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Confirmed: Late Term Abortion Ban Will be Placed On ABQ Election Ballot

Confirmed: Late Term Abortion Ban Will be Placed On ABQ Election Ballot

Albuquerque, NM- In an unexpected and heated exchange during the ABQ City Council meeting on September 16th, Councilors inevitably voted to put the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance on a citywide election ballot.

 
“The will of the people has prevailed tonight and we are excited to move forward to ensure that women and their babies are protected from perilous late term abortions. We are confident moving forward that Albuquerque residents don’t want their city to be known for being the “go to” place for late term abortions. Albuquerque is one step closer to seeing this come to an end,” stated Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for Project Defending Life.

On September 9th, the ABQ Journal published a poll of the people to determine whether or not they support the ordinance. 54% of Albuquerque residents support the ban, which aligns pretty closely with national polls regarding late term abortion restrictions.

The City Councilors who voted against the resolution to ensure that the ordinance be placed on an election ballot were, Trudy Jones (R), Isaac Benton (D), Roxanne Myers (R) and Rey Garduno (D).

Please thank those who supported the resolution and are allowing this to move forward according to the process set forth in the Albuquerque city charter.

Ken Sanchez (D): kensanchez@cabq.gov

Brad Winter (R): bwinter@cabq.gov

Dan Lewis (R): danlewis@cabq.gov

Janice Arnold-Jones (R): jarnold-jones@cabq.gov

Don Harris (R): dharris@cabq.gov

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Project 52- Saving Women & Children Through Christ

Project 52- Saving Women & Children Through Christ

Project 52 is an interdenominational church initiative engaging congregations for 52 weeks a year in promoting the sanctity of human life.

The vision of Project 52 is to activate 52 local churches to adopt the Late-Term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) for one week out of the year. Each church will have the freedom to minister as they see fit to each and every abortion minded woman. During their designated week, they will claim the Late-Term abortion clinic for every hour, every day SWO is open (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

“Abortion in our community is a huge mountain that seems impossible to be moved on our own, however if every church in our city would step out with just a mustard seed sized faith,  and share the love of Christ by serving the “least of these,” God will move the mountain in our community and we will see an end to abortion…and to God alone be the glory!” -Bud Shaver, Project Defending Life

What is Project 52?

Project 52 is an interdenominational church initiative engaging congregations for 52 weeks a year in promoting the sanctity of human life from the time of conception. Providing a framework for multi-faceted action to facilitate a culture honoring and understanding the value of Human life in all aspects of our society.

Why is Project 52 needed?

Abortion’s devastating repercussions affects every person and every church in our society. The ripples have decimated our population and our spiritual health for the past 40 years. Now barbaric late term abortions have made Albuquerque the “late term abortion capital of the southwest”. If followers of Jesus Christ do nothing to intervene, then we participate by our very silence.

How does Project 52 work?

Sign your Church up to “adopt” one week out of the year for focused Pro-life education and work. Call Rev. Spears at 505 710-4542 to select your week. Project 52 Kicks off on September 30, 2013. Churches can log in Volunteers and keep posted at http://www.meetup.com/Project-52

There are ways for every person in your congregation to become involved. Here are some of those options:

· Commit as a church to one week of prayer and sidewalk witness in front of the late term abortion clinic (training provided)

· Become educated on the repercussions of abortion (Brochures included)

· Preach a sermon or do classes for your congregation on the biblical view of child sacrifice ( Focus on the Family Brochure included in packet)

· Encourage members to become a regular sidewalk counselor (training provided) or to volunteer at a pregnancy center (training provided/ list of pregnancy centers included)

· Be prepared to refer to a pregnancy center or post abortion recovery program (resource list included)

· Encourage members to send post cards and letters to legislators and city council members. Write Letters to the editor.

· Encourage congregation to vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance and Support and to become educated on pro-life issues.

· Visit the legislature with Traditional Values Action Committee (TVAC), the Pregnancy Center Network or on your own

· Join a prayer group like the Albuquerque Prayer Initiative (API)

· Encourage members to seek post abortion healing (post abortion information and referral list included.)

· Schedule a video screening for your community of the movie 180 or Maafa21 or Project 52 video

Please join us as we embark on this journey of saving one women, one child, one week at a time.

