Sept. 2014 Newsletter: “Never Grow Weary in Doing What’s Right”

Sept. 2014 Newsletter: “Never Grow Weary in Doing What’s Right”


In 2009-2010 while working as interns with Operation Rescue, Bud and I worked on various projects. One of those was to compile an accurate updated list of free standing abortion clinics in the US, you can access this data at This project revealed that over 70% of abortion clinics have closed since 1991.  While compiling this data, Tara called a Planned Parenthood in Iowa and discovered “telemed abortions.”

Telemed abortion is a process where dangerous abortion pills are dispensed via teleconferencing hook-up. An abortionist sits in front of a webcam and pushes a button to electronically open a drawer in the faraway clinic containing the drugs. A licensed physician never physically examines the woman at anytime.

Operation Rescue did their part in alerting authorities in Iowa and things started happening to change the law there. Shortly after this discovery we went to Iowa and during an interview that I did with Iowa Public Radio Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) revealed that expanding medical abortions into every Planned Parenthood clinic in the country through the use of the “telemed abortion” scheme was part of PPFA’s Strategic Plan for 2015.  This according to Operation Rescue would have represented the, “largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade.” We had no idea where this research would lead but as a result 13 other states have subsequently restricted telemed abortions.

Read about the latest victories in our September Newsletter by clicking HERE…and be encouraged with us as we reflect upon Galatians 6:9- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Listen to the interview Tara did with Iowa Public Radio and listen to Planned Parenthood reveal their PPFA’s Strategic Plan for 2015 here: Planned Parenthood Reveals 5-Year Plan To Expand Abortion Through Use Of Telemed Scheme (Click on the media player halfway through the article to listen to the interview)

Read more about Telemed Abortions here: Special Report: ‘Telemed Abortions’ Endanger Women and Drive Up Insurance Costs

VICTORY: Judge Upholds Iowa Webcam Abortion Ban Regulations


Thank you for your continued prayers, support and encouragement! We are so blessed and humbled by all of our partners in this ministry to save lives here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Keep our efforts in your prayers as we continue to move forward to end abortion in New Mexico…to God alone be the glory!

For more information visit and like our Facebook page, “Protest ABQ

Because of Christ we stand,
Bud and Tara Shaver
Pro-Life Missionaries

“Seek the well being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well being you shall find your own.“ Jeremiah 29:7

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P.O. Box 50351 Albuquerque, NM 87181

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Tax Funded Abortions on the Rise in New Mexico While Overall Abortions on the Decline

Tax Funded Abortions on the Rise in New Mexico While Overall Abortions on the Decline


By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM — Since 2008, New Mexico’s abortion rate has been on a steady decline. This is great news in a state where abortions are performed through all nine months of pregnancy without restriction. However, that news is tempered by the fact that abortions funded by tax dollars are on the rise.

According to New Mexico vital statistics, 3,134 abortions were performed in 2012, a significant decrease of 2,002 abortions from 2008 figures when 5,136 abortions were performed. This represents a 39 percent decrease in abortions over a five-year period.

This overall reduction in abortion can be attributed to public outreach through ministries like Project Defending Life, whose efforts include prayer and protests at local abortion clinics and serving women when they choose not to abort. Also, education has played a big role in decreasing abortion at a city level in Albuquerque, home to 3 of the 5 remaining abortion clinics in the state, through church outreach and a steady stream of local media coverage of abortion injuries and the lack of clinical oversight.

“When the community at large knows how precarious abortions are and when women themselves know the risks involved, women choose not to pursue an abortion. Since New Mexico has adopted no common-sense legislation regarding abortion, all of the successes must be attributed to those who faithfully work day in and day out to end abortions one woman and child at a time,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

While overall abortion numbers have decreased, tax funded abortions through New Mexico Medicaid saw a 20 percent increase over the previous year’s numbers. New Mexico is one of 15 states to fully fund abortions, not using any federal funds but state funds. This forces everyday citizens to foot the bill for dangerous and deadly abortions.

In 2013, 811 abortions were billed to the state, costing taxpayers $160,007.51.

