The following comes from a Nov. 20 story on CNN.
Voters rejected a ban on late-term abortions in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a proposal believed to be a first on a city level.
Referenda putting abortion on the ballot have been tried on the state level. But what Albuquerque did Tuesday night makes it unique among cities.
If the proposal had passed, it would have banned abortion after 20 weeks — with a few exceptions.
It would also have opened a new frontier in abortion wars, which are traditionally tackled at the federal and state levels.
With all 50 centers counted, 45% of voters were for it and 55% against it, according to the New Mexico secretary of state website.
Despite the defeat, anti-abortion activists said the battle is far from over.
“Pro-lifers in Albuquerque and elsewhere should not feel discouraged about the defeat of the effort,” said Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life. “It is a brilliant strategy and we will see to it that this effort is introduced in other cities and states.”
The municipal election followed an emotional campaign that included national groups.
Over the summer, anti-abortion activists gathered thousands of signatures to force a special election that will ban late abortions and make no exception in the case of rape and incest. It made an exception if the woman’s life was at risk.
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Will the Bishops in the United States who are always reminding us of the importance of Hispanics in the church now criticize the Hispanics in this city (the majority) who voted for this evil. They won’t the hispanics have become takers of free goverment things not champions of Catholic teaching/
Well said, Edward. It was reported that UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, who I understand resides in my hometown of Bakersfield, spoke at a rally in Albuquerque in opposition to this initiative. I am trying to find out whether she is a practicing Catholic. If so, she needs to be called out by the bishop. If anyone would know whether that is the case, do let me know so we can put an end to her scandalous ways.
Very good question Edward. You should email the NM bishops and ask them.
Edward…exactly correct….remember in California the ballot measure for Parental Notification before an abortion….it was the Hispanic vote that caused it’s defeat…the SEIU tells them how to vote…the same SEIU used the Cathedral in Los Angeles for a vigil with the county workers…wages are far greater than a HUMAN LIFE….
Without exceptions for rape and incest, both of which are felonies, this type of effort is doomed.
Exceptions for rape and incest ?
You want capital punishment for the “crime” of being conceived ?
That’s precisely what your “exception” is !
Yes, rape and incest are felonies, but murder is as well.
“This type of effort” is doomed because our bishops won’t lead.
“This type of effort” is the right type, without exception.
good cause, so then you are willing to support the death penalty for an innocent victim of rape? I happen to know three such individuals. They are most offended when do gooders like you insist that they deserved the death penalty due to their father’s crime against their mother. You, and others like you, should be ashamed of yourself. Do you support the death penalty for the rapist as well, or only one of his victims?