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52 Years Of Progress Erased By The Stroke Of A Pen

52 Years Of Progress Erased By The Stroke Of A Pen

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, New Mexico- For 52 years New Mexico had one of the nation’s strongest pro-life pieces of legislation on its books prohibiting abortions, the Criminal Abortion Statute, was passed by the New Mexico legislature in 1969. The 1969 Criminal Abortion Statute made performing an abortion a 4th degree felony! In addition, the statute also prohibited non-physicians from performing surgical abortions and according to the law it explicitly,

“requires that an [non-elective] abortion be performed [only after a panel of physicians deemed that the pregnancy put the woman’s life at risk and only at an accredited hospital] only with the woman’s consent.” (emphasis added)

These profoundly pro-woman provisions of its time were no doubt debated at length and determined to be in the best interest of New Mexico women.

The legislature, at that time, recognized the criminality of physicians performing a procedure that takes the life of another human, was worthy of a felony charge and that precautions needed to be taken by the New Mexico legislature to ensure that the lives of New Mexico babies in the womb were valued in an equal measure as that of New Mexico women.

Unfortunately, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced today, February 26, 2021 that she signed S.B. 10 “Repeal Abortion Ban” which strips the 1969 Criminal Abortion Statute off the books.

“With the stroke of a pen, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham just erased 52 years of progress and protections for New Mexico women and pre-born children. The New Mexico legislature erased decades of debate and technological advancements that scientifically prove and protect the humanity of the baby in the womb. During the debate on the House and Senate floor, all of the 28 sponsors of S.B. 10 ‘Repeal Abortion Ban’, refused to answer questions over and over again when pressed for comment. Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo) went so far in his irrational and unscientific denial of the of the development of the child in the womb, when he threw a fetal model of a 12 week old baby that was biologically accurate in the trash calling it, ‘offensive’! It is astounding that the 1969 New Mexico legislature was more committed to science and rational debate than our current legislature in 2021,” stated Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico.

In response to the radical Democrats many of them self proclaimed Catholics, stripping the only Pro-life protections off the books in New New Mexico, prominent Pro-life priest Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, director of Life Ministries U.S. issued the following statement, 

“As I drive around New Mexico and I see the homelessness, the poverty, the bankrupt businesses and I talk to people whose lives have been destroyed and who are in despair, the Democrats focus on legitimizing the murder of the pre-born till the day of birth and legalizing assisted suicide of the medically, emotionally, and psychologically vulnerable. As a Catholic priest, I cannot remain silent while our politicians, many of them Catholic including the Governor, legalize the mass murder of their own people while ignoring those who are truly suffering and in need. The outcry of the Church should be deafening! May Jesus have mercy on us for perpetrating and allowing this evil.”

Thank you to everyone who called and sent emails voicing your opposition to S.B. 10. While there is no current political solution to end abortion in our state, we at Abortion Free New Mexico still have a strategy to work that can close abortion facilities and bring accountability to the New Mexico abortion industry. It is now going to be more important than ever to work at the grassroots level together, to save babies lives. Please keep our efforts in your prayers and look out for and share action items.

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In Shocking Admission UNM Celebrates Abortion

In Shocking Admission UNM Celebrates Abortion

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, New Mexico- In a shocking admission, University of New Mexico (UNM) Regent Robert Schwartz celebrates UNM’s participation in the killing of babies up to 24 weeks old in the womb and designated those who perform these late term abortions as heroes above those in the medical community who actually work to save lives every day. This occurred during a bi-monthly virtual Board of Regents Meeting where local concerned citizens spoke out against this atrocity.

On Tuesday February 16, 2021, Abortion Free New Mexico’s, Tara Shaver (click here to hear her statement), 

Prominent pro-life priest Fr. Stephen Imbarrato (click here to hear his statement),

​and Stephen Harrington, a concerned pro-life UNM alumnus of the “Anderson School of Business” (class of 1983) addressed the UNM Board of Regents regarding not only the University of New Mexico’s persistence in maintaining their free-standing late term abortion facility, Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH), but also due to the offensive  “Heroes Work Here” banner that has drawn attention and criticism from the pro-life community.

