Loss on Albuquerque Late-term Abortion Ban No Defeat. We’ll Be Back

Albuquerque, NM — The Albuquerque Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance lost 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, who assisted the ABQ Voters Against Late Term Abortion Ban campaign and 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.

Voter confusion was widespread over the ballot measure, which was lengthy and technical.
“We understand that some supporters of the ordinance actually voted against it because they thought they were voting against abortion. That is an issue that can be easily corrected next time around,” said Sullenger. “Now the local activists in Albuquerque have been seasoned and things just might turn out differently if we can get another bite of this apple.”

The opposition to the ordinance, which would have been the first-ever municipal ballot measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks when babies are known to feel pain, outspent the pro-life campaigns by a margin of 4 to 1. In addition, Organizing for Action, which was heavily involved in Albuquerque, is essentially President Obama’s presidential campaign, which continues to advance a radical leftist agenda. Their experience helped turn out “against” votes in early voting that made the difference in the outcome of the race.

But the daring pro-life campaign to protect unborn babies after twenty weeks from death from barbaric and dangerous abortion practices succeeded in focusing the attention of the world on the matter of late-term abortions and created a template for activists in other communities to use to affect change in abortion laws in their communities, shifting their focus away from politicians in Washington, D.C. who are reticent to engage in legislation on abortion.

“I am so very proud of the work done by Albuquerque activists, especially Bud and Tara Shaver, who poured three years of their lives into exposing abuses at the largest late-term abortion abortion clinic in the nation,” said Sullenger, who worked with the Shavers for a year at Operation Rescue Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. “They are the best and it was my honor to work with them on this campaign. We can only expect more exciting things in the future from them as their work to end abortion in New Mexico continues.”

  • Don

    Had high hopes voters would approve the ordinance.
    We lost an election but we didn’t lose the debate.
    We never lose that.

  • rita

    On August 2, I was blessed with a new grandson. He was born early–29 weeks gestation. As I watched this 2+lb baby fighting to live; his tears as they insterted a port, I could not help but think of those woman who think nothing of tearing off the arms and legs and crushing the skull of a little one just like this Yes, as others have written..it is no different than human sacrifice of which we read in past civilizations. The only difference–we call that human sacrifice CHOICE!

  • Raymond Banner

    Over many past years as I have observed the United States go further into depravity, I have sometimes thought in a similar vein as rita expresses in a comment above regarding abortion in this nation: ” . . . it is not different than human sacrifice of which we read in past civilizations. The only difference -we call that human sacrifice CHOICE!” But as Don observes in another comment above, we press forward.

  • Elizabeth

    Very very sad & disappointed about this from here in Canada where there are no laws
    protecting the pre-born child what so ever. At least Americans try to create some laws,
    restrictions & guidelines around the child sacrifice issue. reminds me once again that this is a
    spiritual war, not a political war. The war between evil & good won’t be won at polling
    stations. It will be won in the hearts and minds of decent people through repentance,
    prayers & sacrifices. God Bless. I am going off somewhere to pray.

  • Nancy Cosgrove

    I am from Canada as well. Abortion at any time for any reason paid for by us Canadians. We are learning from you good people. We are fighting but the enemy is crafty and invisible. We know God will be victorious, but my heart breaks for the excruciating pain inflicted by this “Choice” sacrifice. St. Michael, be our guide and our patron. I will fight to the death.