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Sun Jan 29, 2017, 02:05 AM

Abortion clinic closes doors in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES — An abortion clinic that opened in late 2014 in Las Cruces has closed its doors.

A receptionist for Whole Woman's Health, the multi-state organization that opened the clinic, confirmed in a call Thursday that the clinic was closed. A spokesperson for the organization couldn't be reached for comment Thursday or Friday. Pro-choice advocates expressed disappointment about the closure, saying it means decreased access for women seeking abortions. And pro-life supporters held a celebration Friday at the former clinic's East Lohman Avenue site to mark the closure.

The clinic was one of two in Doņa Ana County; the second, operated by a different company, remains open in Santa Teresa.

Pro-life supporters, who regularly demonstrate on a sidewalk near the former clinic's East Lohman Avenue location, said the clinic seemed to have closed several weeks ago. But it also had closed temporarily for a stint in 2016, so they weren't sure if it was a permanent closure. But in recent days, signs on the building disappeared.

Read more: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/01/27/abortion-clinic-closes-doors-las-cruces/97144560/

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TexasTowelie Jan 2017 OP
duhneece Feb 2017 #1
TexasTowelie Feb 2017 #2
duhneece Feb 2017 #3
TexasTowelie Feb 2017 #4
duhneece Feb 2017 #5
Alice11111 Mar 2017 #6
TexasTowelie Mar 2017 #7

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2017, 09:27 PM

1. Damn, sorry to hear of this.

From here in Alamogordo, I'm glad our women don't have to go to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, but I'm still sad to see one of the two closer clinics close. We had our fourth annual 'We Trust Women Roe v Wade Commemoration Sunday this year because we all went to Las Cruces for the Women's March. Next year, maybe you can make a trip of it and join us. We have it on the Saturday before or after or right on the date of Roe v Wade's ruling. Start planning a trip to Alamogordo and White Sands or Cloudcroft or Ruidoso or......

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Response to duhneece (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2017, 10:03 PM

2. At this point I would be happy to go almost anywhere.

I've been stuck in Wharton, Texas for about 3 years with the only exceptions being to attend hearings related to my Social Security disability claim and to the Richmond/Rosenberg area 30 miles away to watch an occasional football game, eat at a restaurant or taking care of technical parts for my computer. I'm hoping to make it to my 30th college reunion this fall, but that isn't certain at this point either. The last time that I've seen any of my friends was in April 2014.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 6, 2017, 12:14 AM

3. Too broke?

Where are your friends?

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Response to duhneece (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 6, 2017, 01:47 AM

4. I don't have any friends that live within nearly 150 miles of me and I rarely speak with anyone on

the phone anymore. I'm bipolar and diabetic, plus I was a sedentary office worker so I also have physical stamina issues. Social Security, the workforce commission and my psychiatrist recognize that I'm disabled, but I don't meet the requirements to qualify for disability. I attempted suicide in 2014 and was hospitalizated a few months later. After the suicide attempt they could not find a psychiatric hospital to place me at so I was released to a homeless shelter.

I used to be an insurance stat analyst and computer programmer, but I had a nervous breakdown because I was working 75-80 hours per week on a frequent basis for extended periods of time. My employer canned me in 2010 because I wasn't able to handle the job demands anymore and my weight dropped to as low as 117 pounds (I'm 6'1". The jobs that Social Security suggested are menial in nature and the only way that I could work any of them is to live in a homeless shelter in an urban area. I wouldn't be able to make enough income to ever regain any sense of independence and the first $1,000/month that I earn would be offset dollar to dollar with the medical care provided by indigent care programs. I would need to earn at least $20,000 per year and have medical insurance to clear out my past debts and make it worth being employed again.

I still have intelligent thoughts and creative ideas, but there are no opportunities to prove myself in the small town where I live and I'm considered to either be over-qualified, too specialized or my skills are obsolete (e.g. 2nd generation programming languages). I was a productive employee that had a significant impact (billions) on the economy when I worked for the state and I also made my employer millions when I worked in the private sector. My working career called for a certain level of cynicism so I certainly have my grudges against the system now that I need help and kicked to the curb.

With the exception of taking care of the cats, being on the computer and listening to music there aren't many things that provide any happiness to me. The disrespect from my family has hit the hardest and affected my confidence, but I'm the one that chose to rarely contact my friends anymore since most of them do not respond to me when I call or even send a text message. I've decided to leave them alone so I don't make them feel depressed since the help that I need would be more than they can provide. My social involvement is down to the occasional trip to the grocery store on my bike and going to medical appointments; otherwise, I'm a recluse.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 6, 2017, 08:18 AM

5. Do you live in Alb or Santa Fe?

Are you in a homeless shelter now? Most families lack the knowledge or compassion to deal with your issues, sadly, and we fund behavioral health so poorly, nationwide, but especially in New Mexico. How old are you?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 01:44 AM

6. Well, Texas, you do a lot of good work here. Putting

Positive energy in the universe is the purpose of life, as far as I'm concerned. You do that.

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Response to Alice11111 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 01:49 AM

7. Thank you so much for the compliment.

DU is a place where I feel useful.

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