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.
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.
With 20-week abortion bans, far more than abortion is at stake. These measures establish legal principles that will be—and, indeed, already have been—used to justify arrests of and forced medical interventions on pregnant women.
A record number of Albuquerque residents have cast ballots as election day nears for an ordinance that will decide whether women will continue to have the right to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks’ gestation in the city. If passed, the ban would effectively cut off access to abortions after 20 weeks in the entire region.
The Albuquerque City Council has scheduled a vote on a petitioned 20-week abortion ban in the city for November 19, after councilors questioned the constitutionality of the ordinance and “struggled with whether they were required to schedule a vote on the measure.”
Why do anti-choicers rely so heavily on bad, offensive analogies that compare reproductive rights to slavery, the Holocaust, and drug addiction? In no small part, it’s because without these inaccurate and offensive analogies, their actual arguments are exposed as weak and petty.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered a hearing to resolve whether or not county clerks can move forward with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.