The battle to protect unborn lives has gained momentum recently, with states like Texas implementing stricter legislation despite the raucous objections of the pro-abortion crowd. A similar push in Albuquerque, N.M., on the other hand, resulted in a setback for the community’s pro-life movement.
A number of principled activists in the region joined together to advance the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation except in an emergency. While the grassroots effort received significant support, proponents were unable to compete with the deep pockets of national organizations.
Thanks to funding from high-profile abortion advocacy groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, the pro-life message was largely drowned out by the shrill voices of child murder supporters. Reports indicate that pro-abortion spending outpaced pro-lifers by a 4 to 1 margin throughout the legislative debate. By the time voters reached the polls on this issue, abortion advocates had spent about $800,000 in local advertisements.
In the end, the measure fell in a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent.
Though obviously a speed bump along the road to reducing the number of abortions in the U.S., pro-life activists are not giving up.
Priests for Life National Director Father Frank Pavone said “children have in fact been saved through this effort,” noting “the issue of fetal pain … does not even cross the minds of many abortionists.”
Albuquerque, however, has earned the dubious distinction of America’s late-term abortion leader. This proposed law would have significantly curtailed the inhumane practice.
Naturally, abortion fans celebrated the victory, with NARAL President Ilyse Hogue describing it as a “resounding defeat” of “extreme forces around the country now trying to impose their agenda on cities around this country.”
From this point forward, the pro-life movement might be shifting to more localized efforts. Tara Shaver, who helped organize the New Mexico initiative, said she is dedicated to helping other communities develop similar plans.
“We are encouraging people to see what can be done at the city level,” she explained.
Though ultimately unsuccessful in Albuquerque, these dedicated defenders of life will continue standing up for the most vulnerable among us until abortion is relegated to its rightful place alongside slavery in the dustbin of American atrocities.
For now, those who believe in the sanctity of life must join the growing hue and cry to abolish this barbaric practice. A persistent and unflappable resolve is the only way conservatives can effectively battle the well-heeled abortion industry.
–B. Christopher Agee
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