ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The fight over whether a proposed late-term abortion ban would be legal even if Albuquerque voters approve it, kicked into high gear Wednesday night.
City councilor Trudy Jones introduced a resolution asking the city to get outside legal opinions before there's a vote.
It was packed in council chambers as people let Jones have a piece of their mind.
"We believe that the people have the right to make the decision for themselves on whether to pass this measure or not. And this is an attempt to interfere with the electoral process,” said Rev. David Quintana who supports the ban.
This all stems from the late-term abortion ban election set for Nov. 19. The ban's supporters collected 27,000 signatures to get it to a vote.
Jones' resolution asks the city to find out whether the ordinance is constitutional and whether the city has to hold an election if it's not.
During public comment, most of those who spoke were in favor of allowing the ban to go to the voters saying the city should not interfere in the democratic process.
But others claim the ban wouldn't hold up in court and a vote is just a giant waste of money.
"This ban is completely unconstitutional the city attorney said it. The Attorney General has now said it. It’s unconstitutional and unenforceable and quite frankly, it’s a waste of our tax payers money,” said Julianna Koob of Planned Parenthood.
The resolution was sent to a committee. The committee chair deferred it until after the Nov. 19 election which essentially killed the resolution.
Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday he believes the proposed abortion ban would be unenforceable based on federal court rulings that have struck down similar bans in other states.
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