The largest portion of these abortions was performed at the state’s late term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options where the very latest of abortions are done. SWO employs Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella who reside in California; their net income in 2013 from New Mexico Medicaid was $74,770.78 for performing 335 abortions.

The University of New Mexico performed 126 Medicaid funded abortions in 2013, which cost taxpayers $24,729.65.

Protest ABQ has prepared the chart that details the amounts paid to abortion providers in New Mexico for abortions in 2013.

Click Here To View Chart

Each year that goes by without any action from the state’s legislature and Governor, out-of-state abortionists will continue to bilk New Mexico taxpayers while evading their own state’s laws that prohibit the very abortion procedures that are so profitable for them in New Mexico. This is just another way New Mexico has become the “go to” place for extremely late abortions, drawing not only out-of-state abortionists but also women seeking abortions beyond the legal limits in their home states.

This report is being published one week after members of Protest ABQ met with Governor Susana Martinez, once again urging her to reign in the out of control and unregulated abortion industry that is costing tax payers big money in New Mexico.

Protest ABQ is leading the charge to protect life and is calling on pro-life groups to join us for a National Call to Action involving national protests against abortion, culminating with a National Strike on January 22, 2015.

“We need to stand up and ‘protest’ to bring about the end of pre-born child killing. . .peacefully but protest! Until all those who oppose pre-born child killing are willing to go into the streets in ‘protest’ of what we know is wrong and unless we are willing to call and enact a ‘national strike’ to end the child killing, this will all remain legal,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato Founder of Protest ABQ.

Note: The video in this story was made in 2011 and revealed at that time that New Mexico taxpayers were being forced to foot the bill for expensive late-term abortions on babies with Down Syndrome. This practice not only continues today, but is on the increase.

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Pro-Life Missionaries: Redefining the “American Mission Field”

Pro-Life Missionaries: Redefining the “American Mission Field”


Tara and I met at a Bible College in Texas where God gave us a heart for the mission field. Tara spent a year in Nottingham, England and I (Bud) was ordained and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Missions. I spent an additional 6 months in an Advanced Missions program where my concentration was on “domestic” missions. Tara and I married shortly after Tara returned from England and since then we have worked in full-time pastoral ministry, traveled the country for a year with Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust visiting over 180 high schools and colleges across the country educating our peers about the injustice of abortion, and spent a year in Wichita, Kansas as interns for Operation Rescue (OR) where we learned the most effective and proven strategies for ending abortion! After our year as interns for OR our mission field became Albuquerque, New Mexico due to the fact that our research revealed that it was…the Abortion Capital of the Southwest and the Late-Term Abortion Capital of America.

We moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010 (by invitation of Project Defending Life) to expose and fight the radical abortion agenda entrenched in this state. As Pro-Life missionaries, we have redefined the “American Mission Field” by moving to Albuquerque one of the darkest cities in our country, a city WORLD Magazine labeled, “New Mexico’s city of death” to proclaim the power of the risen savior, Jesus Christ, and end Abortion…our generation’s greatest injustice!

Our tireless work, groundbreaking research, and implementation of proven strategies has launched Albuquerque, New Mexico into the national spotlight! 

Our efforts as Pro-Life Missionaries have been featured in virtually EVERY major news source in the country:

CNN, Albuquerque: New path for abortion opponents

MSNBC, The new frontier of the abortion wars

The Associated Press (AP), Albuquerque vote targets late-term abortion clinic

The New York Times, Albuquerque Becomes Latest Focal Point in Abortion Wars

The Washington Times, Abortion battle goes local in New Mexico as Albuquerque votes on 20-week ban

Los Angeles Times, Albuquerque becomes latest abortion battlefield

TIME, Albuquerque Abortion Battle Gains National Attention

Bloomberg, Abortion Battle Goes Local From Fairfax to Albuquerque

Talking Points Memo, Albuquerque’s Anti-Abortion Activists Unfazed After 20-Week Ban Defeat

The Associated Press (AP), Anti-abortion groups to fight on after NM defeat

The Wall Street Journal, Albuquerque Voters Reject Bid to Ban Late-Term Abortions

VICE- The New Face of the Anti-Abortion Movement

National Review, Defending Life in the Desert: The fight against late-term abortions is being pursued on the local level in Albuquerque.

