Wednesday morning was cool and clear. I got on my bike an rode down 12th St. to Menual and then up a couple blocks to the early voting location near 6th St. where I cast my vote against the proposal to restrict abortions in the City of Albuquerque beyond the twentieth week. I can't say I'm very optimistic about the outcome of this special election. Democratic party spokespeople have encouraged the idea that a successful election outcome for the anti-abortion proponents will not survive a court challenge. However, that outcome currently looks shaky given the recent appeals court decision upholding the anti-abortion election effort in Texas.
The local pro-choice position made its debut in the media only days ahead of the early voting launch date. The full ad makes a pretty good case, but what gets aired in most instances is a truncated version that really doesn't get across the terrible burden that the 20-week ban puts on women who are found at that point to be carrying an unviable fetus.
A more thorough look at the issue is provided by an article by Geoffrey Plant in the Alibi. He suggests, for instance, that the probable conflict of the proposed ban with state and national laws is a double edged sword. The proposed law could get stopped locally by a legal challenge, but the proponents would then be given the opportunity to push the issue into higher courts which are quite likely to be sympathetic to overturning Roe v Wade. The obvious strategy for pro-choice supporters is to defeat the Operation Rescue effort now in the polls.
Also, an article at Salon provides some insight into the organizational tactics behind the Albuqurque election intiative, and points out that this is the first time such an effort has been undertaken in a major city.