By Cheryl Sullenger
Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH) abortion clinic is being forced out of its long-time location at 1701 Moon St. due to a pro-life presence that has ramped up in recent weeks. March 25 is scheduled to be the clinic’s last day at that location.
Recently, Project Defending Life launched its new PROTEST ABQ campaign that focuses on the UNMCRH where medical students from the UNM School of Medicine are trained to do abortions up to 22 weeks. PDL and Operation Rescue had previously exposed a series of botched abortions that required the emergency hospitalization of several UNMCRH patients.
The increased focus has had the effect of driving out the abortion clinic. According to Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life a “trusted source” informed them that the move was directly related to the increased pro-life protest led by Bud Shaver.
“Their exact words to our source were, ‘We are moving our location because we are being protested,’” said Tara Shaver.
“This is a huge victory for this neighborhood,” Tara Shaver continued. “Due to Bud’s faithful public presence over the past 3 years, neighborhood residents often voiced their shock and dismay to Bud once they realized that an abortion clinic was killing children each day in their neighborhood. Their question to Bud was often, ‘How can we get this abortion clinic out of our neighborhood?’ Well, PROTEST ABQ has proven to be the answer.”
Last year, the UNMCRH failed to renew their lease and began renting month to month in anticipation of a move, but it was not until the launch of PROTEST ABQ that the clinic sought a new location in earnest.
The abortion facility is scheduled to re-open at their new office located at 2301 Yale Boulevard SE, Building E, in Albuquerque on April 1.
PDL will hold a press conference outside the UNMCRH’s new location on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. (MDT) to announce efforts to prevent the abortion clinic from relocating.
“This baby killing mill is scheduled to open April 1st. We can keep this mill from opening!” said Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, founder of PROTEST ABQ. “The only thing that will allow this mill to change locations and open here is…apathy from the people of ABQ. If the people rise up the way they did for the petition last summer and the referendum, this mill will not open! We need to Protest ABQ and we need to do it now. Join us at the press conference at the new location this Tuesday! All are welcome”
“Because the UNMCRH is training abortionists who will eventually work at abortion clinics all over the country, this move is of national concern,” noted Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We urge everyone possible to contact those who intend to lease to the UNMCRH and ask them not to do business with the abortion clinic.”
The public is asked to respectfully contact the UNM Medical Group and voice opposition to the UNM Center For Reproductive Health’s new abortion clinic location at 2301 Yale Blvd SE Building E.
Please contact Al Montano: 505-247-0444 and the UNM Medical Group BEFORE April 1st at this number: 505-272-3203.