Pro-Life Group Launches Ads to Back Albuquerque Late-Term Abortion Ban

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 12, 2013   |   2:49PM   |   Albuquerque, NM

A national pro-life group has launched two new ads designed to help turn out the pro-life vote in favor of a ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The city is considered by pro-life advocates to be the late-term abortion capital of America by virtue of having one of the most prominent late-term abortion clinics in the nation.

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List informed LifeNews it has begun a $50,000 television ad buy in the Albuquerque, New Mexico media market. The weeklong campaign encourages city voters to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance on November 19. The ordinance would protect babies beginning at 20 weeks, or more than halfway through pregnancy, from the painful death of abortion.

“On November 19th, Albuquerque voters will consider the simple and foundational fact that the child in the womb is a member of the human family. At more than halfway through pregnancy, and even earlier, that child suffers excruciating pain from the cruel dismemberment of its body or the piercing of its heart,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “There is great consensus on this issue nationwide, and building momentum to protect the more than 15,000 lives ended each year in a late abortion. It is time that the law reflects our natural recoil from such violence against the innocent.”

Scripts from the ads (Common Sense Choice and Human Compassion Trumps Politics) are below:

 “When I learned that babies feel pain at 5 months, even though I am pro-choice, it helped me re-think how I feel about abortion. At a point when the baby feels pain, shouldn’t we all say that’s just too far?”

“You know, protecting the weak from pain is one of the most human things we can do. When it comes to protecting a baby at five months, don’t you think that human compassion should always trump politics?”

“You know, it’s a medical fact that babies in the womb can feel pain at five months. So, protecting them from the pain of abortion just makes common sense. No, it’s human sense.”



In addition to the TV and online campaign launching today, the SBA List has two full-time field staff on the ground in Albuquerque coordinating with local pro-life groups and activists through its measure finance committee, Susan B. Anthony List ABQ. The activities include phone banking and canvassing to identified pro-life voters, a full-page newspaper ad in the Sunday Journal.

The group is also sending out Protect ABQ Women & Children absentee ballot applications to over 30K voters and early voting information to over 40K voters and distributing thousands of other pieces of literature.