National civil-rights activist Dolores Huerta appeared at a news
conference this morning to speak out against the proposal to ban
abortions in Albuquerque after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Huerta, describing herself as a Catholic mother of 11 children, said
the proposed ordinance “is an assault on the rights of women.”
She is a co-founder of United Farm Workers. She was born in New Mexico
but now lives in Bakersfield, Calif.
Huerta said the proposal to limit abortions in Albuquerque is
attracting national attention. She heard about it both through relatives
who live in New Mexico and from national organizations she works with.
The city has scheduled a Nov. 19 election on the proposal, which was
brought forth after thousands of supporters gathered petition
signatures. They describe Albuquerque as a leading provider of late-term
abortions and say the ordinance is necessary to protect the unborn.
Huerta, 83, spoke against the proposal Tuesday morning in a news
conference held in a Downtown office building.
“This is an attack on women’s health,” Huerta said. “This is also an
attack on women’s civil liberties.”