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Groups take aim at abortion measure

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and several other groups are launching a campaign to defeat a proposed late-term abortion ban in Albuquerque.

The alliance of community organizations and women’s advocacy groups is holding a press conference Thursday to announce the launch of “Respect ABQ Women.”

The campaign is in response to an effort by anti-abortion activists to get a ban on abortions after 20 weeks placed on Albuquerque’s October ballot for the city council and mayoral elections.

Tara Shaver, who helped organize the effort, says Albuquerque is being targeted because it is home to one of the few clinics in the country that offers late-term abortions.

Shaver says her group has turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to put the question to voters.

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