They’re Sending Women to This Blue State for Abortions, But Clinic There Just Injured Woman in Botched Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 11, 2022   |   4:16PM   |   Albuquerque, New Mexico

A New Mexico abortion facility where abortion activists are sending women from Texas and other pro-life states appears to have injured another woman in a botched abortion this week.

On Wednesday, a volunteer with Abortion Free New Mexico said they observed a woman being transported by ambulance from the UNM Center for Reproductive Health in Albuquerque.

The UNM Center, an off-campus abortion facility operated by the taxpayer-funded University of New Mexico, has a history of injuring mothers while killing their unborn babies, said Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico. The facility aborts unborn babies up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

“Abortion is not normal, is not safe, is not essential health care. Providing this barbaric act should be criminalized,” she said in response to the latest report.

Currently, Shaver said they do not know the woman’s condition, but they do plan to file a complaint with the local medical board. Her organization also documented serious “abortion injuries” at the abortion facility in 20092011 and 2016.

The university had to pay out a settlement this year in a botched aboriton death case. Lawyers for the late Keisha Atkins, who died along with her unborn baby after a late-term abortion in New Mexico, achieved a victory this spring when the University of New Mexico agreed to pay a settlement in the case.

She said they hope the latest report will raise awareness about how dangerous abortion really is, especially when the abortion industry is unregulated as it is in New Mexico. The state does not have any restrictions on abortion.

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According to the organization: “Since abortions are blind procedures and a woman’s uterus is thinned out to make room for a baby, abortion instruments can perforate the uterus or even the cervix. Sometimes during second trimester abortions when the abortionist is reaching in and pulling out the baby in pieces, a woman’s bodily organs can also be extracted which requires emergency surgery.”

However, the abortion industry frequently downplays the risks to pregnant mothers and hides botched abortions. Some even falsely claim abortions are safer than Tylenol.

In 2016, according to the pro-life watchdog organization Operation Rescue, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health stopped calling 911 when women suffered botched abortions to “ensure that no publicly accessible record would be created that might expose the frequency with which their patients require emergency life-saving care.”

Now, as abortion activists direct women to New Mexico from pro-life states like Texas where abortions are banned, pro-life advocates believe it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the dangers of abortion for women and babies in the womb.

“Abortion needs to be called out for what it is, the brutal dismemberment of children, and should be rejected by all,” Shaver said.

She continued: “It is unfortunate that New Mexicans continue to elect candidates who turn a blind eye to the fact that abortion harms women and kills innocent children in the womb. Every life should be cherished, and women deserve to know about the alternatives to abortion that won’t land them in the hospital with potential life threatening injuries.”

It is not clear how many women are traveling to New Mexico for abortions, but research indicates state abortion bans are stopping abortions and saving babies’ lives. New research this month estimates up to 10,000 unborn babies already have been saved from abortion since state pro-life laws went into effect this summer, and hundreds of thousands more are expected to be saved from death in the coming years.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, 13 states now are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and others are fighting in court to do the same.