EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: UNM Publicly Silent, Privately Scrambling in response to U.S. House Panel Investigation

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: UNM Publicly Silent, Privately Scrambling in response to U.S. House Panel Investigation


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By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- On the verge of subpoena’s for records related to fetal tissue research, Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM scramble to comply with U.S. Panel inquiry.

The New Mexico Political Report obtained a statement, shortly after our initial report, from an attorney representing Southwestern Women’s Options stating that, “We have formally responded this afternoon to its [the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives] information request, as we previously arranged.” “We will continue to be responsive to the panel’s inquiries and will do so in a manner that protects individuals’ safety and privacy.”

The University of New Mexico, however, has not issued a public statement but behind the scenes emailed it’s employees today. This email was leaked by an internal source to Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life and Director of Life Ministries US this evening.

In the email it is clear that the UNM Health Sciences Center is doing damage control in light of the ABQ Journal article released yesterday.

The email reads, “This is the Health Sciences Center’s Response: The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is, has been and will continue to cooperate voluntarily with the United States House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.  We received a letter signed by Committee Chairwoman Representative Marsha Blackburn on January 6, 2016.  Today we will be releasing our correspondence with the Panel staff to set the record straight, verifying our cooperation. This initial letter included 19 individual areas, each encompassing a wide range of issues and documents related to our life-saving research.  This critical research has already resulted in dramatic improvements in the health of extremely premature babies, including reducing brain damage and blindness.  Research using fetal tissue has allowed for discoveries that have led to extremely premature babies now having a greater chance of survival and an improved quality of life at younger and younger ages.  This is an historic accomplishment. We submitted an initial response on January 29, 2016, as per our agreement with Panel staff. We were granted an extension to respond with further documents by February 15, 2016 by Special Counsel to the Committee, Frank Scaturro.  Our staff has been diligently working to gather responsive documents and we intend to honor our agreement.

We are disappointed that the majority would issue a precipitous press release prior to the February 15 deadline stating that we are not cooperating and are unwilling to submit the documents requested.  In light of the documents we are releasing today, this statement is not supported by the actual interactions and agreements with the Panel staff.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center respects both the Committee and the United States House of Representatives. We remain committed to our mission to save lives, reduce suffering and to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

It seems strange though that if UNM has indeed been voluntarily cooperating that Rep. Blackburn would feel the need to issue a subpoena next week.

UNM Leadership 

For a little background to who is calling the shots at UNM Health Sciences Center, for years Protest ABQ has been bringing awareness to the fact that UNM is the heart of the abortion industry in New Mexico and Dr. Paul Roth, Chancellor for Health Sciences, CEO UNM Health System and Dean of UNM School of Medicine is the driving force behind the scenes.

Protest ABQ has been so vocal about this reality that Dr. Roth wrote a letter almost 18 months ago to Archbishop Michael Sheehan complaining about Fr Stephen Imbarrato. The letter was full of false accusations and untruths. The fact that Dr. Roth wrote the letter validates UNM’s concerns about the exposure that Protest ABQ has exposed about UNM’s radical abortion agenda.

As Chancellor of Health Sciences and CEO of UNM Health System Roth is responsible for the following:

-UNM Hospital- Performs late term abortions.

-School Based Health Centers- In Albuquerque High Schools and Middle Schools as a means of promoting abortion to NM youth.

-UNM Center for Reproductive Health- Performing abortions up to 22wks. Managed by abortionist Eve Espey, 2014 Margaret Sanger award recipient and mentioned in recent CMP videos as UNM’s abortion asset.

-UNM Young Women’s Clinic- Also managed by Eve Espey who has worked since last summer with Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry on a initiative to reduce teen pregnancies through contraception and other reproductive health initiatives such as abortion. ​

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Politically Motivated

Dr. Roth, in the past over a 2-3 year period, worked with the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce and State Legislators including Republican Senators John Ryan and Rod Adair to try and legalize embryonic stem cell tissue research in New Mexico.

Dr. Roth recently donated $500 to New Mexico Speaker of the House, Republican Donald Tripp. The Republicans recently hosted Dr. Roth at the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session.


Dr. Roth has been a consistent donor to State Democrats who have squashed every pro-life legislation put forth in New Mexico in the last 2 years.

Dr. Roth’s long term relationship with notorious late term abortionist Dr Curtis Boyd is well known.

Is Dr. Roth the one who is behind the initial failure to comply with IPRA’s by NMAFL, Protest ABQ and now the failure to comply with the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives document requests?

Fr. Imbarrato issued the following statement:

“The proof of Dr. Roth’s lack of integrity and mindset can be seen in the email released today to Health and Science Center employees when he states, “We remain committed to our mission to save lives, reduce suffering, and to provide the best quality of care for our patients.”

Dr Roth, what about the unborn babies, some viable, that die each and every day under your supervision? How about the mothers who have been documented as wounded in your clinics including the poor mother who is believed to have died in your UNMCRH abortion clinic in July 2011 which I am still investigating?

There have been calls for the termination of abortionist Eve Espey and rightfully so, but it is Dr. Paul Roth who should resign or be terminated by the UNM Board of Regents.”

The UNM Board of Regents, Governor Martinez, and AG Hector Balderas, as Protest ABQ has consistently demanded, should begin conducting their own investigation of Dr. Paul Roth’s Health and Sciences Center and his control over the New Mexico abortion industry.

RELATED: Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM Refuse to Comply With U.S. House Investigation

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Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM Refuse to Comply With U.S. House Investigation

Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM Refuse to Comply With U.S. House Investigation

(Photo credit: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that because the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options provided no documents and failed to cooperate in a U.S. House inquiry into the harvesting of aborted baby body parts, these entities will be served subpoena’s early next week.

“The mission of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives (as it is informally known) is to gather information and get the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts,” according to their website. The staff on this panel have sent more than 30 letters requesting documents related to the investigation.

Protest ABQ submitted documentation, compiled over 5 years of research, to the panel today in line with their scope of authority to review, such as “medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement and practices of providers of second and third trimester abortions.” ​

Protest ABQ and other pro-life groups were told that there were no responsive documents to an Inspection of Public Records Request in 2015, regarding UNM’s use of fetal tissue. Months after this request the Albuquerque Journal reported that Southwestern Women’s Options was, in fact, the sole provider of fetal tissue to the University of New Mexico.

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato with Priests for Life and Director of Life Ministries U.S., issued the following statement: “UNM is the heart of the abortion industry in NM and hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of their abortion cartel! I am convinced that Dr. Paul Roth is behind the entire cartel and also this coverup. UNM has tried to hide their dealings from NMAFL, Protest ABQ and now the Federal Government.

It is time for the Attorney General, Hector Balderas, to stop campaigning for Hillary Clinton and do a statewide investigation of the New Mexico abortion cartel. It is also time for Gov. Susana Martinez to put pressure on the UNM Board of Regents as well as use her agencies and executive powers to provide oversight to the New Mexico abortion cartel in the Late Term Abortion Capital of the Country.”

Protest ABQ filed a formal complaint in July 2015 with New Mexico AG Hector Balderas, asking for an investigation of Southwestern Women’s Options based on their consent form that states “pregnancy tissue may be used in medical research.”

“It is clear that both UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options believe that they are accountable to no one. This investigation by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives couldn’t be more timely as New Mexicans are consistently left with more questions than answers.

It is long overdue that UNM, a publicly funded institution and Southwestern Women’s Options, the notorious late term abortion facility, are forced to provide transparency about their involvement in using aborted baby body parts.

New Mexicans deserve to know just how deeply entrenched these two are in this further degradation of human life,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

For years it has been evident that fetal tissue was being harvested in New Mexico. Protest ABQ continues to urge Governor Martinez and AG Hector Balderas to investigate at the local level.

Please be in prayer for this panel investigation, that it will shed light on the use of aborted baby body parts in Albuquerque.


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Jan. 2016 Newsletter: Albuquerque’s anti-abortion crusaders

Jan. 2016 Newsletter: Albuquerque’s anti-abortion crusaders

(ABQ JOURNAL- Picture Caption) “Tara and Bud Shaver, who home-school their children, make time for a weekday outing to a local park with their kids. Bud is the executive director of the anti-abortion group Protest ABQ, and Tara is the organization’s senior policy adviser.” (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

By Bud and Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- January is usually a busy month for the pro-life movement as it is Sanctity of Life month and a reminder that another year of legalized child killing has come and gone.

There is always more that can be done, so this month we did something new to launch the umbrella ministry, Life Ministries U.S. lead by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Life Ministries U.S. not only allows us to accept tax deductible gifts, but it also broadens the work that is being done here in New Mexico to the national arena.

On January 26th our team reserved the New Mexico Capital building rotunda, a large round open space right in the middle of the place in our state where pro-life laws are supposed to be introduced and enacted.

In the rotunda our message was heard loud and clear, that the pro-life community wants un-compromised laws passed to protect children in their mothers wombs.

Watch FULL (45min.) FEATURE:

We presented a 45 min. video compilation of 5 years of investigative research titled “Inside New Mexico’s Reproductive Health Clinics” that exposes the true nature of New Mexico’s abortion facilities. A reality that includes abortion inflicted injuries upon women, cover up of statutory rape and medical students performing abortions through the University of New Mexico’s training program.

We used the pro-abortion lobby’s wording but our research proves that “reproductive health care” is not what women get when they go to abortion facilities.

For more documented abuses and investigations of New Mexico Reproductive Health Clinics visit: ProtestABQ.com

“Albuquerque’s Anti-Abortion Crusaders”

On January 31, the ABQ Journal newspaper published a personality profile article about us and our work in New Mexico.

We are always amazed by how God provides these divine opportunities to speak the truth and He puts our message of love and life out there for the general public to hear.

We love that the only thing our opponents can say about us is that we’re “extreme and unmovable’ in our position to love God first and love our neighbors as ourselves second. This is the pillar of our ministry that the world just doesn’t understand, we do this work to save the lives of precious pre-born children created in God’s image out of love for God. These babies are our neighbors just the same as the moms and dads who contemplate killing them.

We felt the article was balanced and we give God all of the glory for how he uses to it change hearts and minds in our city.

Here is a small excerpt:

“Parents to three children ages 5 and younger, Bud Shaver, 37, and Tara Shaver, 31, are soft-spoken but articulate and passionate about this issue…“We’re just Christian people who want to see babies’ lives saved and moms protected,” Tara said.

“We ultimately want to bring our culture and community in New Mexico to a point, not where we enforce our will on New Mexico,” Bud said, “but where New Mexico understands and embraces a culture of life.” Read the full story: Albuquerque’s anti-abortion crusaders

Thank you for your prayers and for standing with us for life in New Mexico.

You make it possible for us to make sure that New Mexicans learn the truth about abortion!

We rely on regular monthly donations to be able to do this work as full time missionaries.

Click HERE if you would like to make secure online donation

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In Christ,

The Shaver Family


Personality Profile Piece by the ABQ Journal Featuring Bud and Tara Shaver’s Efforts In New Mexico

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