Albuquerque votes on late-term abortion ban

Posted at: 11/19/2013 7:35 AM
Updated at: 11/19/2013 1:54 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- All eyes are on Albuquerque Tuesday as voters decide whether or not to ban late-term abortions. If passed, Albuquerque would have the first municipal abortion ban in the country.

View: Nov. 19 Special Election Info

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Voting "for" the ordinance means you want the ban. Voting "against" the ordinance means you do not want the ban.

The group behind the ordinance, "Project Defending Life," submitted thousands of signatures to the city clerk to get the ban on the ballot. In September, the city council approved a special election for the ban.

"Respect ABQ Women" launched a campaign in August working to keep the issue off the ballot. Many people against the ban think the decision shouldn't be up to voters to decide.

Residents of district 7 will also vote today for their city councilor. Janice Arnold-Jones is challenged by Diane Gibson.