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Since 2007 Bud and Tara Shaver have been dedicated in their work to see an end to abortion in America. Commissioned by Operation Rescue to Albuquerque in 2010, they are implementing several proven strategies, in an effort to make New Mexico, “Abortion Free.” They have redefined the American mission field and their Pro-Life efforts have been featured in virtually EVERY major news source in the country. Bud and Tara strive to keep Christ at the center of their efforts.

Our ministry is Christ centered and grace filled. There are many ways to get involved, our prayer is that you will join us in our life saving ministry. Bud and Tara Shaver

The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico’s most prominent newspaper did a profile piece on their efforts:

Albuquerque’s anti-abortion crusaders

(Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

“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 andembraces a culture of life.”

Read the full profile piece by the Albuquerque Journal: Bud and Tara Shaver take no prisoners in their ‘culture of life’ campaign

Since moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010 our work has consistently led national Pro-Life efforts in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016:

Top Ten Victories of 2011:  #3 New Mexico Abortion Cartel Exposed

After the closure of the late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, KS, Operation Rescue learned that two of the abortionists from the Kansas clinic were relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two of our interns, Bud and Tara Shaver, felt the call of God to move to Albuquerque and work to stop abortions there. The Shavers now work with Project Defending Life, a group that works in cooperation with Operation Rescue to expose abortion abuses in New Mexico.

Together, the groups uncovered and exposed a series of 911 calls that were evidence of life-threatening abortion complications at two Albuquerque abortion clinics. Complaints were filed with the Medical Board and the investigation into these unsafe clinics is progressing. In addition, the role of the University of New Mexico in the abortion industry has been fully documented, and efforts are underway to convince the UNM Regents to cease all participation in abortion and abortion training.

Year in Review: Top Ten Victories from 2012

Shelley Sella, faced a disciplinary hearing before the New Mexico Medical Board in November for gross negligence in a 35 week abortion where Sella overused uterine contracting drugs on a woman with a history of a previous Caesarian Section, resulting in a ruptured uterus. Sella faces possible license revocation. The injury was discovered when former OR intern Tara Shaver obtained the 911 call records. OR and Mrs. Shaver filed complaints resulting in the Board action.

2013:  Bud and Tara Shaver Named Operation Rescue’s 2013 Pro-Life Persons of the Year

Albuquerque, NM – Pro-life missionaries Bud and Tara Shaver, of Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been named as recipients of the 2013 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award in recognition of their outstanding work in bringing the matter of late-term abortions into the national spotlight.

After an internship with Operation Rescue, the Shavers moved to Albuquerque in 2010 to expose late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options, one of the few abortion clinics in the nation that openly conduct abortions throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Tara’s ground-breaking research documented evidence of numerous life-threatening abortion emergencies and other abuses at that late-term abortion facility. She also uncovered that state taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for late-term procedures at the cost of thousands of dollars each.

Information gathered by the Shavers became the basis of a citizen’s petition to amend the City of Albuquerque’s charter to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when babies are known to feel pain. That initiative was the first-ever attempt to ban an abortion procedure at the municipal level. Tara and Bud Shaver spearheaded a grass roots signature drive that garnered a record 27,000 in just 20 days to place the late-term abortion ban on the ballot, then established a Political Action Committee that campaigned in favor of it.

While the Albuquerque Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance failed to pass during a November 19 city-wide vote, the Shavers, who served as national media spokespersons for the effort, contributed significantly to an increased awareness of late-term abortions in New Mexico an across the nation.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

2014: Project Defending Life Launches New Campaign, PROTEST ABQ 

Group launches new anti-abortion campaign (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

“As we move forward in Albuquerque, we realize that abortion will end in our city and state, when hearts are touched and minds are changed concerning the killing of the most innocent and defenseless children in our state, those in the womb. PROTEST ABQ is a way to raise this public awareness. If we accomplish nothing else, we must succeed in protesting the evil of our generation…legalized child killing,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director at PROTEST ABQ.

Major Pro-Life Groups Call for a National Strike and Protests to End Abortion (Protest ABQ)

Hardcore interview with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato and Tara Shaver laying out the vision, purpose and plans of Protest ABQ‘s National Call To Action: National Protests & National Strike Jan. 22-23, 2015!
Special thanks to Spectrum for having them on their show!

“Spectrum Daily 1-5-15 with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato & Tara Shaver”

Note: The Interview in Spectrum starts at time 13:40 – if you would like to skip forward, click here.

Protest ABQ is already making an impact both locally and nationally! To read (and) watch news coverage:

(Picture cropped and “orange-screen” added by New Mexico Political Report)

2015: Activists plan to push lawmakers for abortion restrictions (New Mexico Political Report)

New Mexico Baby Body Parts Scandal Timeline Recap (Protest ABQ)


Anti-abortion groups want probe of fetal tissue disposition in N.M. (Albuquerque Journal)

Abortion protestors target ABQ Planned Parenthood (Albuquerque Journal)

Largest Protest Of Planned Parenthood EVER in New Mexico and Across USA (Protest ABQ)

(Picture from the Albuquerque Journal)

2016: Reinforcements Arrive: House Panel Issues Criminal Referral to NM Attorney General (Protest ABQ)

House recommends criminal charges against New Mexico late-term abortion clinic (Washington Times)

Congressional Investigation Documents University of New Mexico’s Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue (National Catholic Register)

Albuquerque’s anti-abortion crusaders: Bud and Tara Shaver take no prisoners in their ‘culture of life’ campaign (Albuquerque Journal)

(Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

JUST RELEASED: Inside New Mexico Reproductive Health Clinics (FGGAM)

3 Part Series- Inside New Mexico Reproductive Health Clinics

FULL FEATURE- Inside NM Reproductive Health Clinics

2017: Protest ABQ Campaign Comes to an End (Protest ABQ)

Official Launch of Abortion Free New Mexico on April 18, 2017 (Pro-Life Witness)

Please keep our efforts in your prayers and consider supporting our LIFE saving work. Your financial support will keep us in the trenches and make it possible for us to continue our fight for LIFE!


Or make Checks out to: Bud and Tara Shaver
P.O. Box 50351 Albuquerque, NM 87181

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  1. I just learned of your work in NM from an article from Church Militant dotcom. I live in northern NM and am wondering how I can help you and your efforts.

  2. Pamela Hamblin says:

    I am a retired attorney that formerly volunteered for several with Albuquerque RIght to Life. I would be very interested in volunteering to help your efforts. I don’t mind stuffing envelopes, going to protests, calling, anything, to help the unborn children.

  3. Morrele Rust says:

    How do I join you in stopping abortions in NM? I can donate but would like to be physically involved.

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