ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Both sides are upping their game in the ongoing debate and upcoming election over late-term abortion here in Albuquerque.
Voting day for the special election to ban late-term abortion in the city is Nov. 19, but early voting begins Wednesday. Voters in City Council District 7 will also see a runoff election between Janet Arnold-Jones and Diane Gibson after neither got 50 percent of the vote in the Oct. 8 municipal election.
With the vote coming up fast, one side has just started a TV ad campaign to sway the voters.
“We were ready to give our 2-year-old a brother or sister,” the woman in the ad that hit airwaves today says. “And everything with the pregnancy went pretty well until we went in for our 20-week ultrasound.”
The ad is asking you to vote 'no' on a late-term abortion ban for abortions after 20 weeks.
“This is not a place for government intervention into a very personal, private and very difficult decision,” Dr. Sandra Penn, a local physician, said.
Penn supports the ad as Albuquerque voters prepare to voice their position.
“Respect ABQ” released the ad, detailing a mother's decision to abort her unborn child rather than let the child die at birth.
“We should not be limiting woman's access to safe and legal abortions,” Penn said. ”I think that’s very serious.”
The doctor's opinions are a far cry from those of Elisa Martinez, founder of “Protect ABQ,” a pro-life group.
“That baby was subjected to a late term abortion procedure died a very excruciating and painful death by a lethal injection, which takes anywhere from four to 24 hours to take,” Martinez said.
Martinez helped to gather some of the 27,000 signatures to get the ban on the ballot.
She's stepping up her efforts, too, by inviting a former late-term abortion provider to give an inside look at late-term abortion at a special event Wednesday in Albuquerque.
The former provider used to work at an Albuquerque clinic abortion opponents describe as one of the busiest late-term abortion clinics in the nation.
“We know that these late-term abortions are dangerous for women, and they're being performed by and large on healthy mothers with healthy babies,” Martinez said.
Martinez says there is a provision in the ban that would allow for abortions if a mother's health was at risk. However, Penn says it's very vague and does not protect a mother.
Penn wouldn't give details on how certain abortions are performed, saying every case is different.
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