Valencia County mulls late-term abortion ban

Posted at: 12/11/2013 7:58 AM
Updated at: 12/11/2013 2:27 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Valencia County Board of Commissioners will hear from some residents Wednesday night about why they want an ordinance in place that would ban late-term abortions.

This comes almost a month after Albuquerque residents voted against a similar ban.

The wording is clear: "You cannot perform or try to perform an abortion on a pain, capable baby after 20 weeks of gestation," said Jackie Farnsworth, who is behind the ban.

The ban is aimed directly at abortion clinics. Valencia County doesn't have one within county lines but Farnsworth is calling the ordinance "preventative."

Farnsworth followed the controversial special election ballot measure in Albuquerque last month. Voters had to decide whether to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks.

"The subject came up and I said, 'Oh my goodness this could impact us hugely, hugely,'" Farnsworth said.

When Albuquerque voters decided against the ban, Farnsworth became even more motivated and is now taking it to the board of commissioners.

"We're asking them. They represent us. We're trying to tell them what our values are and please represent us," she said.

Opponents don't think it should be up to local government to decide. Julianna Koob with Planned Parenthood of New Mexico told KOB Eyewitness News 4, "It's too bad they're inserting politicians in an area they don't belong."

Next week, the board will meet to decide whether to adopt the ordinance and ban late term abortions in the county.