonight and we are excited to move forward to ensure that women and their babies are protected from perilous late term abortions," said Tara Shaver, a pro-life activist who launched a petition for the ban. "We are confident moving forward that Albuquerque residents don't want their city to be known for being the 'go to' place for late term abortions."

On the other side of the issue, pro-choice activists have launched a movement called "Respect ABQ Women." The campaign urges women to vote "no" on the proposed ban.

"Respect ABQ Women is confident that Albuquerque voters will reject this government interference in a woman's private decisions about abortion," campaign spokesperson Adriann Barboa said. "Our campaign has been preparing for either an in-person or mail in election, and our hundreds of volunteers are working tirelessly to ensure that every voter understands why they should vote no on this intrusive ballot measure."