Albuquerque To Vote On 20-Week Abortion Ban

The residents of Albuquerque, N.M. will vote next week on a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with certain exceptions, according to the Washington Post.

The provision is similar to a bill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced in the Senate last week. Both the Albuquerque measure and the Senate bill provide exceptions for instances when the mother’s life is in danger. The Albequerque measure does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

The ban in Albequerque would effectively result in statewide ban since the only clinics that offer abortions after 20 weeks in New Mexico are in Albequerque, opponents of the measure told the Post.

The measure has the support of the majority of Albequerque voters. Fifty-four percent support the ballot initiative, according to a Albequerque Journal poll conducted in early September.

If the provision passes, it would be the first municipal level ban in the country.