Residents, businesses get graphic cards about clinic

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A UNM medical clinic that performs abortions has moved and anti-abortion protesters have followed.

The protesters have also sent graphic postcards to residents and business owners near the clinic warning that their neighborhood is about to become a lot less desirable.

“Abortion is bad business,” protesters said.

Restaurant and hotel owners in this area of Yale near the Sunport are worried after getting a postcard in the mail that read, “Warning, UNM abortion clinic is moving into your neighborhood!”

On the back, it lists new problems to expect in the area like lots of ambulances and a surge in crime and disruptions like protests featuring graphic images of abortions.

“It is just not a good look for Albuquerque as a whole to have tourists come off the airplane and see hundreds and hundreds of people picketing on your main stretch of street about abortion and pro-life,” a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said.

He said the postcard is the first he heard of this clinic.

“As a neighborhood leader, we are not against the abortion clinic, but we are against where they are putting the abortion clinic,” he said.

Project Defending Life is the anti-abortion group behind the postcards.

“It is more educational and informative,” said Tara Shaver with Project Defending Life. “It is not meant to scare anyone. It is to shed light on what is coming for their community.”

It is actually already here at the Commerce Center on Yale.

UNM said its Center for Reproductive Health made the move last weekend from the heights after two years of planning to move closer to the hospital.

UNM released a statement saying in part, “All UNM clinics, including the Center for Reproductive Health, are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to our patients, and we are committed to being good neighbors.”

A spokesperson also said the idea that the clinic will be a magnet for crime is not true.

In addition to abortions up to 22 weeks, the clinic offers many services, including prenatal and well woman care, something some neighbors said they want in their area, describing the post cards as nothing more than a scare tactic.

Project Defending Life was very vocal in support of the proposal, rejected by voters last November, to ban late-term abortions in Albuquerque.

Among other things, the group parked a moving billboard displaying graphic images near schools being used as voting centers.

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