President Obama's old campaign operation rallied the troops today, warning of a "pretty scary" ban on abortions in the sixth month of pregnancy that voters in Albuquerque, N.M., might pass.
"Something pretty scary is happening in Albuquerque right now," Kaili Lambe, who manages women's issues campaigns for Organizing for Action, wrote in an email to Obama's 2012 campaign volunteers and grassroots donors.
"This is a serious attack on women — and it's a deliberate attempt by extreme interest groups to test their latest anti-women strategy," she said.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance had 54 percent support among the city's likely voters, even though "Albuquerque generally is a progressive city and New Mexico is generally a progressive state," as ProgressNow New Mexico spokesman Patrick Davis said.
That blue-city support for an abortion restriction perhaps accounts for the tone of OFA's warning. "[I]f they win in Albuquerque," Lambe wrote, "you can bet they're going to take this approach to cities and states across the country."
She's right about that. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., thinks pro-life advocates have found a political winner in arguing for a nationwide Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
He unveiled the legislation Nov. 7, along with the prediction that Democrats who oppose the bill will be "losers" at the ballot box.
"I don’t believe it’s a loser in American politics for any politician to sincerely say, 'If you’re asking the mother and the father to talk and sing to the child and you can’t do surgery without anesthesia because of the pain that child feels, then I want to help bring that child into the world,'" Graham said.