For years Abortion Free New Mexico has worked to expose the radical abortion agenda stemming from UNM. From promoting embryonic stem cell research to recruiting and training the next generation of abortionists, UNM is at the heart of the New Mexico abortion cartel. This publicly funded institution utilizes tax dollars for their programs and for this reason it is time for the members of the community to speak directly to UNM leadership to express their concerns and demand that this extremist agenda is halted.

Stephen Harrington’s statement to the UNM Board of Regents reads,

“I will be speaking as a concerned alumnus today. It has come to my attention that UNM is operating and funding an abortion clinic. It is located off campus near the airport. They perform late term abortions at this facility. I think it is reprehensible that UNM is using tax dollars to keep this clinic open. Included in this money may be the generous donations of UNM alumni. You and you alone, the Regents, have the power to put a stop to this appalling practice by closing this clinic. On the building is a sign that reads, ‘Heroes Work Here.’ I firmly believe in and support our frontline workers who tirelessly strive to save lives. However, abortionists and their aides do not save lives. In fact, they take lives. Webster’s defines ‘hero’ as, ‘A person admired for achievements and noble qualities.’ This does not define the workers of this clinic. I would like to ask that you have this sign removed immediately. I thank you for allowing me the time to speak to you today and ask that you carefully consider my recommendations.”

Listen to Mr. Harrington’s full statement here.

In His Own Words

In response to the passionate public comments during this meeting, Regent Robert Schwartz expressed his position of support for UNM’s extreme abortion agenda. Do his comments reflect the entire Board of Regents as well as UNM President Garnett Stokes who was also present during the virtual meeting?

Schwartz stated,

“I don’t want to leave the impression that the UNM Center for Reproductive Health is just being tolerated by the University, when in fact it is an important part of the University and the Health Sciences Center and it is and should be celebrated by the University.” [emphasis ours]

​If  that admission wasn’t clear enough, UNM Regent Robert Schwartz, went on to emphatically reiterate, [italics indicate our interpretation]

“I would like to suggest that heroes do work in our [abortion facility] Center for Reproductive Health. That our [abortion] doctors in our Center for Reproductive Health, our [abortion] nurses, our [abortion] technicians, our [abortion] medical assistants, they are heroes! They are heroes because of the [abortion] care they provide, because of the [lack of] compassion they demonstrate [to pre-born babies], because of the exceptional medical quality of the [abortion] work they perform everyday, because of the [abortion] service they provide to women and to families [who want to kill their unwanted children] in New Mexico. So I want to indicate, not that we are tolerating this [radical abortion agenda] but that we in fact, appreciate this [extremist] work that they are doing at UNM, that we are celebrating the [abortion] work that they are doing here at UNM. That they really are our heroes. We are proud of you. You are our heroes. Thank you so much for the [abortion] work you do.”

​Listen to his full comments here.

For UNM Regent Robert Schwartz, the debate is settled at UNM and it appears that while UNM is facing a 14 million dollar deficit they would rather use the tax dollars UNM receives and the generous donations from UNM alumni and others to fund their radical abortion agenda instead of their football program.

​According to the UNM Daily Lobo,

“UNM Regent Robert Schwartz has been outspoken about his concerns regarding the sustainability of the football program.

‘I think this issue is going to keep on coming back, and we are either going to have to cut the athletic budget at least to some extent or we are going to cut the academic budget, because there are not enough resources to cover everything across the board,’ Schwartz said.”

If that wasn’t enough, a UNM graduate student slammed the university on Tuesday during the public comments stating,

“I really love UNM,” however, she continued, “but it feels like UNM doesn’t love me back!”

She went on to complain that the post graduate cost of living is $22,000 per year but UNM only pays her and fellow student teachers $14,000 a year!

Meanwhile, the medical director of UNM Center for Reproductive Health abortion center, Eve Espey, is one of the highest paid employees receiving an annual salary of $505,388! In 2014, Eve Espey, was awarded the Margaret Sanger Award for her eugenic population control efforts at UNM targeting the Hispanic population.

Tara Shaver spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement,

“Unfortunately, Regent Schwartz demonstrated with his comments that he places the killing of innocent babies in the womb as a top priority for the University of New Mexico. Schwartz claims that the The Center for Reproductive Health offers so much to the state but, in fact, it is not providing any services that cannot be obtained elsewhere. There is no extraordinarily good reproductive health care as Schwartz asserts because abortion is not health care, it is focused instead on terminating children in the womb and preventing reproduction.

