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Voters in Albuquerque to vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance

by | Sep 30, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

AlbuquerquewelcomeThis fall voters in New Mexico’s largest city will vote on the ‘Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance” which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, the juncture by which science shows the unborn child can experience pain.

A poll taken in September by the Albuquerque Journal newspaper showed 54% of city voters supported the measure, while only 39% in opposition.

The measure will be addressed because pro-lifers secured 12,091 signatures. Once that threshold was reached, Albuquerque’s City Council could only either approve the law outright or put it to voters. No one spoke in favor of the former option when the council considered the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance earlier this month.

If following a October 8 ballot for mayor and six city council members, there is at least one run-off election, the ordinance will be part of an in-person election November 19. If no run-off is needed, the vote will be conducted by mail.

The election resolution adopted “calls for putting the entire five-page ordinance on the ballot, not just a short summary,” Reuters reported.

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Categories: Legislation