The measure’s defeat Tuesday, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent, effectively keeps mid-to-late-term abortions available in New Mexico. Had the proposal passed, it would have halted abortions after 20 weeks at the state’s only two clinics providing them. Both are located in Albuquerque.
The vote also shuts a door that abortion opponents were trying to open at the municipal level. Thirteen states have passed similar “fetal pain” laws, which are based on the argument that fetuses can feel pain by 20 weeks. Albuquerque would have been the first city to approve such a measure.