Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 20, 2013 (OperationRescue) — The Albuquerque Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, lost Tuesday tonight by 10.5% of the vote. The final tally was 44.74-55.26%.
“Pro-life supporters may have suffered a political loss, but we are far from defeated. We’ll be back,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, who was in Albuquerque for the vote. “It is clear that the people are uncomfortable with late-term abortions and would like to see them end. We learned a lot from this campaign, and we look forward to another try that will better reflect the true feeling of the voters on this subject."
The ordinance would have been the first-ever municipal ballot measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks, when babies are known to feel pain.
Priests for Life founder Fr. Frank Pavone said pro-life activists in the city "should not feel discouraged" by the defeat of the measure. "The fact is, of course, that children have in fact been saved through this effort, simply because we have raised the issue of fetal pain, which does not even cross the minds of many abortionists," he said.
"This effort in Albuquerque has helped raise awareness of the inhumanity of a procedure that can no longer hide behind the euphemism of choice. We will build on that awareness to pass this measure on the federal level."
Pro-abortion forces celebrated last night's vote. The defeat is "a huge blow to anti-choice forces," said Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America. "They failed in Albuquerque, and we will work to make sure they come up short wherever they try.