The proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation in Albuquerque may have been soundly defeated at the ballot box, but the reverberations from that vote are being felt across the state.
Though 2013 might have brought an array of new abortion restrictions and other setbacks for reproductive rights, there were also a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year. The staff of RH Reality Check notes some of the top pro-choice successes of 2013.
A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people, while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate in the health-care reform law.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Scott Lemieux explains what exactly is going on with the contraception lawsuit Hobby Lobby is taking to the Supreme Court. I examine the diverging trends in Texas and New Mexico. Also, is the country finally, finally getting smarter about the problem of rape?
The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.
Reproductive rights activists behind the campaign against the proposed Albuquerque 20-week abortion ban credit a grassroots effort to educate and turn out voters for the decisive victory.
Christie’s Story: A Video by Respect ABQ Women Tells a Tale of How 20-Week Abortion Bans Can’t Work for Women
This full length TV ad released by Respect ABQ Women at the end of October features Christie Brooks, a mother who found out her child would suffocate and die if she carried her pregnancy to term.
Turning out in droves, voters in Albuquerque voted down a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation in the city and would have had a significant impact on later abortion access in the region.
The defeat of the 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque underscores a critical but often overlooked point in abortion politics: When given the chance, voters have consistently rejected the anti-choice agenda.
If approved, the ordinance would have a significant impact not just on reproductive rights in Albuquerque but throughout New Mexico and the Southwest.