Legal experts: Pain Capable abortion ban ‘grounded in Supreme Court precedent’
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, (Operation Rescue) - Project Defending Life will be wrapping up this week’s town hall meetings and “Do you know? Do you care?” campaign with talks from local and national attorneys who will answer questions about the constitutionality of the Pain Capable Child Protection Ordinance, not yet passed by voters in the city of Albuquerque.
Dana Cody, executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, has been championing the rights of women and the unborn for more than 20 years. She will help put into perspective how this ordinance has been enacted in various other states and what that means for us in Albuquerque.
In response to questions about the constitutionality of the pain-capable ordinance, legal staff members have issued the following statement:
The proposed pain-capable ordinance is grounded in Supreme Court precedent and within the City of Albuquerque’s duty to protect its residents and visitors. The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that, as a pregnancy progresses, governments have a compelling interest in protecting the unborn child. Due to the absence of any existing protections for unborn human beings facing the pain inflicted by late-term abortion, the proposed measure is a necessary and reasonable way to protect these babies within the bounds of Supreme Court jurisprudence.
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The citizens of Albuquerque gathered 27,000 signatures in support of getting the pain capable unborn child protection ordinance on a local election ballot.
New Mexico has no restrictions on abortion, and Albuquerque is home to one of the largest late-term abortion facilities, Southwestern Women’s Options.
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This article originally appeared on Operation Rescue and is reprinted with permission.
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