Family planning services, birth control and abortion are nothing more than a means to promoting a culture of eugenics and death in New Mexico. UNM should work to dismantle this facility and renew it’s vision to truly provide excellence in education, patient care and research, have respect and compassion for all people, even the unborn, and to provide hope for those they serve, especially pregnant women who need love and support not abortions.”

If you haven’t already please sign our petition to contact the University of New Mexico (UNM) President Garnett Stokes, UNM Regents, and the UNM Medical Group. When you sign it, an email will automatically be sent to each of them:

Related: THREE part series by Tara Shaver exposing the University of New Mexico’s Radical Abortion Agenda:

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Will Democrats Vote Their Faith or Party Line?

Will Democrats Vote Their Faith or Party Line?

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, New Mexico- Today two identical radical pro-death bills are being voted upon on the New Mexico House and Senate floor, “REPEAL ABORTION BAN” SB10 (and its corresponding House Bill HB7). New Mexico Democrats have rushed both of these bills through and are set to finally strip The Criminal Abortion Statute [Section 30-5-1 NMSA 1978] off of the books in New Mexico.

If the Criminal Abortion Statute is repealed, non physicians will be able to perform invasive surgical abortions on women without their consent and conscience protections for physicians will be stripped away. In addition, if Roe V. Wade is overturned New Mexico will have lost other protections that exists in the statute that are not currently enforceable. These include making performing an abortion a 4th degree felony.

In the past, Catholic Pro-Life Democrats joined Pro-Life Republicans on the New Mexico Senate floor to defeat both of these extreme bills. However, today it will  be determined if there are any faithful Pro-Life Catholic Democrats left in power after the Democratic Party of New Mexico, run by radical leftists, purged former Pro-Life Catholic Democrats who courageously defeated this pro-death legislation in the past.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement,

“One of the biggest problems New Mexico has faced is that our legislature has been consistently comprised of unfaithful so called Christian and Catholic democrats, who support abortion and vote not based on their faith but on an agenda that promotes a culture of death. These legislators don’t even listen to their constituents, most of whom affirm life and oppose the latest of abortions for which our state is known for. Abortion Free New Mexico is urging the voters of New Mexico to contact their legislators and remind them that you can’t say you believe in Jesus but vote to kill babies.”

There are at least 8 Senate Democrats, that Abortion Free New Mexico has identified, who openly profess their Christian or Catholic faith:

  • Senator Jacob Candelaria openly brags about his Catholic faith while attacking a prominent pro-life priest, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. [Screenshot below]
  • Senator Michael Padilla has several online profiles identifying his Catholic faith. [Below he is pictured with New Mexico Archbishop John Wester.]

Archbishop of New Mexico Speaks Out

At a time when free speech in America and religious freedom is under attack in New Mexico, on Wednesday, January 20th, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe issued a statement encouraging EVERY Catholic throughout New Mexico (including any remaining faithful Catholics in public office) to utilize their first amendment rights to protect innocent life and work to end abortion, not codify it into New Mexico law. 

“As we enter into our annual day of prayer to turn hearts away from the horror of abortion, I join my brothers and sisters in Christ in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in asking the Lord of All Life to hear our fervent prayers on behalf of the unborn children who are fashioned in the very image of God. While all abortions are gravely evil, we must pray even harder here in New Mexico where late term abortions are still legal. We all have an obligation to speak for those persons in the womb who cannot speak, to act for those who cannot act. This year we will be celebrating our annual “Mass for Life” in the Diocese of Gallup. Bishops Wall, Baldacchino and I will concelebrate the Mass and join with the faithful in praying for an end to abortion and the deepening of respect for the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death. I ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for us in this vital and urgent prayer.”Archbishop John C. Wester

In addition, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops reiterated, 

“The Catholic Bishops of New Mexico oppose SB10 and also the assisted suicide bill. The Bishops are actively lobbying the legislators to oppose these bills. Please pray for the success of our work. Please call your Senator and Representative to vote no.” 

ACTION ITEM: Please contact your representative and senator TODAY here. Urgently tell them to vote “NO” on S.B. 10 and H.B. 7.

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