Albuquerque first city to vote on abortion ban

Posted at: 11/19/2013 6:17 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque’s late-term abortion election is getting national media attention. Experts say however the vote goes, it could set a model for other cities to follow.

Thirteen states have passed late-term abortion bans, but Albuquerque would be the first city to do it on a municipal level. Activist groups across the nation are watching to see if it will work. Experts say what happens here could be a good indicator of what will happen next.

“Albuquerque has a population that makes decisions, informs opinions, based on information, so they're very objective in their thinking,” Del Esparza of Esparza Advertising said. “So it's very good as far as a test market is concerned.”

Pro-life pundits say if the ban passes in Albuquerque and goes into effect, petition-driven legislation on abortion could pop up elsewhere.

It is a local election, but hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus many volunteer campaigners, have poured in from other states, on both sides of the issue.