Warning: Abortion clinics in NM a risky option

Warning: Abortion clinics in NM a risky option

Southwestern Women's Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque.

Warning: Abortion clinics in NM a risky option

A pro-life group in New Mexico is urging women not to come to their state for an abortion, warning that the abortuaries they'll find there are unsafe and unequipped for medical emergencies.

The story involves an abortion clinic in Albuquerque which terminates babies through all nine months of pregnancy. Elisa Martinez of New Mexico Alliance for Life knows full well that the later in the pregnancy, the more risks are involved in an abortion.

"We released a log of emergency transfers from this late-term abortion clinic, Boyd's Southwestern Women's Options, … to the University of New Mexico Hospital for emergency treatment for either serious medical complications or injury," she tells AFN.

That log documents 50 such ambulance transports since 2014. In fact, one patient, Keisha Atkins, died from sepsis in February 2017 and the hospital was not even notified until 12 hours after the infection became serious.

Martinez, Elisa (NM Alliance for Life) Martinez

With abortion clinics in New Mexico, as Martinez explains, it can be open season on women because the clinics are neither regulated nor inspected.

"We want everyone across the country, especially women in Texas, to be aware of the situation in New Mexico as they are seeking abortions here," she urges. "[The clinics] are unsafe here, they are unregulated, and they're not equipped to handle medical emergencies. Please do not come to New Mexico for an abortion."

The pro-lifer singles out Texas because abortions cannot be done there – at least not legally – after about six weeks into the pregnancy. Some women in Texas have been traveling into New Mexico or crossing the border into Mexico to terminate their unborn babies.