Planned Parenthood Prematurely Blames Pro-Lifers for New Mexico Abortion Fire

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 11, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 11,

Albuquerque, NM ( — Planned Parenthood is blaming pro-life advocates for the fire at a New Mexico abortion center despite officials having no leads on who or what caused the blaze. The Abortion Acceptance Of New Mexico center caught fire late Thursday night but firefighters managed to douse the fire quickly enough to salvage the building.

There is no determination yet on what caused the blaze but arson officials are looking into the fire to determine if foul play was involved.

That officials haven’t implicated anyone or yet said what caused the fire hasn’t stopped Planned Parenthood from going after pro-life advocates.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards has made up her mind that pro-life advocates are at fault.

"The devastating fire … should serve as a powerful reminder of the violent and intimidating tactics that extremists use to obstruct women’s access to health care," she said in a press statement obtained.

"Planned Parenthood denounces this senseless attack. We call on everyone who cares about women’s health to join us in condemning these acts of violence," Richards added.

Though Planned Parenthood of New Mexico was not involved in the fire, Richards said the abortion facility "is monitoring the situation closely and has put in place additional security precautions for patients and staff."

The abortion center in question is run by Curtis Boyd, who has done abortions in New Mexico since 1972 and was involved in establishing the National Abortion Federation, a national trade group for abortion businesses.

Boyd’s wife, Glenna Halvorson-Boyd has served on NAF’s Board of directors and as the organization’s president for two years during the mid-1980s.

The abortion center does both surgical abortions and distributes the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 (mifepristone) that has killed thirteen women worldwide and injured more than 1,100 in the United States alone.

Women pay anywhere from $425 to $1,895 for an abortion depending on how far along the baby is in the pregnancy.

Abortion practitioner Bruce Ferguson runs an abortion center in the same office building as Boyd.