Alleged gunman arrested in New Mexico for threatening pro-life activists

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A suspected gunman was arrested in New Mexico on Aug. 28 after he threatened to shoot two pro-life activists at a late term abortion clinic where he brought his daughter.

Operation Rescue reported on Tuesday that an unidentified man and his wife were accompanying their daughter to the Southwestern Women's Options clinic in Albuquerque, N.M. when the wife and daughter approached two pro-life women to discuss abortion alternatives.

The pro-life organization stated in a press release that the man become angry and moved his wife and daughter closer to the clinic, which is run by the abortionist Curtis Boyd. The man then told the two pro-life women: “When we come out, I'm going to put a bullet in your head if you talk to her.”

According to witnesses, the man then lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked into his trousers. The two women then immediately notified the police, who responded to the call at 9:11 a.m.

“The police responded appropriately and took him away in handcuffs,” said former Operation Rescue intern Bud Shaver. “They cleared Boyd's clinic to search for the gun SWAT style. Everyone, including staff, had to come out with their hands up.”

The clinic was then closed for two hours while police conducted an investigation. It is unknown whether the gun was retrieved by police or if charges have been brought against the man.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said on Aug. 31 that the organization was “thankful that no one was injured and that the police took appropriate action.”

“Violence against pro-lifers has become something that we have to guard against every day,” Newman added. “Those who reach out to women in front of abortion clinics should not be afraid to continue to do so, but should always have security and an awareness of their surroundings in mind.”

Concern over attacks on pro-life activists have increased since the death of Jim Pouillon in Owosso, Mich., who was shot to death outside of a local high school last year while holding an anti-abortion sign. Pouillon's killer later confessed that his disagreement with the pro-lifer's message incited the attack.

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