ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Santa Fe is urging Albuquerque parishioners to vote for a proposed ban on late-term abortions.
The Most Rev. Michael Sheehan said during a Sunday evening Mass that the congregation should vote for the measure that includes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Sheehan said a vote would for the ban would “say yes to the unborn child.”
Anti-abortion groups gathered more than double the signatures necessary to force a Nov. 19 election on the issue in New Mexico’s largest city.
It’s an attempt to shutter Southwestern Women’s Options, one of the few clinics in the country offering abortions into the third trimester of pregnancy.
Critics say the proposed ban would be an unconstitutional government intrusion into a woman’s privacy.