ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An anti-abortion group in Albuquerque has, literally, taken its message to the streets and now the mayor is asking the group to tone it down.
The group, Protest ABQ, drives a truck around town with graphic images of fetuses. The group is in different neighborhoods every week, but Mayor Richard Berry said the message has gone too far.
“What I’m doing today is asking them to stop that activity,” he said.
The mayor posted a video, Friday, calling on the group to stop the truck from going into neighborhoods.
“There’s nothing we can find that would legally stop them from doing this,” Berry said. “But I’m standing up as a mayor and asking them to advocate for a position, but in a way that’s respectful for our kids in our community.
Berry said he’s heard from a lot of parents who are tired of seeing the truck pass in front of their homes. He said they want it out of their neighborhoods.
“I’m a pro-life mayor,” he said. “It’s not the issue that concerns me, it’s the way they are going about it.”
The founder of Protest ABQ, Father Stephen Imbarrato, responded to the mayor’s video with his own.
“No indication that you are pro-life other than the words of a politician who obviously cares more about children seeing the results of baby killing than the children being killed,” Imbarrato said.
KRQE News 13 spoke to the group who said they don’t plan to stop.
Berry said his staff is working to set up a meeting with the group, something the group said it’s been trying to do for a year.