Respect ABQ Women: Our work isn't over

Posted at: 11/20/2013 8:01 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque group launched in response to a proposed late-term abortion ban says they're happy with the outcome of the election, but that their work isn't done yet.

On Tuesday, Albuquerque voters struck down an ordinance that would have made abortions illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy. "Respect ABQ Women" and the ACLU of New Mexico have been fighting the issue since the very beginning and believed the proposal was unconstitutional.

Julianna Koob of Respect ABQ Women said the election results send a big message to the rest of the country.

"They will look at us and see the respect that we showed for the voters and the families here in New Mexico and they will replicate that respect by having these really important conversations about abortion in their own communities," she said.

Now that the election is over, Respect ABQ Women plans to educate women about their rights. If the issue comes up in another U.S. city, Koob says she hopes voters will look at what happened in Albuquerque.