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Yesterday, voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico took to the polls and voted down an attempt to ban abortion in their city.

The ballot measure was being pushed by opponents of abortion who targeted Albuquerque in a novel attempt to put an abortion ban on a city ballot. They hoped to close the city’s clinics, and also wanted to create a new model of attacks on abortion – going city by city, across the country.

But ABQ voters shut that whole thing down. Voters rejected the attempt to ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, recognizing that women need access to later abortion for a variety of reasons, and that the families in those situations need safe and legal medical care, not government interference.

Kudos to the Respect ABQ Women campaign that educated voters about this dangerous initiative.

It’s worth noting that ABQ is not unique. Every time a restriction on abortion has been put to a vote, the people reject it. Recent votes in Colorado, Mississippi, and South Dakota prove that voters want personal health decisions to stay between a woman, her family, and her doctor.

If only politicians who make the laws would get the message….

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.