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Breaking: UNM Halts Abortion Rotation at Late-Term Abortion Facility But Continues to Break the Law

Breaking: UNM Halts Abortion Rotation at Late-Term Abortion Facility But Continues to Break the Law

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The ABQ Journal newspaper is reporting that the University of New Mexico, which is a publicly-funded institution, has partially cut ties with Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion facility owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd, that conducts abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.

UNM has severed an agreement with SWO to provide abortion training for UNM medical students. However, it says it will continue to accept harvested aborted baby parts from this facility. Before UNM’s move to cut formal ties with SWO, it appeared that the university was providing staffing to the abortion facility in exchange for the fetal remains that it says it uses for “research.”

The problem with this body parts arrangement is that it is in violation of New Mexico law.

Protest ABQ obtained Curtis Boyd’s consent forms from 2012 and 2015 that states: “pregnancy tissue may be used in medical research.”

This clearly violates NM Statute Chapter 24 Section 6b, which states:

THE JONATHAN SPRADLING REVISED UNIFORM ANATOMICAL GIFT ACT. THIS STATUTE FORBIDS THE USE OF ABORTED BABIES IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AND GOES FURTHER TO EXCLUDE ABORTED BABIES AS DECEDENTS (SECTION D.) WHO ARE INCAPABLE OF MAKING AN ANATOMICAL GIFT WHO CAN DONATE THEIR ORGANS AND TISSUES FOR “TRANSPLANTATION, THERAPY, OR EDUCATION.”

For this reason, Protest ABQ filed a formal complaint in July 2015, with the New Mexico Attorney General seeking an investigation into the illegal use of aborted baby remains for research since the baby cannot consent to the donation. That complaint is still pending.

UNM Abortion Ties

For the past five years members of Protest ABQ have been exposing and protesting the University of New Mexico’s abortion agenda. The pro-life group exposed the fact that SWO is training UNM medical students through the Ryan Residency Abortion Training Program. In addition, UNM runs a free-standing abortion facility through the illegal use of taxpayer funds. Her work at the UNM-operated abortion facility has led to the promotion of UNM staff physician and abortionist Eve Espey to the position as Chair of the OBGYN Department.

“UNM is the heart of the abortion industry in the state, but perhaps that is beginning to change,” said Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ. “But UNM’s continued harvesting of aborted baby organs at Southwestern Women’s Options remains a huge issue since the law prohibits the use of aborted baby remains for research purposes.”

The University of New Mexico had been utilizing Curtis Boyd and other late-term abortionists to train residents and fellows in second trimester procedures. Through an on-site clinical rotation these procedures required students to dismember pre-born children in the womb and then extract their tiny bodies in pieces through the 25th week of pregnancy. UNM has had training agreements with Curtis Boyd going back at least to the 2011-2012 school year.

No Transparency or Accountability

On November 2, 2015, Protest ABQ submitted an Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) request in reference to fetal tissue contracts and agreements between UNM and Curtis Boyd’s abortion business. UNM responded with a letter informing Protest ABQ that no such documents were found.

This withholding of information from a legally submitted IPRA request is in violation of New Mexico’s public information laws.

“UNM is a publicly funded state institution, but like other leaders in the state, they feel no need to obey the laws and provide transparency about the abortion agenda they embrace and promote. This is a disgrace that will require legal action on our part,” stated Bud Shaver.

According to a 2015 training agreement between Curtis Boyd and UNM, Boyd describes abortion procedures beyond 20 weeks as causing “feticide” using a drug called digoxin. He specifies that after the procedure, the fetal tissue will then be given to UNM.

However, digoxin, a drug that essentially causes the baby in the womb to die from a heart attack, contaminates the tissue, making it unusable for medical research. This fact was publicized widely over the summer as the Center for Medical Progress released several videos that showed Planned Parenthood abortionists and representatives from biotech companies clearly discussing the topic of digoxin and how it taints the fetal tissue.

This has led to suspicions that Boyd may have lied about using digoxin and is instead using the now illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to obtain body parts that are suitable for medical research.

UPDATE: We have learned that the documents showing the relationship between UNM and Boyd were actually obtained through the efforts of the New Mexico Alliance for Life and their legal counsel. The Journal article was unclear as to how the documents were obtained. We apologize for any misunderstanding and congratulate NMAFL on providing this information to the public.

Procedures used by Curtis Boyd during the late-term abortion procedures that have resulted in the use of human remains for research must be investigated.

Rampant Complicity

“Members of Protest ABQ met with Martinez four years ago and laid out the case against UNM and Paul Roth, CEO of UNM Health Sciences Center, who heavily promotes abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Roth has been highly instrumental in pushing a pro-abortion agenda at UNM,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Founder of Protest ABQ. “Earlier this year we exposed an uncharacteristic donation made by Roth to New Mexico GOP Speaker of the House Don Tripp, which suspiciously occurred shortly after a closed door meeting between legislators and UNM officials about fetal tissue research and disposal.”

