Late-Term Abortion Foes Remain Optimistic

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
For Immediate Release
Andria Gilligan
(505) 712-9471
Protect ABQ Women & Children
Protect ABQ Women & Children Remains Optimistic about Ending Albuquerque’s Lucrative  Late-Term Abortion IndustryPro-Life Groups Outspent by Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Obama’s Organizing for America 4 to 1

Albuquerque – Despite being outspent by nearly a million dollars, the local New Mexico pro-life groups that started this ballot initiative remain upbeat in passing a statewide late-term abortion ban in New Mexico.”This was truly a grassroots movement driven by local New Mexicans, though we did not receive the result we would have liked tonight, many eyes have been opened to the fact that New Mexico is still one of the few states that permits abortions for all nine months of pregnancy and that we are home to the nation’s largest late-term abortion facility. Just because this didn’t pass, doesn’t mean the 20-week ban isn’t right,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of Protect ABQ Women & Children.

And like the Albuquerque Journal Editorial “Update Abortion Law but Not at the City Level,” released Sunday said, our state’s abortion laws need to updated statewide to protect unborn children who feel pain and to protect women from this mostly elective procedure that is more deadly than birth. The facts are with us and I am confident with time we will end the lucrative late-term abortion industry in our state.”

In July, Protect ABQ Women & Children, along with other pro-life groups, turned in nearly 27,000 signatures, more than double the necessary needed to put the measure on a city-wide ballot, in half the allotted time. Protect ABQ Women & Children is a local advocacy campaign that is working to raise awareness of the dangers of the late-term abortion industry in Albuquerque and to garner support for the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. For more information on our efforts, please visit: www.ProtectABQWomen&