Posted at: 11/01/2013 6:45 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
You’re thinking about a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or maybe some Junior Mints, and right there in your pile of Halloween candy comes a message straight from the abortion rights battlefield. That’s the unexpected treat a few Albuquerque trick-or-treaters got Thursday night – a message from the Right to Life movement, just in time for the city’s special abortion rights election.
“I am not a clump of cells,” the card with an image of a fetus proclaims. “I am a human being.” Another one asks “Am I not human?”
The cards are from the Right to Life movement, but they are not part of the campaign in Albuquerque to outlaw late-term abortions. Elisa Martinez heads that effort with the group called Protect ABQ Women and Children.
“No, it’s not our organization,” Martinez said Friday. “Everything that we’re putting out is focused on this ordinance and passing the ordinance. Whatever anyone else feels empowered to do, we’re not going to stop them.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the issue, local women marched downtown to the city clerk’s office to vote against the ordinance, with Albuquerque Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham helping to lead the charge.
“Please join us in voting no against this restrictive measure,” Rep. Lujan Grisham urged. “This harmful measure hurts women, hurts families, and erodes our health care and civil rights protections.”
“The citizens of Albuquerque are smart enough to see though that,” Martinez said. “Throughout this process we’ve been able to educate and inform people just how dangerous these late-term abortions are for women and for children.”
Early voting continues through Nov. 15. Old-fashioned Election Day is Nov. 19. You must be a registered voter living in the city, with a photo ID, if you want to vote.