ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A graphic anti-abortion sign, set up blocks from an Albuquerque elementary school, has some parents upset but the group behind it is not apologizing. The large poster popped up near the intersection of Lomas and Edith in front of Southwestern Women’s Options, the only late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, on Tuesday.
The group behind it, ABQ Protest, said they’ve put it up there several days a month for about two years. However, that intersection sits only four blocks away from Longfellow Elementary. Some parents told KRQE News 13 they try to avoid that intersection to avoid the poster.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate so close to the school,” Linda Trujillo said.
Tara Shaver, with ABQ Protest, is not offering any apologies.
“Well the billboard is not directly in front of the school. That’s not our targeted audience,” Shaver said. “I would think the more valid concern is what’s happening so close to the school.”
Shaver’s group thinks late-term abortion should be against the law. She said they have not received any major complaints about the graphic poster before.
However, after a picture of their protest was posted on the Facebook page of “Inhabitants of Burque.” it received nearly 1,500 comments by Wednesday afternoon. Some comments are in support of the poster, saying that it’s a message everyone should see. But, most said they did want it put up near kids. Jhvanay Ramirez said he didn’t want his nephew, who attends Longfellow Elementary, to see it.
“I think it’s too strong for kids,” Ramirez said.
“Again, it’s not our intention for kids to see the images,” Shaver said. “It provides a great opportunity for education.”
Parents, News 13 spoke with, said it’s a lesson they are not ready to teach their children.
“When I have a granddaughter, who’s only nine, I don’t think she understands the morale issues or the implications of questions that she asks,” Trujillo said.
Shaver said they plan on putting up the sign again. Some people were asking if the city could censor it. The city told News 13 it’s free speech and there’s nothing they can do about it.