Albuquerque vote targets late-term abortion clinic

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 9:36 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three years ago, anti-abortion "missionaries" Tara and Bud Shaver left Operation Rescue's base in Kansas with one target: a clinic that abortion opponents say has turned Albuquerque into the late-term abortion capital of America.

But after a loss at the medical board and making little headway in the Democrat-controlled Legislature, their group, Project Defending Life, gathered enough signatures to place a late-term abortion ban on the municipal ballot.

It is believed to be the first such referendum of its kind in the country and is being watched as a possible new front for activism in the abortion wars that have typically been waged at the federal and state levels.

On Tuesday, Albuquerque voters will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

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