Abortion Clinics in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2022 edition)

Are you pregnant and searching for an abortion clinic in New Mexico? If so, you have come to the right place. This page will highlight all women’s health centers available in the Albuquerque area, so you can make the best possible decision for you.

We know how difficult times like this can be. You may be scared. You may feel alone. We are here to help you. That’s why we’ve spent hours researching this topic to present the most accurate data for you, especially after the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022.

Disclaimer: We do not represent a crisis pregnancy center. We do not represent any of the women’s health centers listed below. We don’t represent Planned Parenthood, or a national non-profit. We are an independent resource with no financial incentives to push you in one way or another. We simply want to present the best available data in the most transparent way possible.

I’m pregnant, what do I do next?

First, take a deep breath. We know this may be a difficult time for you. If you just discovered that you are pregnant in the Central New Mexico area, you have three options:

  • You can keep the fetus and raise the baby on your own or with a partner
  • You can decide keep the baby and put it for adoption after giving birth (learn more). You can also learn more about a concept called an open adoption.
  • You can have an abortion

Each decision in front of you is irreversible. We recommend consulting close friends and family about this decision if possible. This is a very emotional time for you, and we always recommend getting an outside perspective.

The ultimate list of clinics in Albuquerque

We compiled as many pregnancy centers and abortion clinics we could find in the area. You can see the entire list below:

1. Care Net Pregnancy Centers

According to their website, The Care Net Pregnancy Centers is a non-profit charity comprised of a group of local pregnancy resource centers in the greater Albuquerque metro area.

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Their centers offer free and confidential services for women of all ages that include the following:

  • free pregnancy testing
  • free ultrasounds
  • free STI testing
  • care after an abortion

If you are early in your pregnancy journey and want to collect data to make a decision, you can visit their website and schedule a free appointment.

2. Women’s Pregnancy Options

According to their website, Women’s Pregnancy Options’ trained advocates help you understand your pregnancy options as well as offer emotional support, without judgment or pressure. They believe you have a right to make an informed choice, and they give you medical information about abortion, pregnancy, fetal development, and sexual health.

Services provided:

  • Free laboratory-quality pregnancy tests by a licensed nurse
  • Free obstetric ultrasounds. Their nurses are trained to perform these ultrasounds only to confirm intrauterine pregnancy, gestational age, and cardiac activity.
  • Clothing & food assistance

If you’d like to learn more, you can visit their website and schedule a free appointment.

3. Southwestern Women’s Options

Also based in Albuquerque, you can find Southwestern Women’s Options. Curtis Boyd, M.D. has been providing abortions in New Mexico since June 1972, shortly after abortion services were legalized in New Mexico.

Clinic location

Services provided:

  • Fetal indications program
  • Non-Diagnostic Ultrasounds (Sizing Only)
  • Abortions through 32 weeks: late-term abortions after 32 weeks on a case by case basis (the cost varies)
  • Medical abortions via telemedicine

You can learn more about the clinic here.

4. UNM Health

According to their website, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health team is experienced in basic and complex birth control, family planning, and abortion and miscarriage care.

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Services provided:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Miscarriage care
  • Vasectomies for men
  • Early pregnancy complications
  • Abortions up to 23 weeks (for those under 11 weeks, you can choose a procedural or medical abortion)

If you’d like to learn more, you can visit their website.

5. Planned Parenthood

Finally, Planned Parenthood has two locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have a health center (learn more) and a surgical center (learn more).

Services provided:

  • Ultrasounds (unlike other providers who offer this for free, the cost at PPH is $100)
  • Abortion Pill (up to 11 weeks, cost will be $560)
  • Surgical abortion (up to 19 weeks)

You can learn more about here.

Controversy with UNM and Women’s Health Options

According to a story published in May 2022 in the Albuquerque Journal, there’s a bit of controversy surrounding the death of 23-year-old Keisha Atkins. Read more below:

For that, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and a private late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque agreed to pay her estate a total of $1.26 million in exchange for the dismissal of a politically charged wrongful death/medical malpractice lawsuit, according to state and court records obtained by the Journal.

UNM, which state records show paid $365,000 of the total, was accused of negligently referring Atkins to the private Southwestern Women’s Options clinic near downtown Albuquerque after she was deemed ineligible for an elective abortion at UNM’s Center for Reproductive Health.

Southwestern Women’s Options, founded by Dr. Curtis Boyd, agreed via a court mediation to settle for $900,000 the claims that its subsequent treatment of Atkins fell below the standard of care and was negligent, court records show.

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We recommend you do your own homework with these centers.

What is the difference between a medical abortion and a surgical abortion?

Medical abortions are abortions that are induced by taking medication (the abortion pill), while surgical abortions are abortions that are induced by having a surgery.

One difference between medical and surgical abortions is that medical abortions can be done earlier in a pregnancy than surgical abortions. Medical abortions can be done up to 11 weeks into a pregnancy, while surgical abortions can be done much later into a pregnancy.

Anything else I should know about Albuquerque?

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is the 32nd most populous city in the United States. It is the seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, the state’s flagship university. Albuquerque is also the site of Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. The city has a population of 550,000 people and is ethnically diverse, with a large Hispanic population.

Albuquerque is known for its mild climate, beautiful sunsets, and its vibrant arts scene. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center