Statewide Demonstration July 19 at New Las Cruces Site of Mississippi Facility Behind Dobbs Decision
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(July 15, 2022 – Las Cruces, New Mexico) A surprise is awaiting the abortion facility at the center of the United States Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, due to the efforts of New Mexico pro-life advocates. As the Mississippi abortion business owned by Diane Derzis has closed down and prepares to open under a different name in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Southwest Coalition for Life is prepared for its arrival and will hold a pro-life demonstration drawing state and national speakers on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the site of the yet to open abortion center. Mark Cavaliere, CEO of the Southwest Coalition for Life, promises a surprise announcement at the rally, one that will directly impact Derzis’ business potential.
“Abortion is not healthcare,” stated Cavaliere. “The governor of New Mexico is continuing to push the same antiquated 1970s narrative of Roe vs Wade, which for 50 years has been telling women what to do with their bodies – that a woman needs to alter, suppress, and destroy the normal, healthy functions of her natural body through traumatic chemical abortion pills and invasive surgeries, in order to be successful. After 50 years of medical advancements in women’s healthcare, we know that destroying any part of a woman’s body is not healthcare nor is it an advancement of women’s rights.”
The July 19 rally, said Cavaliere, is intended to help galvanize and direct citizens with specific actions to help turn the tide against this injustice, to protect women and children of the Southwest region of the country.
The executive director of Derzis’ Mississippi abortion business, Shannon Brewer, announced that they selected Las Cruces for their new abortion center “because of its proximity to Texas,” making no secret of the company’s intent to draw women from across the state line to sell them abortions. Derzis registered in June 2022 with the state of New Mexico as the Las Cruces Women’s Health Organization, Inc. and has secured a building for the new abortion facility. These actions have prompted an immediate response from the Southwest Coalition for Life.
WHAT: Emergency Pro-Life Rally in Las Cruces, New Mexico
WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
WHERE: Register for address of abortion center and rally
WHO: Pro-lifers from across NM, TX, Mississippi, and beyond
- David Bereit, Founder & Former CEO, 40 Days for Life
- Leah Jacobson, CEO, The National Guiding Star Project
- Mark Lee Dickson, Founder, Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn
- Terri Herring, President, Choose Life: Jackson, Mississippi
- The Honorable David Gallegos, New Mexico State Senator, District 41, Eunice, NM
- Michael Seibel, Lead Attorney, Abortion on Trial, Albuquerque
- The Very Reverend Alejandro Reyes, Rector, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces
- Dominique Davis, Executive Director, Project Defending Life, Albuquerque
- Mark Cavaliere, CEO, Southwest Coalition for Life, El Paso & Las Cruces
“This is about empowering women on the new frontlines of post-Roe America to avoid being exploited by the abortion industry for profit,” emphasized Cavaliere. “Women and children are already being harmed in record numbers in New Mexico, and now our state is becoming the abortion destination for the nation, with some elected officials working to actually promote ‘abortion tourism.’ But the people of New Mexico are taking a stand to say not in our backyard, and not on our watch, because women deserve better than abortion.”
“Additionally, New Mexico is now becoming the ‘back-alley abortion clinic’ for the entire state of Texas,” Cavaliere added. He pointed to reports that two of Texas’ largest abortion vendors are planning to move their operations to New Mexico and to a California-based tele-health abortion business that is expanding its New Mexico operations.
Southwest Coalition for Life also operates Her Care Connection, a medical ultrasound bus and professional outreach program offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and women-centered support without shame or judgement to mothers and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy. The Coalition has also merged with Guiding Star El Paso to provide comprehensive, life-affirming, and wholistic women’s healthcare focused on fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting.
About Southwest Coalition for Life
Southwest Coalition for Life is focused on uniting the pro-life community of El Paso and Southern New Mexico to work together in actively building a culture of life across the Southwest. This full-time, innovative, and highly focused organization has been called one the most impactful regional efforts in the nation, dedicated to the mission of seeing the entire Southwest region become abortion free – by helping moms be heroes and connecting women to the free, quality, and life-affirming care she needs to choose life. For more information visit www.southwest.life.