Action Needed to prevent bill that will hinder transparency at UNM and other research Universities.

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- One of the many obstacles we face here in New Mexico is the lack of transparency. The University of New Mexico (UNM), in particular, is notorious for keeping things they don’t want brought to light, hidden from members of the public that fund them with their tax dollars. Rep. Jason Harper (R) from Rio Rancho is sponsoring a bill that will further protect UNM and other research Universities from being transparent and held accountable by public citizens.

“Instead of demanding more accountability and being more vocal about the University of New Mexico’s radical abortion agenda that is being funded by taxpayers, it is disconcerting that some Republicans are attempting introduce legislation that will provide more cover and less transparency. With this latest development coming to light, it is becoming more apparent that the Abortion Cartel in New Mexico is being given aid and cover by both the Republicans and Democrats,” stated Bud Shaver, executive director of Protest ABQ.

HB 267 the Exempt College Certain Proprietary Info Act seeks to prevent citizens from obtaining certain “proprietary” information through inspection of public records requests (IPRA). The language used in this bill is so broad that UNM and others could shut down IPRA requests by claiming that the information being sought fits the following criteria when in fact it does not.

“data, records or information of a proprietary nature produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of a public post-secondary educational institution in the conduct of or as a result of study or research on medical, scientific, technical or scholarly issues where such data, records or information has not been publicly released, published, copyrighted or patented;

In a free and open society, it is a fundamental right of every citizen to obtain and inspect public records especially from publicly funded institutions, like UNM. However, HB 267 will hinder that process and ultimately protect UNM and their radically pro-abortion agenda from public accountability that is already unchecked at every turn.

Angelo Artuso, attorney for Protest ABQ issued the following statement:

“HB 267 contains a dangerous amendment that will, in all likelihood, prevent the sort of public information that has been obtained over the years by local activists, showing UNM’s relationship with Southwestern Women’s Options and their collaboration in harvesting and utilizing aborted baby remains in research. On its face, the statute is too broad. Who will decide if the information obtained from a private party or entity is “proprietary?”  What does that mean?  Who decides whether information produced or collected by the University is properly considered “proprietary?”  ​

There are too many questions surrounding this bill and too much at stake should it pass. For these reasons we ask you to contact Rep. Harper and ask him to withdraw this bill until he can work with someone who can amend it properly so that it doesn’t infringe upon a citizens right to have access to and inspect public records.

Rep. Jason Harper

HB 267 is set to be heard in the House Education Committee on Friday, February 17, 2017. In addition, please contact these committee members and ask them to oppose HB267.

House Education Committee Members: 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
505-986-4846   stephanie.garciarichard@nmlegis.gov

Rep. G. Andrés Romero
505- 986-4433  andres.romero@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado
505-986-4226  alonzo.baldonado@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Jim Dines
505-986-4242   jim.dines@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Jimmie C. Hall
505-986-4215    jimmie.hall@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Rick Little
505-986-4220  Ricklittleforrep@gmail.com

Rep. Dennis J. Roch
505-986-4227   denroch@hotmail.com

Rep. Tomás E. Salazar
505-986-4436   tomas.salazar@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Debra M. Sariñana
505-986-4464   debbie.sarinana@nmlegis.gov

Rep. James E. Smith
505-986-4233   jim@jimsmithnm.com

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
505-986-4780   sheryl.stapleton@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Christine Trujillo
505-986-4249   christine.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Linda M. Trujillo
505-986-4255   linda.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

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In a free and open society, it is a fundamental right of every citizen to obtain and inspect public records especially from publicly funded institutions, like UNM. However, HB 267 will hinder that process and ultimately protect UNM and other universities from providing transparency regarding experimental research that is important for the public to know about.

In the interest of public accountability and oversight, please oppose HB 267.


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New Mexico Legislative Update

New Mexico Legislative Update

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The legislative session is well under way here in New Mexico. Today is the last day for legislators to submit their bills to be voted upon during this 60 day session. Both Republicans and Democrats have a slew of bills that represent where they stand on some very important issues facing our state and our nation.

Republicans have sponsored legislation to protect babies born alive during abortions as well as late term abortion victims who have high probabilities of living outside the womb if given the chance.

Democrats have sponsored bills to expand birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act and to penalize doctors who refuse to do abortions based on their religious convictions.

“It is encouraging to see pro-life state legislators sponsor solid no exceptions legislation that will protect pre-born babies in the womb. Both Senator Bill Sharer (R) from Farmington and Rep. Yvette Herrell (R) from Alamogordo have tightened up their late term abortion ban bills that DO NOT contain exceptions for rape and incest nor the subjective psychological “health” exception in them. Rep. Rod Montoya (R) from Farmington is sponsoring the Infant Born Alive Protection Act.  We fully support these pieces of legislation and encourage other legislators to support these bills that will save the lives of viable babies in our state,” stated Bud Shaver.

Bills to support:

HB 37 Born Alive Infant ProtectionBorn Alive Infant Protection

HB 220 Partial and Late Term Abortion

SB 183 Partial and Late Term Abortion

Bills to oppose:

HB 284 Health Coverage for Contraception

SB 282 Hospital Patient Protections (No religious objection to performing abortions allowed)

HB 171 End of Life Options Act (Assisted Suicide)

SB 252 End of Life Options Act (Assisted Suicide)

SB 120 Vital Record Sex Designation (This bill allows a person to change their gender on their birth certificate)

SB 121 No Conversion Therapy (This bill prohibits counselors and clergy from providing therapy asserting that the homosexual lifestyle is contrary to biblical teaching)

Please contact your Senator and Representative by phone and email to tell them where you stand on these various bills. 

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#DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM

#DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The national #DefundPP protest in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a huge success. The event was sponsored locally by Protest ABQ. Close to 300 turned out to protest Planned Parenthood!

Video footage captured  on location  filmed the protest for over 14 minutes which kept… going and going!

There was a diverse representation of the pro-life community who peacefully and prayerfully came together with a unified voice demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded and closed down!

Including New Mexico, pro-life activists in 45 states and over 200 locations all across America protested Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider on February 11, 2017 and called upon Congress and the 45th president, Donald J. Trump to defund the abortion giant. While a majority of Americans are fed up with their hard earned tax dollars being used to prop up an abortion industry that is killing children, as of publishing time I have heard NO reports of pro-lifers rioting, looting, smashing windows, destroying property, setting fires, attacking anyone, or being arrested in ANY of the 200 locations nationwide…

That’s because the pro-life movement is a peaceful and prayerful protest movement! 

Most locations reported pro-abortion counter protestors that showed up in support of Planned Parenthood who were vulgar and aggressive. In fact, in Washington D.C. Father Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest reported that the pro-abortion mobs linked arms and attempted to block their pro-life procession at every intersection on their route from the U.S. Supreme Court to a mega Planned Parenthood in D.C. The belligerent pro-aborts pushed and shoved the peaceful pro-lifers but fortunately they had a police escort to keep their procession clear of obstruction!

Reverend Patrick Mahoney published a video capturing the rowdy agitators, “Pro choice demonstrators Blocking our pro-life march and prayer service.”

In stark contrast to violent pro-abortion counter protestors, USA Today reported from the #DefundPP protest in Tempe Arizona,

Lisa Blevins, who organized the anti-Planned Parenthood protesters, said she has protested at the Planned Parenthood Tempe location every weekend for more than a year.

“We’re peaceful, prayful people. We are based on prayer. We respond to them (the other protesters) by praying for and blessing them,” she said. “We listen to them and we stay in peaceful prayer.”

Here are some pictures from #DefundPP in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thanks to everyone who came out to stand in solidarity with one another for life!
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