Protest ABQ leaders have met with the UNM Board of Regents President Jack Fortnerabout the UNM abortion agenda. Both Gov. Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry are well aware of the tentacles of the abortion industry in New Mexico that extend from UNM. Nevertheless, Mayor Berry recently teamed up with abortionist Eve Espey on an initiative targeting high school teens for sex education and abortion.

“The Republican leadership in this state have done nothing but cooperate with and shelter UNM and the late-term abortion industry in New Mexico. Under Martinez and Berry’s watch, with their full knowledge, Roth and Espey have built up and expanded the abortion industry in the state through UNM,” stated Bud Shaver.

The bottom line is that while UNM is cutting ties with the local late-term abortion business, UNM still is in violation of the ban on aborted baby tissue use in research. In addition, any affiliation or use of University resources to promote abortion is strictly forbidden under Federal Law that bars tax money from funding abortion services.

The ban on using tax money for abortions is being blatantly violated at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH), which is an abortion facility operated with the help of tax funds by UNM.

Protest ABQ calls on UNM to stop violating the law by halting the practice of harvesting aborted baby remains and closing down the UNMCRH abortion facility. This will restore the rule of law and do great good for the community of Albuquerque and for the lives of children who will be saved in the womb as a result.

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Guv Martinez Caught Partying While New Mexico Burns

Guv Martinez Caught Partying While New Mexico Burns

By Bud Shaver

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was caught partying while New Mexico burns! Be sure to listen to the 911 calls here: New Mexico Political Report

Pastor Dewey Moede, News Director at For God’s Glory Alone Ministries issued the following statement, “Sadly the Governor’s true colors come out through the audio! Martinez is unfit for office. I am getting really tired of having to report on misbehaving politicians who think they are more mightier than God!”

KRQE TV REPORTS: “The Office of Governor Susana Martinez is refusing to comment on a late-night phone call made by the governor to Santa Fe police following a noise complaint involving a party for the governor’s staff held at a posh Santa Fe hotel.”

Protest ABQ has been sounding the alarm about Governor Susana Martinez and her administration. Find out why here: Silent Susana

New Mexico is currently ranked the worst state in the nation in almost all the polls…and Albuquerque is known nationally as the Late-Term Abortion Capital of America

Governor Martinez, when will you start addressing the real issues facing our state? We are very disappointed in you.

Albuquerque is the Late-Term Abortion Capital of America

New Mexico ranks as the worst-run state in the nation! 

NM has nation’s highest unemployment

New Mexico ranks worst in U.S. for poverty

Report: NM ranks 2nd in nation for violent crime

NM still ranks 49th in child well-being

New Mexico ranks near the bottom in yet another national report on educational achievement.

Albuquerque ranks near bottom in list of best, worst cities for families

Fortune: ABQ rock bottom for home ownership

New Mexico drivers rank second-worst in U.S.

 

RELATED: NM Gov. Martinez Tells Santa Fe Police Dispatch: “Call Off Your Officers” Who Respond to Party Complaint

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Fr. Stephen Imbarrato Invited Us To NM 5 Years Ago, He Summarizes The Past Two Years

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato Invited Us To NM 5 Years Ago, He Summarizes The Past Two Years

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato invited our family to New Mexico five years ago to work together to make New Mexico Abortion Free. Fr. Imbarrato best summarizes the last 2 years together and why we have transitioned our primary focus to peaceful and prayerful protests…

New Mexico True: Why We are the Pre-born Child Killing Capital of the Country!

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By Fr. Stephen Imbarrato (This was posted at For God’s Glory Alone Ministries)

Let me start this blog with some context. New Mexico is the pre-born child killing capital of the Southwest and the late term pre-born child killing capital of the country. The abortion industry in NM brags that NM is the least restrictive state in the country for abortions. Just this year, a young lady over 30 weeks pregnant came here from the United Kingdom to have her baby killed at Southwest Women’s Options. Albuquerque is truly the heart of the pre-born child killing industry and the University of New Mexico can be said to be the heart’s aorta, fueling the citywide and statewide industry of death. UNM operates 3 of the 5 abortion centers in the city as well as manages several high school referral clinics. UNM also trains abortionists and promotes other aspects of the culture of death. To further this context, NM Governor Susana Martinez, and ABQ Mayor RJ Berry both claim to be pro-life. Let’s further paint the picture with the reality that the pro-life movement here has not been able to pass any true baby saving legislation…ever!

