ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - With less than two months until Albuquerque's late-term abortion ban comes up for a vote, Archbishop Michael Sheehan on Friday kicked off a campaign urging the city's Catholics to vote for it.
"We believe very strongly in the dignity of human life, and we don't want to see our city be the late-term abortion capital," Sheehan told KRQE News 13.
Sheehan is referring to Southwestern Women's Options in Albuquerque. It's one of only four clinics in the country that performs abortions after six months and was the target of what organizers called a grassroots petition drive that put the issue on the ballot.
The vote is scheduled for Nov. 19 in conjunction with any runoff elections from the Oct. 8 municipal election. If there are no runoffs, the voting will be conducted by mail.
Not all Catholics agree with the ban.
Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, is a practicing Catholic and is working closely with the campaign against the initiative.
"There's a misunderstanding that because we're traditional in our views that we're necessarily dogmatic," Roybal Cabellero said. "We are not. We're very familial when it comes to decisions such as these."
A recent Albuquerque Journal poll showed 54 percent of voters support the ban.
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