Abortion ban question may go to special election
councilor could make late-term abortions illegal. ryan luby is live in the newsroom with what's next. ryan? tom/nicole, today, the city clerk verified that peititioners collected enough valid signatures. that means this issue could be up to you -- and it could cost taxpayers a lot. there are certain issues that call for civic duty. in albuquerque, anti abortion protestors from here, and ELSEWHERE-- "I'm from Dallas Texas" "I'm from Twin Peaks California" --HAVE, IN recent weeks, compared the city to auschwitz.. a concentration camp. they don't like the fact the city and the state don't have any bans on abortion. as big of an effort as it's been, organizers of the movement say it's not-- "ya know, it's not this big out-of-state, well- oiled machine." --IN FACT ELISA martinez says the effort is a grassroots one. that, she believes, is why -- in part -- nearly 27-thousand people signed onto the petition, one that calls for an abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy. city clerk amy bailey says not all of the signatures were valid, but roughly two- thirds were-- --more than 12- thousand-- enough to put this citizen-driven, direct legislation up for a vote. "if council does anything other than approve it as written, it will go to a special election." ALTOGETHER, SHE says it could cost about 600- thousand dollars. supporters of the legislation sure hope voters approve it. critics, however, make the argument they've made all along. "voters, nor government, have noplace in these deeply complex and personal decisions about our bodies and lives." the issue could avoid a special election. it could end up on a ballot in november, if the mayor's race leads to a runoff election. it could also go up for a vote by city council in the next two weeks, but there's absolutely no indication that will happen. live in the newsroom, rl, kobewn4. the last time a petition forced a special election was this past march. that was when voters decided to change the requirements for mayoral and city council candidates. now those candidates must get at least 50-percent of the vote to avoid a run-off election. before, they needed only 40- percent of the vote. the city saved money on that special election by having voters just mail-in ballots.