ALBUQUERQUE — An undercover investigation conducted by a prominent pro-life organization has resulted in the discovery that a hotel in Albuquerque has been partnering with a local abortion facility to provide discounts to those who obtain late-term abortions.
Live Action released a video exposing the connection this week, providing audio of a telephone call to both Southwestern Women’s Options and Plaza Inn to confirm the matter. The undercover female caller posed as seeking a 25-week (6 month) abortion.
“It looks like we can do this for you, but it will be a week-long procedure,” the receptionist explains. “But we have a hotel that we work in conjunction with that gives room rates to our patients, and they also will pick you up at the airport.”
“They will bring you back and forth to all your appointments, and they will take you back to the airport again, and that’s all free of charge,” she continued. “And they’re called the Plaza Inn.”
The video then cuts to a phone call to Plaza Inn to obtain further information.
“I just had some questions about discounted rates for patients of Southwestern Women’s Options,” the woman tells the receptionist.
“Uh-huh,” the receptionist replies. “$49 plus tax.”
“[W]hoever answers the phone, you just let them know that you’re coming in with Southwestern Women’s Options and they’ll give you the discounted rate!” she exclaims happily.
The undercover investigator also schedules an appointment at Southwestern Women’s Options to see what she would be told in regard to obtaining a late-term abortion. A nurse in the video advises that if she happens to go into labor while staying at the hotel, that she should call the abortion facility right away, and sit on the toilet and wait.
“[Y]ou’ll want to unlock the door to your hotel room, get your cell phone and just sit on the toilet,” she explains. “You don’t have to look at anything. You don’t have to clean anything up or nothing.”
“What if it does come out while I’m on the toilet?” the woman asks.
“Just—You don’t gotta look down. You don’t gotta do anything. The doctor and nurse will come take care of you,” the nurse replies. “If you feel like it’s too much to see any of it, then do not let yourself look at it.”
“It’s already horrifying that Albuquerque has a traveling circus of doctors who fly in and massacre late-term, viable, pain-capable babies,” Live Action President Lila Rose told reporters. “And now we know that ‘cottage industries’ are springing up to aid and abet these people in their multi-thousand-dollar child-killing business.”
“How many other hotels—in Albuquerque and across the nation—are profiting from these gruesome procedures?” she asked. “How many are offering discounts for death?”
On Tuesday, residents in Albuquerque will vote on a 20-week late-term abortion ban, which would end most—but not all—late-term abortions at Southwest Women’s Options.
“By 8 weeks after fertilization, the unborn child reacts to touch. After 20 weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult human,” the proposed statute states. “Consequently, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier.”
Therefore, “the abortion shall not be performed or attempted, if the probable post-fertilization age … of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater,” it outlines, providing exceptions for the life and health of the mother.
As Albuquerque is considered the late-term abortion capital of the nation, many pro-life groups are working toward the passage of the legislation.