WORLD Magazine, New Mexico’s ‘dirty little secret’

BREITBART: NM Gov. Susana Martinez’s Campaign Strategist Calls Pro-Life Activists ‘Pieces of S***’

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Abortion protesters target GOP Gov. Martinez

(These articles don’t even begin to scratch the surface…for more news coverage check out our, “In the News” page)

Research about abortion abuses in New Mexico, by Tara Shaver: Important Facts about Abortion in New Mexico and Abortion Abuses

Since moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010 our work has consistently led national Pro-Life efforts in 2011, 2012, 2013:

Top Ten Victories of 2011:  #3 New Mexico Abortion Cartel Exposed

After the closure of the late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, KS, Operation Rescue learned that two of the abortionists from the Kansas clinic were relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two of our interns, Bud and Tara Shaver, felt the call of God to move to Albuquerque and work to stop abortions there. The Shavers now work with Project Defending Life, a group that works in cooperation with Operation Rescue to expose abortion abuses in New Mexico.

Together, the groups uncovered and exposed a series of 911 calls that were evidence of life-threatening abortion complications at two Albuquerque abortion clinics. Complaints were filed with the Medical Board and the investigation into these unsafe clinics is progressing. In addition, the role of the University of New Mexico in the abortion industry has been fully documented, and efforts are underway to convince the UNM Regents to cease all participation in abortion and abortion training.

Year in Review: Top Ten Victories from 2012

Shelley Sella, faced a disciplinary hearing before the New Mexico Medical Board in November for gross negligence in a 35 week abortion where Sella overused uterine contracting drugs on a woman with a history of a previous Caesarian Section, resulting in a ruptured uterus. Sella faces possible license revocation. The injury was discovered when former OR intern Tara Shaver obtained the 911 call records. OR and Mrs. Shaver filed complaints resulting in the Board action.

2013:  Bud and Tara Shaver Named Operation Rescue’s 2013 Pro-Life Persons of the Year

Albuquerque, NM – Pro-life missionaries Bud and Tara Shaver, of Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been named as recipients of the 2013 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award in recognition of their outstanding work in bringing the matter of late-term abortions into the national spotlight.

After an internship with Operation Rescue, the Shavers moved to Albuquerque in 2010 to expose late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options, one of the few abortion clinics in the nation that openly conduct abortions throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Tara’s ground-breaking research documented evidence of numerous life-threatening abortion emergencies and other abuses at that late-term abortion facility. She also uncovered that state taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for late-term procedures at the cost of thousands of dollars each.

Information gathered by the Shavers became the basis of a citizen’s petition to amend the City of Albuquerque’s charter to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when babies are known to feel pain. That initiative was the first-ever attempt to ban an abortion procedure at the municipal level. Tara and Bud Shaver spearheaded a grass roots signature drive that garnered a record 27,000 in just 20 days to place the late-term abortion ban on the ballot, then established a Political Action Committee that campaigned in favor of it.

While the Albuquerque Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance failed to pass during a November 19 city-wide vote, the Shavers, who served as national media spokespersons for the effort, contributed significantly to an increased awareness of late-term abortions in New Mexico an across the nation.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

2014: Group launches new anti-abortion campaign (KOB Eyewitness News 4): Protest ABQ

“As we move forward in Albuquerque, we realize that abortion will end in our city and state, when hearts are touched and minds are changed concerning the killing of the most innocent and defenseless children in our state, those in the womb. PROTEST ABQ is a way to raise this public awareness. If we accomplish nothing else, we must succeed in protesting the evil of our generation…legalized child killing,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director at PROTEST ABQ.

Protest ABQ is already making an impact both locally and nationally! To read (and) watch news coverage, click here: Protest ABQ: “In The News”

Please keep our efforts in your prayers and consider supporting our LIFE saving work. Your financial support will keep us in the trenches and make it possible for us to continue our fight for LIFE!

You can make a tax deductible donation online:  DONATE ONLINE HERE.

Or make Checks out to Project Defending Life, earmarked: Bud and Tara Shaver
P.O. Box 50351 Albuquerque, NM 87181

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