According to a video shared by the pro-life group Abortion on Trial (AOT), pro-life advocates were assaulted, illegally handcuffed, and detained by the Albuquerque Planned Parenthood security guard.
The group writes, “Last week in Albuquerque New Mexico a security guard at Planned Parenthood left the clinic’s private property to illegally handcuff and detain a peaceful pro-life advocate on the public sidewalk.”
“After witnesses opposed the action and reminded the guard he had no legal authority to handcuff people on the sidewalk the security guard forced the woman onto abortion clinic property, assaulting an 85-year-old man in the process. He then detained the woman at the back of the abortion clinic’s property, illegally, until police and AOT’s attorney arrived on scene and demanded her release.”
The group claims that not only was the use of force “overly aggressive,” but that “this was an illegal display of unauthorized force. This security guard had no legal right to cuff and detain the woman he found on public property.” AOT noted how he “did not even have the right to a [citizen’s] arrest under New Mexico law. This security guard was simply acting far beyond his legal authority.”
It appears that there may be litigation filed against the abortion chain, writing in a statement, “Planned Parenthood is responsible for who they hire and what those hired do while on the job. This event was unfounded, harmful, and illegal. We fully intend on holding this provider accountable for the harmful and illegal actions taken on their behalf.”
“Pro-life advocates on scene did a great job of doing what they could to de-escalate the situation and attorneys are now handling the situation,” AOT noted.
Watch a video of the encounter here: