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Elspeth
11-20-2013, 01:52 AM
Albuquerque voters reject late-term abortion ban

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/19/3386113/albuquerque-votes-on-late-term.html#storylink=cpy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Voters in New Mexico's largest city rejected a ban on late-term abortions Tuesday in a municipal election that was being closely watched as a possible new front in the national abortion fight.

The special election followed an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.

Activists on both sides of the issue said it was the first municipal ballot measure on the matter, which usually is debated at the state and federal level. Abortion opponents hoped a victory in Albuquerque would create momentum nationally in their long-running fight to ban abortion.

Albuquerque became the focus of the latest anti-abortion campaign because it is home to Southwestern Women's Options, one of just a handful of clinics in the country that perform late-term abortions. The proposal would ban abortions after 20 weeks except to save the mother's life.

A leader of the initiative, Tara Shaver, said her group gathered signatures to put the issue to voters after failing to make headway in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

Asked if other cities with late-term abortion clinics might be targeted in the future, Shaver said, "We are encouraging people to see what can be done at the city level. ... We are starting to get calls from people asking us how to do what we have done."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/19/3386113/albuquerque-votes-on-late-term.html#storylink=cpy

Novaheart
11-20-2013, 02:11 AM
Do municipalities have the authority to regulate medical practices? Isn't that generally done at the state and federal level?

NJCardFan
11-20-2013, 03:46 AM
Glad to see Albucrackie is all for butchering babies.

Odysseus
11-20-2013, 12:41 PM
Do municipalities have the authority to regulate medical practices? Isn't that generally done at the state and federal level?

Licensing is done at the state level. Specifics about practices are generally done at the state and local level, depending on the nature of the practices and how the law is drafted. A city or town cannot waive a state requirement, but they can impose their own requirements so long as they are not more lenient than the state's. So, if the state law says that abortions cannot be performed after 24 weeks, a town can impose a requirement that takes it down to 20 weeks, but if the state law says that all abortions shall be legal up to 24 weeks, then the town cannot restrict that. It all depends on the language of the state law.

noonwitch
11-20-2013, 01:59 PM
Do municipalities have the authority to regulate medical practices? Isn't that generally done at the state and federal level?


Ann Arbor seems to have skirted most of those types of regulations, both as far as abortion goes and as far as medical marijuana is concerned (when it wasn't legal at the state level, but was at the city level). AA passed a law in the 80s that stated that abortion would remain legal in the city limits even if Michigan banned it.


Ann Arbor is the home of U of M and the Berkley of the midwest. It's a nice place if you can afford it.

Novaheart
11-20-2013, 04:26 PM
Ann Arbor seems to have skirted most of those types of regulations, both as far as abortion goes and as far as medical marijuana is concerned (when it wasn't legal at the state level, but was at the city level). AA passed a law in the 80s that stated that abortion would remain legal in the city limits even if Michigan banned it.


Ann Arbor is the home of U of M and the Berkley of the midwest. It's a nice place if you can afford it.

I know that parts of Michigan are supposedly delightful in the summer. But I have never understood the whole Ann Arbor thing. Then again, I don't get a lot of the destination colleges in the north. When I was in high school , I dreamed about going to school in Lausanne but also in Miami. I could never understand why the New Yorkers paid a fortune to go to the University Of Maryland. If you are going to go to school away from home, doesn't it make sense to go someplace where it isn't cold?