City Bill Backers Hope to Eliminate Abortions After 20 Weeks

Valley College’s Feminist club works with Feminist Majority Foundation to spread awareness about women’s rights.

By Camila Tabar, Staff Writer

This week marks a defining moment in the country’s stance on abortion rights. Currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there is a bill underway which could potentially thwart the efforts of pro-choice advocates throughout the United States.

The “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance” seeks to make all abortions in Albuquerque after the 20-week mark illegal, providing no exceptions for instances of rape or incest. While other past attempts to criminalize abortion in the United States have been on nationwide and statewide levels, this city-level ban is the first of its kind.

President of Valley College’s feminist club Minh Tran has been working with the Feminist Majority Foundation to spread awareness about what she believes is an affront on women’s rights. She has been spending the last month calling potential voters in Albuquerque with hopes of swaying their votes.

“I decided to phone-bank for Feminist Majority Foundation [in the campaign against the anti-abortion bill in Albuquerque] after learning more about how this particular bill could have a negative, widespread impact on other states in the near future,” Tran said. She fears that this measure could influence other cities to adopt a local approach to banning abortions and may eventually reach California.

“I think this Albuquerque bill is horribly unfair, considering that there are so many reasons why women seek abortions past 20 weeks,” Tran said. “A lot of them tend to be medical reasons since it isn’t until around the 21st week that a doctor can diagnose any life-threatening complications.”

Albuquerque is the only city in New Mexico offering abortions after 20 weeks, as they are fairly rare in occurrence. If passed, the city measure would essentially be a ban in the state. The fate of this measure will be decided on Nov 19.

Students interested in issues concerning women’s rights can attend Valley’s feminist club meetings on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Humanities Building 104 and Thursday at 5 p.m. in Behavioral Sciences Building 102.

“By being involved, [students] increase [their] chances of knowing what else is going on out there in the world that could affect [them],” Tran said. “Do something about it!”

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