By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, New Mexico- While many states have benefited from Roe vs. Wade being overruled, unfortunately in New Mexico, abortion is expanding and there is already a visible increase in abortion tourism.
The Los Angeles Times put it this way,
New Mexico, one of six states that allow late-term abortions, has for years been overwhelmed by travelers from swaths of the country where the procedure is forbidden. But the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday on a Mississippi law to ban most abortions after 15 weeks, reversing the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling, has New Mexico’s abortion providers bracing for a new influx of patients from conservative states.”
Over the past 12 years Abortion Free New Mexico has been successful in working to close several abortion centers and helped prevent the expansion of abortion through cutting edge investigations and accountability projects. However, in a post Roe America not only are women coming to New Mexico to capitalize on the state’s lack of common sense legislation that should protect them and their children from the brutality of abortion, but abortion providers are also capitalizing on the lack of laws regulating abortion clinics.
In addition, the state of New Mexico financially incentivizes abortion by providing full funding up to the day of birth through New Mexico Medicaid. Most recently, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has even pledged 10 million state tax dollars, if she is re-elected, to fund the expansion of abortion further with a new abortion clinic in Doña Ana County.
abortion clinics operating in the state. Now there are currently nine abortion clinics statewide with one more making plans to relocate. Whole Woman's Health, is pursuing a move to a New Mexico/Texas border town where they plan to offer first and second trimester abortions. In the meantime, Whole Woman's Health advertises on their website the ability to, "get abortion pills delivered in as little as 3-5 days" and New Mexico is one of the five locations they are actively mailing these dangerous abortion drugs to.
The abortion pill has become increasingly accessible nationwide through telehealth appointments and pill by mail options. Four out of the nine abortion clinics in the state are solely prescribing abortion inducing drugs also known as the medication abortion or the abortion pill.
Prior to 2022, Albuquerque was the only city in New Mexico where surgical abortions were being performed. Now an abortion facility, previously located in Mississippi, has relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico to perform surgical abortions up to 19 weeks gestation.
late term induction abortions. Albuquerque now has a new clinic solely performing medication abortions (up to 11 weeks) that has relocated from San Antonio, TX called, "Alamo Women’s Clinic" which shares a parking lot with a local Christian Church.
Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement,
The expansion of abortion clinics in New Mexico is likely to put more women's lives at risk because abortion clinics are completely unregulated and some already have a record of injuring women including the death of Keisha Atkins in 2017. Women need love, support and encouragement during an unplanned pregnancy, not abortion.
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Tara Shaver continued,
Abortion Free New Mexico has been on the frontlines of the battle for life in New Mexico since 2010. We urge New Mexicans of conscience to get involved, battles are not won on the sidelines. You are essential in helping to build a culture of life in our state. Let’s come together in a spirit of unity to stand together for our brothers and sisters in the womb. New Mexican values are rich in faith, family and tradition. Abortion is not normal, it is not healthcare and it is not a New Mexican value.”
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