“Project 52 is about bringing churches together, not in doctrine, but its about bringing churches together to try and save innocent babies whose voices have not even been heard yet. Jesus calls all of us to bear fruit and one thing that you can do as a church in this city, is you can stand for the lives of unborn children.” Pastor, Mark Mullaney of Jesus First

Watch this promo video to learn more about our latest effort to educate and active the Christian community in Albuquerque, New Mexico to end abortion in our city one woman, one child, one week at a time!

Sign your Church up to “adopt” one week out of the year for focused Pro-life education and work. Call Rev. Spears at 505 710-4542 to select your week. Project 52 Kicks off on September 30, 2013. Churches can log in Volunteers and keep posted at http://www.meetup.com/Project-52

Project-52 is an outreach of CSA

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New Poll Shows Majority of Albuquerque Voters Support Banning Late-term Abortions

New Poll Shows Majority of Albuquerque Voters Support Banning Late-term Abortions

This originally appeared at www.operationrescue.org

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal released results of a poll today that shows 54% of Albuquerque voters support the proposed municipal ban on abortions after 20 weeks when babies are known to feel pain. Only 39% opposed the ordinance.

The late-term abortion ban particularly enjoyed favor among Hispanic people who support the ordinance by 57% regardless of party affiliation. Those who identified as Republicans expressed an overwhelming 80% support for the ordinance.

This is the first known effort to ban late-term abortions on the municipal level. Albuquerque holds the dubious distinction of being known as the “Late-term Capital of America” because it is the site of Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest late-term abortion clinic in the U.S.

“This poll shows what we have been saying all along, that the proposed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance has wide support in Albuquerque. Putting this ordinance to a vote is the right thing to do,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Late-term abortion is a barbaric and dangerous practice that has no place in a civilized society. There are better, more compassionate alternatives for women in the late stages of pregnancy than inflicting upon them and their babies the brutality of abortion.”

Organizers used the legislative initiative process to get the ban on a city-wide ballot after it became clear that the predominately pro-abortion Democratic state legislature would not act. Needing only about 12,000 signatures of registered voters to place the ordinance on the ballot, organizers gathered a remarkable 27,000 signatures in 20 days, showing the ordinance has widespread support.

City Council President Dan Lewis, who says he supports the late-term abortion ban, has indicated that he will introduce a resolution at the next city council meeting on Monday to place the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance on a city-wide ballot on November 19th. The election would be conducted via a mail-in ballot. That resolution is expected to be adopted by the city council.

Tara Shaver, of Project Defending Life acts as spokesperson for the ordinance effort. She gathered documentation through open records requests that indicated ambulances were transporting women to hospital emergency rooms from Southwestern Women’s Options at an alarming rate. Over a dozen 911 records showed women were experiencing life-threatening complications to abortions as late as 35 weeks ranging from a ruptured uterus to heavy hemorrhage. Southwestern Women’s Options is a freestanding abortion clinic that is not equipped to handle serious complications that arise from the risky late abortions.

Last month, Operation Rescue staff members participated in a pro-life training conference in Albuquerque, which was followed by street protests conducted by Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. Abortion supporters criticized the protests as “outsiders” trying to affect city policies. However, Newman has a different take on who the “outsiders” really are.

“Both of the clinic’s primary abortionists, Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson, fly in to Albuquerque from California to do the abortions then fly out again. Neither hold local hospital privileges. In fact, the clinic is owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd. They are the ones coming in to Albuquerque to cause issues,” said Newman. “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance is truly a grass-roots effort put forward by people who live in Albuquerque, like the Shavers. It is supported by pro-life groups around the country because women from every state are currently traveling to Albuquerque to have these dangerous abortions at the latest stages of pregnancy. The poll confirms that it is the out-of state abortionists who are out-of-step with the people of Albuquerque.”

While some erroneously say the ordinance is illegal since it runs contrary to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized abortion, the fact is that Supreme Court precedent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey narrowed the Roe ruling, allowing states to regulate and even ban late-term abortions. Bans similar to Albuquerque’s proposed ordinance have been passed in 11 states and introduced at the Federal level.

“This ordinance has a high probability of success, given the popular support in the community, and we are confident it will pass constitutional muster if it is ever challenged,” said Newman.

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