Indulge me now while I continue with some personal context. When I was still in the seminary, I founded a pregnancy resource center across the street from a baby killing facility in Hartford, CT. My first year doing ministry here in NM, 2005, I founded Project Defending Life (PDL), a pro-life ministry located next to Planned Parenthood. We started the Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day in Santa Fe, used sidewalk counseling and ultrasounds to save hundreds of babies’ lives. We likewise helped hundreds of moms in need. We sponsored various local protests including LifeChains and 40 Days for Life. We initiated post abortion healing ministries such as SilentNoMore and Rachel’s Vineyard. We were the only ministry in the entire country that celebrated Mass multiple times a week with Eucharistic Processions to Planned Parenthood. Most importantly we organized and energized a ministerial pro-life movement where before there was little more than a narrow, politically focused, pro-life effort. Most importantly, when I went on sabbatical at the beginning of 2013, the pro-life movement was as unified and energized as it had ever been and has ever been.

During this period, I invited Bud and Tara Shaver and their family to Albuquerque to help expand the PDL ministry to our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sisters. Since then I feel the Shavers and I have been like family. Indeed I feel I am their spiritual father and I hope they feel the same way. I feel privileged to have worked side by side with these young Christian pro-life activists and it is my hope that we will continue to work as closely together until pre-born child killing ends.

I began to transition away from Project Defending Life in 2013. In 2014, I began ProtestABQ with the Shavers. In 2015, I began national pro-life ministry with Priests for Life and founded Protest Child Killing, a national pro-life protest movement which I believe can end pre-born child killing in 5 years. I left ProtestABQ(the local aspect of Protest Child Killing) to be lead by Bud and Tara. We have always worked hand in hand and still do.

In the 2 years we have been exclusively doing peaceful and prayerful protests, we have had 3 focuses; NM state leadership, ABQ city leadership, and the leadership of UNM. Why? We have felt and have come to realize that these three leaderships had the greatest potential to impact, provide oversight, and restrict the pre-born child killing industry in our state. The Governor claims to be pro-life, the Mayor claims to be pro-life, and the President of the UNM Regents claims to be pro-life. We met with the Governor the 1st year she was in office. We met with representatives of the Regents more than once. We have sought to meet with Mayor Berry for years. He has always refused our efforts to meet.

Having given these leaders more than ample orientation of the situation that exists in their city, state, and university, we began protesting their lack of concern, their silence, their lack of action, and their lack of leadership. Today, we find these leaders not only condoning the pre-born child killing industry, but in some ways, they are aiding and abetting the industry. It is more than interesting that the only energy they have spent on this issue during this time is attacking we pro-lifers who have been making the taxpaying public aware of the deplorable situation in our city and state while exposing the complicity of those in leadership positions.

The Shavers and I have been disparaged by supporters of the Governor, the Mayor, and the University. We have been called radical extremists, outsiders, and part of a fringe element of the pro-life movement. We have been accused of being violent and dangerous. We have had our 1st amendment rights violated more than once. Recently the city election ethics board fined the Shavers (a Christian family with 3 children) $1000. The fine came about from a sham hearing with a ruling that is clearly unconstitutional. The Shavers have been forced to sue the city! We have also been harassed by one of the Governor’s state agencies and have been obstructed by others. It is interesting, though, that on the streets during all of this our relationship with law enforcement has always been excellent! Why? We are always respectful, peaceful, and prayerful.

We, among many others, are convinced that the Governor and the Mayor aspire for higher offices. Yet [the] Governor’s advisers have verbally accosted us and recently the Mayor made a video in support of a pro-abortion ultra-liberal city council candidate; a video that clearly was an attempt to “chill” our free speech. The Mayor now seems to be politically aligned with this pro-abortion councilman who filed the ethics complaint about our protests. The Mayor also has, in the recent past, worked closely with an abortionist and other leaders of the local abortion industry on an initiative directed at teens.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, we stand by our peaceful and prayerful protests trying to hold our elected, so- called pro-life leadership accountable. We have asked them to do any number of things to provide oversight and inspection of the abortion industry. We have encouraged them for years to speak out about this deplorable situation in our city and state.

We find it nothing more than a substantiation of what we have believed for the last two years that these leaders have used their influence, their administrations, their followers, and even some politically oriented pro-lifers to not only protect the pre-born child killing industry, but attack and harass those of us who believe we have a moral obligation to protest pre-born child killing especially under our current local conditions.

I am asking the Mayor to do what he has promised he would do numerous times. Meet with us. I am asking the Governor to stop attacking us and work with us to restrict and provide oversight of the pre-born child killing industry in NM. There is much that can be done. I am asking that UNM remove Dr. Paul Roth or reassign him, replacing him with someone who is more closely aligned with the traditional family and life values of the people of NM. I am asking everyone who is pro-life to join us in not only denouncing the conspiracy of complicity in our state, but also to work with us to change the reputation of our city and state away from the pre-born child killing capital of the Southwest.

Let’s ask ourselves! Why doesn’t our elected pro-life leaders take the same energy they use to harass and obstruct pro-lifers and use it to save pre-born babies?

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