I wasn’t there. What that means is that I don’t know exactly what arguments, claims and counter-claims led up to this vote.
What I do know is that Albuquerque voters turned back an attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We are talking about babies that a mere week or so later in the pregnancy might very well be able to survive if they were born normally and not murdered. I would guess that there were some pretty wild machinations involved in the campaign to “sell” late-term abortions to the public.
There is no reason, none, zip, nada, to do an abortion at this stage of pregnancy to save the mother’s life. Abortions at this time always involve putting the woman through a delivery. The difference is that the baby is deliberately killed first. Woman after woman, girl after girl has testified to the barbarity of “delivering” their dead babies alone in toilettes, hotel rooms and other non-medical places, all as part of a late-term abortion.
The difference between delivering the baby and then trying to save its life, as opposed to jabbing a needle through the mother’s abdomen to kill the baby and then forcing a fast labor and delivery and letting the woman deliver alone is the difference between
1. Good medical care for both mother and child
So what convinced Albuquerque voters to come out against a measure that would ban this barbarity? What inspired the healthy voter margin of 45% to 55% in favor of late-term abortion?
I don’t know, but I’m guessing that it wasn’t the truth.
One thing I do know is that this business of killing babies late-term in pregnancy does not benefit “women’s health.”
From CBS News:
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICOVoters in New Mexico’s largest city soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions in a municipal election that was being closely watched as a possible new front in the national abortion fight.
Voters rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent on Tuesday following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.
Activists on both sides of the issue said it was the first municipal ballot measure on the matter, which usually is debated at the state and federal level. Abortion opponents hoped a victory in Albuquerque would create momentum nationally in their long-running fight to ban abortion.
A coalition of abortion rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood, called the results a huge victory for Albuquerque women and families.
“Albuquerque families sent a powerful message today – they do not want the government interfering in their private medical decisions,” Micaela Cadena, of the Respect ABQ Women campaign, said in a statement. “Dangerous, unconstitutional laws like the one we rejected today have no place in Albuquerque, no place in New Mexico, no place anywhere in our nation.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said, “We hope today’s resounding defeat of this abortion ban sends a clear message to the extreme forces around the country now trying to impose their agenda on cities around this country. “
New Mexico’s attorney general had said the ban was unconstitutional, reports CBS Albuquerque affiliate KRQE-TV.