ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque City Council President Dan Lewis said he plans to introduce a special-election resolution at the next council meeting in order to let voters decide on an abortion-ban measure.
Earlier this week the 12,000 signatures needed to get the initiative on a ballot were certified.
The measure organized by Voices for Family Values calls for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The cost of the special election is estimated at $600,000 although it is a cost that could be avoided.
"One of the councilors could come forward with legislation regarding this initiative, and we would have to vote on it," said Councilor Ken Sanchez.
That, though, is unlikely.
Sanchez said at this point no councilor wants to do that, and even if someone does decide to sponsor some sort of legislation to call for a vote, they don't have much time.
"(We) would have to hold a special council meeting to get this done," Sanchez said.
Besides the logistical issues Sanchez and all the councilors KRQE News 13 spoke to agreed this is an issue that needs to be voted on by the public.
"It wasn't the council that created this initiative," Sanchez said. "It was people that were determined went out and got the signatures and their right is to allow this to go to the voters.
"II think under this election resolution that's what we will do."
The special-election resolution will be introduced at the Sept. 16 council meeting. The special election would be set for November.
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