Thursday, November 21, 2013
Albuquerque voters rejected a proposed 20-week ban on abortion 55% to45%. The initiative effort may be new, but the municipal venue is not. In the early years after Roe v. Wade, the newly organized National Right to Life focused its strategy on passing laws at the city level. The most famous municipal law was the 18 provision "informed consent" law passed in 1978 here in Akron, Ohio. It was ultimately overturned by the US Supreme Court in City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health (1983) as an unconstitutional restriction on women's right to automony. I detail the backstory of the law using original interviews with many of the key players in the case in a forthcoming article Back to the Future of Abortion Regulation in the First Term.