Albuquerque Initiative to Protect Pain Capable Unborn Children First in Nation at City Level

By Cheryl Sullenger,  Operation Rescue, guest post

Albuquerque,   New Mexico - A first-in-the-nation effort has been launched by an  Albuquerque pro-life group that could ban late-term abortions within the   city limits of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the largest late-term  abortion clinic in the nation operates.

"On June 28th, 2013, concerned citizens of Albuquerque, New Mexico,  filed a petition for direct legislation by voter initiative with the  Albuquerque City Clerk. The 'Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection  Ordinance' if put into law in the city of Albuquerque will undoubtedly  protect women and children from abortion," stated Tara Shaver of Project   Defending Life, who announced the initiative at a press conference  today.

Frustrated by the state's legislature, which is controlled by  pro-abortion Democrats, the group launched the city-wide legislative  petition to enact a city ordinance that would protect pain capable  unborn children after 20 weeks gestation.  The city ordinance would be  similar in language to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,  which recently cleared the House of Representatives, and a bill known as  HB2 in Texas that is the subject of a second special legislative  session that has attracted thousands on both sides of the issue to the  Texas Capitol.

Eight states have passed late-term abortion bans based on the ability  of the pre-born baby to feel pain.  If the legislative petition is  successful, Albuquerque could become the first city to independently  enact a ban on the local level.

Interest in protecting pre-born babies that can feel pain has  increased dramatically after horrific details of babies being born alive  then brutally murdered surfaced during the Kermit Gosnell murder trial,  followed by similar accusations supported by photographic evidence made by three former employees of Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.

Recent polls show that 64% of Americans oppose abortions in the  second trimester while over 80% oppose third trimester abortions such as  the kind done in Albuquerque at a clinic, Southwestern Women's Options,  owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd.

At Southwestern Women's Options, three abortionists Shelley Sella, Susan Robinson, and Carmen Landau offer a method of late-term abortion invested by George Tiller of  Kansas.  The process begins with an injection through the abdomen and  into the baby that is mean to cause "fetal demise," however, the drug  used has a high failure rate,   which either necessitates a second attempt or results in babies being born alive.  Women are then given an unpredictable drug called Cytotec to induce contractions and are sent to a hotel where abortionists admit women sometimes give birth into the toilets in their hotel room.

"The citizens of Albuquerque are deeply concerned about the safety of  women seeking abortions beyond 20 weeks, which according to late term  abortionist Curtis Boyd's, owner of Southwestern Women's Options,  informed consent paperwork are more dangerous than carrying the  pregnancy to term," said Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life.

An abortion consent form used by Southwestern Women's Options notes the following concerning risks of the very late abortions that  are dangerously done in an out-patient clinic and sometimes completed in   a local hotel:

No guarantee or assurance has been made to me as to the  results that may be obtained [as a result of the abortion].  The risk of  terminating a pregnancy gradually increases throughout the course of  the pregnancy.  These comparative risks become approximately equal at  16-18 weeks of pregnancy and increases so that pregnancy termination at  18 weeks and above involves a greater risk than carrying the pregnancy  to term.

Project Defending Life and Operation Rescue worked together to expose over a dozen documented medical emergencies at Albuquerque abortion clinics, the majority of which occurred at  Southwestern Women's Options.  One incident documented a woman who  suffered a ruptured uterus during a 35 week abortion and nearly died.  Shelley Sella was charged with gross negligence for  that abortion by the New Mexico Medical Board, which inexplicably  cleared her of wrongdoing after an expensive prosecution.

The proposed new ordinance acknowledges the fact that as early as 8  weeks gestation a developing baby can respond to touch.  This fact was  confirmed by testimony given in during a House Judiciary Committee  meeting by Dr. Maureen Condic, who is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Part of the findings and authorities contained in the ordinance  language states, "The position, asserted by some commentators, that the  unborn child remains in a coma-like sleep state that precludes the  unborn child experiencing pain is inconsistent with the documented  reaction of unborn children to painful stimuli and with the experience  of fetal surgeons who had found it necessary to sedate the unborn child  with anesthesia to prevent the unborn child from engaging in vigorous  movement in reaction to invasive surgery."

"We fully support this citizen's petition effort in Albuquerque and  congratulate Project Defending Life for side-stepping the  obstructionists in the state legislature who are busy protecting  abortionists when they should be protecting viable babies during the  most vulnerable times in their lives," said Troy Newman, President of  Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue plans to join Project Defending Life and the Survivors in Albuquerque on August 2-4 to train citizens and stand in support of the local Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance.

View the Petition View the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance text