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Free Speech Is Not Free In Albuquerque: Protest ABQ Appeals Board of Ethics Ruling

Free Speech Is Not Free In Albuquerque: Protest ABQ Appeals Board of Ethics Ruling

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- On November 19th the Albuquerque Board of Ethics ruled that Protest ABQ violated the city’s election code when postcards were mailed to residents of District 6 that showed the pro-abortion position of Pat Davis who at the time was running for city council. An employee of Pat Davis filed the initial complaint.

​Protest ABQ believes that the city’s election code is unconstitutional.  The code currently requires that if any individual or group spends $250 or more in support of, or in opposition to a candidate for city office, they must register with the City Clerk’s Office, submit “campaign spending” financial reports, establish separate bank accounts for any such spending, attend a mandatory meeting prior to the election, are subject to having their books audited, and comply with other administrative and regulatory requirements.  During the hearing the Board of Ethics members refused to consider whether the election code is constitutional, despite the fact that Protest ABQ’s counsel provided them with legal cases showing the it is not. See, e.g., New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, 611 F.3d 669, a 2010 case from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that New Mexico’s state campaign reporting act was unconstitutional because it automatically made anyone who spent $500 a year for “political purposes” subject to mandatory registration and reporting requirements.

For this reason Protest ABQ filed a Notice of Appeal in State District Court on November 24th and plans to challenge the ruling that resulted in a public reprimand and a $1000 fine.

The postcards, which were mailed as an educational outreach, featured a picture of a late term aborted child from Douglas Karpen’s abortion facility in Houston, TX as well as an autopsy photo of Marla Cardamone who was 18 at the time of her abortion-related death.

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As important as it is to show to the truth about what abortion does to women and children, it is equally important to make sure that our right to do so peacefully is also protected. The complaint filed against Protest ABQ was merely an attempt to block our ability to show the residents of Albuquerque what happens when the abortion industry reigns out of control.

Freedom of speech and the Constitution are under attack in this nation but we have the opportunity to to defend both in Albuquerque with this appeal. “The constitution exists to protect both the message bearer and message receiver. Through the constitution the founding father’s had the intent of safeguarding the ability for the general public to receive a controversial message it would receive no other way. It’s not the popular message that needs protection but the unpopular one. The message that saves the lives of innocent pre-born children is what we are committed to defending,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

This is not the City’s first attempt to silence Protest ABQ.  In recent weeks, self proclaimed pro-life Mayor Richard Berry called for Protest ABQ to stop driving the truth truck in District 6. His statements echoed Pat Davis’s own disapproval about our protests in his district. For Mayor Berry to align himself with a leftist like Pat Davis instead of taking pro-active measures and tackling the abortion crisis in his city is very alarming.

Protest ABQ also found it interesting that 3 of the 4 Board of Ethics members who ruled against Protest ABQ have made political donations primarily to Republicans and those backed by Jay McCleskey.

Jay McCleskey is Governor Susana Martinez’s chief political advisor and is currently under investigation by the FBI. McCleskey verbally assaulted members of Protest ABQ during a protest in 2014 and also helped Mayor Berry get elected in 2009 and 2013. Could it be that those who claim to be pro-life don’t really want to prove their worth but instead silence those trying to end abortion in New Mexico?

Please pray for us and our legal counsel as we move forward with all of our efforts to stop the killing in New Mexico and protect the right to free speech.

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One Thing Is Certain, The Colorado Shooter Is NOT Pro-Life

One Thing Is Certain, The Colorado Shooter Is NOT Pro-Life

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- Details about the suspected Colorado shooter Robert Lewis Dear are beginning to come out, Right-Wing News best summarizes the bizarre reports about this man:

The story surrounding Robert Lewis Dear just gets weirder and weirder. He comes from South Carolina and relocated to Colorado, where he wanted to be left alone. He’s been arrested as a peeping Tom and charged with animal cruelty for shooting a dog with a pellet gun. Both charges were dropped. He’s been accused of domestic violence and threatening numerous other people with violence as well. His voter registration lists him as a woman… I kid you not. But he’s not a registered Republican. He’s a non-practicing Christian and he legally bought the guns used in the shooting. People who know him say he has a hard time focusing. Since arriving in Colorado he has taken to smoking pot all the time and is evidently into bondage and sadomasochism. Charming fella. Obama is using the Colorado shooting as an excuse to push gun control and confiscation once more. It is just despicable. The man was clearly unstable and went off the rails. Planned Parenthood officials have confirmed none of the people killed in the shooting or any of the 9 victims who were injured were Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staff or patients. The man ranted about no more baby parts and then ranted about Obama. His insane babble was so incoherent the police still can’t give a real motive. But the Liberals are pointing to his alleged ‘conservatism’ and Planned Parenthood as an excuse to ban guns and protect butchers.”

One thing is for certain he is NOT Pro-Life 

Tara Shaver spokesperson for Protest ABQ was interviewed by local Albuquerque CBS station, KRQE-13

“When you hear about a gunman anywhere, your heart automatically goes out to those that are involved and the victims of such senseless violence,” said Tara Shaver.

The group was quick to release a statement condemning the shooter’s actions and they say they want to make sure people realize he does not represent their views or the Pro-Life community’s.

Shaver said, “We find comfort in knowing that Pro-Life people really don’t do things like this. We are Pro-Life because we care about people and we want to see lives saved.”

Full KRQE Coverage: Albuquerque Pro-Life group speaks out against Colorado Springs shooting

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RELATED: Protest ABQ Condemns Violent Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood

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Protest ABQ Condemns Violent Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood

Protest ABQ Condemns Violent Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood

By Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ and Pro-Life Missionary at Pro-Life Witness

Our prayers go out to all those involved today in the senseless shooting at the Planned Parenthood located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We continue to pray for the law enforcement officers and all of those who were shot and for the safety of those currently responding to this ongoing situation.

Pro-Life Witness, Protest ABQ and Protest Child Killing stand in solidarity with Pro-Life groups condemning acts of violence. ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ Peaceful protest and prayer NOT Violence will end abortion. Stop ALL the Killing!

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, founder of Protest ABQ and Director of Protest Child Killing issued the following statement, “Those of us who protest pre-born child killing with Protest ABQ and Protest Child Killing never condone any act of violence, indeed we are protesting the violent act of abortion that kills pre-born children in the womb. We are committed to peacefully protesting this violence. Our prayers go out to all victims of violence.”

 

Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition issued the following press release:

Pro-Life Groups Condemn Violence at Colorado Planned Parenthood, Pray for Safety

Colorado Springs, CO — Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition are denouncing the violence that appears to be in progress at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Details are still sketchy regarding the motives of the perpetrator and we urge the public not to draw any conclusions until police can make an official determination.

“Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies. We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue.

“Although we don’t know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels.,” said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, D.C.

As of this writing, the situation remains active and fluid. Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition urges people of good will everywhere to pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this situation and tweet their thoughts for the safety of those in danger under the hashtag #AllLivesMatter.

At the time of publishing this several other Pro-Life groups issued statements:

Fr. Frank Pavone and Pastoral Team of Priests for Life,

“Fr. Frank Pavone calls for Calm and Avoidance of Rash Judgment. Information is very sketchy about the currently active shooting situation in Colorado Springs. The Planned Parenthood was the address given in the initial call to the police, but we still do not know what connection, if any, the shooting has to do with Planned Parenthood or abortion.

As leaders in the pro-life movement, we call for calm and pray for a peaceful resolution of this situation.

What is motivating this shooting will become clearer in due time. We ask that in the meantime, nobody jump to conclusions regarding the connection between this violence and the controversy over abortion and Planned Parenthood, and we ask that people do not use this situation to inflame emotions on either side of the abortion issue.”

Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director, CEC For Life,

“The tragic situation in Colorado is still active, though details remain sketchy. CEC For Life has and always will use non-violent, peaceful means in our continued efforts to declare that All Life is Sacred. We condemn in the strongest way possible violence against those people who disagree with us on the issue of abortion. We are praying for a peaceful and speedy end to the situation in Colorado and pray for the safety of everyone on the scene.”

Rev. Katherine Marple, Keep Life Legal,

“At this time, it is unclear if the shooter(s) in ‪#‎ColoradoSprings‬ was targeting ‪#‎PlannedParenthood‬ or was just within proximity of it. In any event, it is abhorrent to us at KeepLifeLegal that anyone would use violence at any abortion facility for any reason in the United States. We are in continued prayer that this situation will come to a peaceful end.”

Rev. Rob Schenck, Faith and Action,

“Pray for an end to violence and especially for those injured in the ongoing Colorado Springs shooting. No one yet knows the motive of the shooter, but, violence against the innocent for any reason violates the Commandment against killing, contradicts the gospel and the model of Christ, and is inimical to the principle of the Sanctity of Life. God help us.”

UPDATE: Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Gunman Surrenders, 3 Dead Including Police Officer

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