New Mexico voters stood up for women and families
New York, NY—Despite running a deceptive campaign funded by out-of-state interests, anti-choice proponents of a city-wide ban on later abortion failed to garner the votes needed to pass the ballot initiative in Albuquerque, NM. Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH, hails the defeat of the measure:
“The voters of Albuquerque showed that they care about women’s health and respect the private medical decisions they make. They saw through this deceptive initiative and defeated a measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, with only the narrowest of exceptions, legislation that would have stripped women of the ability to make the best decision for themselves and their families. We thank them for rejecting that injustice.
“We also thank the local Respect ABQ Women coalition, which worked tirelessly to fight the people who would run roughshod over the rights of women in order to further a political agenda.
“Finally, we thank our physician colleagues in Albuquerque, the allied medical professionals, and the clinic staff who have persevered in the face of adversity, going to work every day despite enduring harassment and intimidation. Without these trained and trusted professionals, women would have nowhere to turn for care in the region.
“Bans on later abortion ignore the complex realities of women’s lives. There are a number of reasons why women need abortions after 20 weeks. My colleagues and I see patients for whom pregnancy is dangerous, who become ill while pregnant, or who receive diagnoses of serious fetal anomalies. Every situation is unique, which is why as physicians we want all women to be treated with respect and receive the best medical care possible. With the defeat of this ballot measure, the voters of Albuquerque affirm that women deserve the best care and deserve privacy and respect.” Read More