Thursday News Roundup: Groups Launch Campaign To Defeat Abortion Measure

Aug 1, 2013

Groups Launch Campaign To Defeat Abortion Measure - Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and several other groups are launching a campaign to defeat a proposed late-term abortion ban in Albuquerque.

The alliance of community organizations and women's advocacy groups is holding a press conference Thursday to announce the launch of "Respect ABQ Women."

The campaign is in response to an effort by anti-abortion activists to get a ban on abortions after 20 weeks placed on Albuquerque's October ballot for the city council and mayoral elections.

Tara Shaver, who helped organize the effort, says Albuquerque is being targeted because it is home to one of the few clinics in the country that offers late-term abortions.

Shaver says her group has turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to put the question to voters.

Court Sets Aside NM Chiropractor Drug Regulation - Associated Press

The state Court of Appeals has invalidated a government regulation spelling out the drugs that can be injected by certain chiropractors in New Mexico.

The court said Wednesday the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners failed to get necessary approval from the Medical Board and the Pharmacy Board in 2011 for a list of minerals and drugs that could be administered by chiropractors who completed additional training and education. The regulation has been on hold during the appeal.

The board contended it didn't need approval from the groups that license physicians and pharmacists.

A board spokesman said no decision has been made on whether to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

The Appeals Court upheld a board rule for the extra training required of an "advanced practice chiropractic physician."

Lake Roberts Dam In NM Undergoing Renovation - Associated Press

The state Game and Fish Department says the water level is being lowered at Lake Roberts in southwestern New Mexico for a $6.5 million renovation of the dam and spillway.

The agency said a boat ramp will be closed as the water level drops during the next month. The lake near Silver City will remain open during the year-long construction project.

The renovation is to strengthen the dam, which the State Engineer's Office has said is vulnerable if there's major flooding. The dam will be raised eight feet, the current spillway will be replaced and a secondary spillway will be built.

The dam is owned and maintained by the department and the State Game Commission.