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11/20/2013 (4 months ago)

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Nobody who keeps their child regrets it.

Voters in Albuquerque have tragically rejected a measure that would ban abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, the point after which all children can experience pain.

Thousands of people tool to the streets to demonstrate for life.

Thousands of people tool to the streets to demonstrate for life.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/20/2013 (4 months ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Albuquerque, mecca, abortion, late-term, life, children, unborn


ALBUQUERQUE, NM (Catholic Online) - The law would have brought sweeping changes to a city that has been described as a late-term abortion Mecca. The city has two clinics that specialize in late-term abortions.

The law would have banned doctors from performing abortions after 20 weeks within the city limits. A limited number of exceptions would be allowed.

The ordinance, known as the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance" required a simple majority to pass, but failed.

In recent weeks, literal armies of pro-life supporters and leftist, anti-life advocates descended upon Albuquerque in a political campaign-style blitz reserved for elections. Leaders on both sides held rallies, protests, counter-protests, gave speeches and implored for people to support their sides.

Although formal figures have not been reported, it is likely that agencies such as Planned Parenthood and other anti-life organizations managed to outspend and drown out, to some degree, pro-life advocates.

Despite the failure of the ban on abortions after 20 weeks, similar laws are already on the books in 13 states. The laws are based largely on the premise that a child can feel pain by their 20th week in the womb. Any procedure designed to burn, dismember, or otherwise kill a child in the womb would be barbarically cruel, adding another level of savagery to an already gruesome practice.

Still, anti-life leftists have managed to control the language and the discussion. Spinning the issue as one of "rights" and women's liberation, they have convinced many Americans that the issue is one of choice and "freedom."

However, women have choices. That choice exists before they engage in activities that can result in pregnancy. It is a simple level of behavioral responsibility that we all expect from our adolescent children, despite their raging hormones. Why is it that we do not expect all the more from adults?

Even in cases where the pregnancy is intended by God, but not the parent, there remain alternatives. Adoption services are freely available which may require carrying a child, but also ensure that child may enjoy a full and fruitful life as intended.

Can anyone find the mother, who even under the most difficult personal circumstances, chose to keep their child and regretted it? No woman who keeps her baby regrets it.

However, millions of women who kill their babies do.

That's one thing you need to know because no matter what Albuquerque says is permissible, that fact alone should be informative enough.

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