NM Abortion Facility that Hoped to Evade TX Law Shuts Down, Moves Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Las Cruces, NM – In an effort to evade Texas laws in 2014, the Texas-based Whole Women’s Health abortion chain established an abortion facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where abortion laws are virtually non-existent.

Now, after less than three years of intense prayer and outreach, the Coalition for Life of Las Cruces has announced that as of January 25, 2017, the abortion business has packed up their office, stripped the building of their signage, and moved out.

The Whole Women’s Health of Las Cruces is the third surgical abortion facility to close in the U.S. in 2017. It is also the third New Mexico abortion facility to shut down in the past six years.

After the 2013 enactment of Texas’ abortion facility licensing law, HB2, Whole Women’s Health and other abortion businesses were forced to shut down several of its Texas locations that failed to comply with the new law.

In an effort to recoup financial losses, Whole Women’s Health set up shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico, just over the state line from El Paso. In addition to taking advantage of lax regulation, the abortion business also referred minor girls from Texas across state lines to Las Cruces for abortions where they would not have to obtain parental consent, which is required in Texas.

It seemed like the perfect solution for the abortion chain – until pro-life activists got wind of their plans.

Pastors Manny and Grace Lardizabal of Albuquerque immediately led a prayer team to Las Cruces and covered the community and border area with prayer. When they showed up at the facility on its announced first day of business, the facility had failed to open.

Operation Rescue, working with New Mexico activists Bud and Tara Shaver and Martha Beasley, and others discovered that the Las Cruces abortion facility had later quietly opened through what appeared to be deception and in violation of zoning laws. However, the City of Las Cruces ignored the zoning issues and allowed the abortion facility to remain open.

Local activists with the Coalition for Life of Las Cruces banded together and maintained a large and powerful presence at the Whole Women’s Health, which likely contributed to the decision to close the facility. The group promised in a written statement to remain vigilant and prevent any other abortion facility from opening in that community.

“Financial issues drove Whole Women’s Health into New Mexico, and it is likely that financial issues also drove them out,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Abortion numbers are down and the border area is over-saturated with abortion facilities after the courts allowed two El Paso abortion businesses to reopen a couple of years ago. There just isn’t enough demand for abortions, which in itself is an answer to prayer.”

Operation Rescue congratulates everyone who worked and prayed for the closure of the Las Cruces abortion business. Prayers have been answered!

  • Kathy Forck

    God is so good!

  • mathis1689

    The more abortion clinics aka baby murdering facilities are shut down the better!

  • blackyb

    Corporations are taking over the care of the elderly and the elderly are suffering mightily. They kill the helpless. The babies and the sick, old and weak, especially those with dementia who cannot tell the neglect and horrific conditions in which they live. This really needs addressing as well. Those investigating go into these places to see if the regulations are in place and do not stay there to observe.

  • kennyadler

    I live in Chaparral NM, situated between El Paso and Las Cruces. I had no idea what was going on. All I can say is THANK YOU to the prayer warriors that stood for our community! May our Lord Jesus bless you all!

  • Momma Beth

    Praise the Lord!

  • Shelley

    I am a nurse and you are right. I have walked in rooms where the patient had dementia and find three aids looking at the video of the party that they went to over the weekend. When I complained nothing happened. There are many more stories, but nothing is going to change. The fact is nursing homes have to have a certain number of CNAS on the floor or they get fined. Most people who do this work don’t care about the patient. I am not saying all, but the ones that do care get burned out and leave because they are fighting a losing battle. It also does not matter how much you pay when the condition of your family member does not have family every day visiting and surprise visits during the night

  • cranemaker

    Another one bites the dust! Wonderful!

  • Jim Moriarty

    Deo Gratias!!! The babies are safe(for now):-)))

  • Suzu M

    I have a story about nursing homes, too. I probably shouldn’t share here.
    It makes me want to start a nursing home ‘ministry’. One nursing home said I wouldn’t be able to do it for insurance reasons.
    Another person said, “of COURSE you’re allowed to do it and they would WELCOME your help.”

  • Suzu M

    HOWEVER, we are now being blamed for preventing places like PP from offering health care to women, because we keep shutting them down because they can’t afford to stay open. So it’s OUR fault. Mmm no. I read that many PP’s still do abortions, just not the health care.

  • wiggles

    remember abortions are not health care, there are plenty of community health centers that actually provide health care

  • Bob Hills

    Does anyone really care about what we are being blamed for. It is
    only important that the cockroaches have removed.

  • Suzu M

    True, we shouldn’t care. However, it is frustrating about the LIES the public puts out which encourages women to believe we are out to get them. It would be MORE correct to say, We want to get them OUT! We don’t want them hurt, spiritually, physically, or mentally.

  • Suzu M

    Correct. But the little, very little, they DO, is being dropped because ‘they can’t afford it’, while they CONTINUE doing the more expensive procedures like abortion.
    But anyway, the public hears ONE THING and one thing only, it seems.

  • Suzu M

    Of course, I think we can safely assume, they will go underground. Probably making arrangements right now! Are there any empty buildings in your town? Perhaps start watching whether people suddenly start going in and out of them. I wouldn’t be surprised to find they are setting up secret shops.

  • I doubt it very much. There is even LESS money in underground facilities. Besides, why go under gound in the first place when you already operate in a place with no restrictions? It makes no sense.

  • Suzu M

    I think they will merely ‘play dead’. We’ve already seen the abortionist who operated out of his trunk! He certainly wasn’t legal. He was aborting ‘underground’. Thankfully, he got CAUGHT! ouch.

  • mathis1689

    I live in a very rural area so I don’t think that we’ll see much of them around here.

  • Bob Hills

    You cannot fix stupid

  • Bob Hills

    Oh yeah,that’s right, good work

  • Bob Hills

    You must read a lot of books

  • Bob Hills

    Yes, I see people going into and out of empty buildings all the time.

  • Bob Hills

    Great analysis

  • Suzu M

    SPEAKING OF STAYING TO OBSERVE. Yes, while MY mom was in the hospital, a family member was there as much as possible. We could see the strange ways she was acting. But when a STAFF member came in, Mom seemed more alert and acted pretty fine! We felt like the staff was not ‘hearing’ us or not quite believing us, when we shared they symptoms we were seeing. Finally, the case manager slipped off to the side of the room and just stood silently observing for about a 1/2 hour. Mom, (who wasn’t aware anyone else was in the room) began acting up again, just like we said. WELL! THAT changed EVERYTHING. She was immediately put on 24 hour watch. I was never more thankful than when that case manager made the decision to STAY. I applaud her!

  • Suzu M

    Due to the nature of an acquaintance’s public service, HE was called into to fix something in one of those ‘EMPTY’ ‘DESERTED’ buildings. When he got there, there were ARMED government GUARDS inside, but outside locked doors. We know that was a government thing, but…
    You gotta wonder….
    why couldn’t abortionist, like PP, do the same thing? It would be quite easy…
    So…maybe we can all commit to keeping our eyes open.
    Laws do need to be upheld, and the criminals and those using their ‘services’, certainly won’t be the ones that will do it.
    I hope I’m wrong…but it makes sense to me.

  • Suzu M


  • Suzu M

    Not while people are under the teachings of social manipulators, eh? Even UNEDITED VIDEOS do not seem to convince them. They are told that the videos have been ‘heavily’ edited and they believe it, because they WANT to believe it. They WANT to believe WE are evil. It’s sad.
    How can people who are trying to SAVE women and babies, be considered evil? sigh.