Emily  Minick

The citizens of Albuquerque are taking the old saying, All politics is local to a new level.

On November 19 the residents of Albuquerque will vote on a first of its kind city ordinance, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance, which, if passed, would legally protect unborn babies 20 weeks after fertilization from late abortion. If passed, Albuquerque would be the first municipality to enact this kind of pro-life ordinance in the nation, making it truly historic.

The reality is Roe v. Wade did not end the abortion debate in America it intensified the debate, making it the central human rights issue of our time. Abortion in America today is unrestricted through all nine months of pregnancy in some places and often times unregulated, ranking America one of only four countries in the world that permit abortion past the age of viability for any reason.

Incremental legislative strategies that restrict abortion represent the view of a majority of Americans. Gallup finds that 52 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances. In fact, the proposed city ordinance in Albuquerque which would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization is supported by roughly 54 percent of city voters, according to a poll conducted by the Albuquerque Journal.

Supporting late abortion is the extreme position to hold in America today, with 64 percent of Americans opposed to abortion in the second trimester and 80 percent opposed in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murder last spring for snipping the necks of babies who were born alive after an abortion attempt, illustrated in shocking detail the horrors of late abortion. The pictures of full term babies dead in boxes in Gosnells clinic should be enough to make Americans reconsider the outer limits of our legal abortion policies today. The great absurdity is the fact that if these babies died during the abortion procedure in the womb, not outside the womb, a majority of what Dr. Gosnell did would have been legal. Gosnell was also convicted of performing illegal late abortions because Pennsylvania law bans abortion after 24 weeks.

Emily Minick

Emily Minick is a senior legislative assistant at the Family Research Council.