A national 20-week abortion ban has been introduced in U.S. Senate and a citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy will receive a vote on Nov. 19 in Albuquerque, NM.
For the first time since Roe v. Wade, the Senate is considering a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed through the House in June, and would protect these babies on the premise that they are capable of feeling pain.
In New Mexico, a state with no abortion restrictions, the city of Albuquerque will vote on November 19th to ban abortions after 20 weeks. This stand-alone special ballot initiative is the first of its kind in America's abortion history, allowing the citizens to decide the fate of babies. Nicknamed the "Abortion Capital of the West," Albuquerque's residents have a chance to change the laws locally, but the effects could eventually impact the entire state.
Let us offer our prayers and sacrifices for the success of the above national legislation and the upcoming vote in New Mexico. Let us especially ask for the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, La Conquistadora, the first image of Our Lady venerated in the America, whose shrine is in Santa Fe, NM, to intercede for the most vulnerable citizens of our country. For Catholics, every action, even before voting, starts by falling to our knees.