America’s Late-Term Abortion Capital. Why?

Photo from Albuquerque Project Defend Life

Albuquerque voters recently came out in support of late-term abortion in all its grizzly inhumanity.

Why?

The only explanation offered in the comments on an earlier post about this vote was a bogus bit of nonsense about how late-term abortion was “necessary” because of a “medical emergency.” I say this is bogus, because, well, it is bogus.

Look at the video below and tell me how the procedures these people describe are in any way medically better for the woman than simply delivering the baby and then trying to save it?

Among other things, the video describes a week-long procedure, having the baby alone in a hotel room, and birthing a dead baby while alone on a toilette. According to their web site, the abortion clinic in question does abortions up to 28 weeks of pregnancy, which is a viable baby. I keep wondering if the people who make these comments actually know what an abortion is, and how it’s done.

The pro abortion movement sells — quite successfully, I might add — abortion as a magical re-wind which just — poof!! — makes the woman un-pregnant. They cook up fantasy scenarios where a late-term abortion is actually necessary to save the woman’s life, when in truth it layers another load of medical procedures, as well as much less medical supervision, on top of what the woman would go through if she simply delivered her baby.

Abortion is not a magical re-wind. It does not undo pregnancy and make it never have happened. It kills the baby. That is the whole purpose of an abortion. Late-term abortions do this in a way that is both graphic and cruel to the woman, as well as the baby.

It is amazing to me that the same medical profession that lobbies so aggressively against home births based on how dangerous a home birth is, turns around and lobbies with equal vigor for women delivering dead babies alone on a hotel room toilette when the procedure is called an abortion.

One of the women in this video convinced the medical staff that she was 27 weeks pregnant, which is actually one week earlier than Southwestern Women’s Options does abortions. Twenty-seven weeks is a viable baby that would most likely survive delivery and go on to a normal life.

This circles back around to what I think is an important question: Why did Albuquerque voters come out in support of  late-term abortion?

A lot of things influence elections. People tend to forget that elections are not decided by public opinion. Elections are decided by the people who vote. Politicians influence the outcome of elections by when they hold the election (Certain dates tend toward lower turn-outs, which are much easier for special interest groups to win.) and by how a ballot question is worded.

Advertising is also a major influence on elections, as is how strongly community groups such as the Chamber of Commerce come into the debate. If Albuquerque is anything like Oklahoma, the Chambers of Commerce in the big cities are pretty much owned by pro abortion Republicans with a smattering of pro abortion Democrats. There is a good bit of inter-locking between the Chamber’s inside group and the boards of organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

This is not true of the smaller chambers around the state, but they don’t appear to be taken all that seriously by the two biggies, at least not here in Oklahoma.

One question I have is how much the Albuquerque-Santa Fe chambers of commerce influenced this vote. Since this was a local vote, their influence would matter. I would guess, based on what I heard back when I was pro choice, that the Santa Fe chamber is pro abortion. That may not be true now, but it was true in the 80s and 90s. I don’t know anything about the Albuquerque chamber.

I would guess that the rank and file Albuquerque voter did not vote for late term abortion as it actually is, but rather for some fantasy version of late-term abortion that doesn’t exist outside of pro-abortion polemics. There is no question that late-term abortion is infanticide for the sake of committing infanticide. It has no other purpose. If people fully understood this, only pro abortion fanatics, eugenicists and those who gain from the procedure would be in favor of it.

I don’t think that describes the citizenry of Albuquerque. My question from an earlier post remains: What were the voters told and how were they influenced to vote in favor of the horror of late-term abortion?

If anyone has links to ads or other ways in which this vote was put together, I would love to see them.

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  • FW Ken

    I’ve been doing some reading and still wonder who thought a municipal ban was a good idea. That’s just asking the late-term abortionists to set up in the suburbs.

    As an aside, I checked our local Planned Parenthood offices on line. The abortion site is closed, which is ironic, since it’s only blocks from the hospital district. Did they not want to upgrade their facility? Did the hospitals refuse privileges to the abortionists? The four neighborhood sites are open, presumably pushing their wares on the poor people they are set up near. I wonder where they are sending women who want an abortion?

    • Dale

      Ken, to answer your first question, the idea for a municipal ban seems to have been a local idea. According to Elisa Martinez of Protect Albuquerque Women and Children, part of the idea “came from a citywide minimum-wage referendum last year; when pro-lifers
      saw the move’s success, they decided to use the same tool to limit
      abortions. And, she adds, Texas’s 20-week abortion ban also inspired
      them.”

      http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364170/albuquerque-votes-late-term-abortion-ban-betsy-woodruff

      At any rate, the national pro-life organizations are now on-board with the idea. Fr. Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, described it as a brilliant strategy.

      Whether the clinics can simply relocate to the suburbs, I don’t know. Relocation is expensive, and the sort of surgery involved in late-term abortions likely requires advanced features not found in an ordinary clinic.

      • FW Ken

        Dale,

        Thank you. That’s interesting, but you would think someone might have noticed that the pro-minimum wage crowd is not the same as the pro-life crowd.

        As to relocation. When the option is closing or moving, I think they might choose to move.

  • AnneG

    Some of these doctors have licenses in the state but no privileges at hospitals. Getting privileges is a rather lengthy task, requiring some documentation of qualifications, where licensing may not. In some places abortionists are commuters who make a lot of money. They do not really want to be responsible for complications, even when they are local. They just tell the patient to call 911. That’s what they do in metro areas. It’s all about the $$$$$$

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    How disgusting!!!!! What a disgrace. I don’t recall ever being in a Plaza Inn but I will make sure that I will never, ever spend a nickel of my money at one. What a disgrace for Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. And to think they actually have a cross on their both of their respective flags. SHAME!


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