Cortney O'Brien

Albuquerque, New Mexico has been referred to as the “late-term abortion capital” of America. But, next Tuesday it has the potential to become the first city in the nation to pass a municipal ban on abortion after 20 weeks.

The citizens of Albuquerque are set to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance – a law forbidding abortions past 20 weeks gestation. The fact that the law is being considered in Albuquerque is even more significant because of the fact the city is home to the largest late-term abortion clinic in the country.

To encourage citizens to check YES next to the ordinance on the ballot, pro-life organizations such as the Susan B. Anthony List and Live Action have been on the ground and on citizens’ TV screens informing them that a vote for this bill is just common sense. The former has even launched a week-long TV campaign to make sure voters know a baby at 20 weeks can feel pain.

SBA List released this ad today featuring Dr. Anthony Levantino, a former abortionist turned pro-life champion who even took his message to the floor of Congress in May to defend the same legislation now being considered in New Mexico.

According to one Gallup poll, 68 percent oppose second trimester abortions and 84 percent oppose third trimester abortions. These numbers would likely be even higher if more people looked at the science behind the legislation banning abortion at 20 weeks. Dr. Paul Ranalli, a neurologist at the University of Toronto, is one of many doctors who recognizes that unborn babies have a heightened sensitivity at this stage.

“At 20 weeks, the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body, and their electrical activity can be recorded by standard electroencephalography (EEG).”

In other words, the baby can feel it, so we shouldn’t do it. It’s common sense. Or, as one video says, it’s “human sense.”

UPDATE: Live Action has also released an ad today urging voters to consider the dangers of late-term abortion. Check it out here:


Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is a Townhall web editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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