Busted: Texas Nurse Performing Illegal Medical Abortions, Complaints Filed

Busted: Texas Nurse Performing Illegal Medical Abortions, Complaints Filed

By Bud Shaver

El Paso, TX- In a new investigation, Abortion Free New Mexico has uncovered that a nurse at Hilltop Women’s abortion facility is performing illegal medical abortions in clear violation of Texas law. Hilltop also operates an abortion facility in Santa Teresa, NM which has come under recent scrutiny when Abortion Free New Mexico filed an FDA complaint regarding non-compliance with federal protocols for the abortion pill drug, Mifeprex.

  • The Texas Health and Safety Code Section 171.003 clearly states that “An abortion may be performed only by a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state.” 
  • Section 171.063(1) clearly states that, “the person who gives, sells, dispenses, administers, provides, or prescribes the abortion-inducing drug is a physician.”

According to Texas law only a licensed physician can perform abortions and includes medical abortions. In a recent undercover call placed to Hilltop Women’s Reproductive Clinic located in El Paso, Abortion Free New Mexico reveals that clinic manager, Gloria Martinez is performing medical abortions at a cost of $550.

Excerpt of the call placed to Hilltop Women’s Clinic

Hilltop El Paso, TX: Thank you for calling Hilltop Women’s Reproductive. How can I help you? 


Caller: Yeah. Is this your El Paso location? 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Yes ma’am.


Caller: Okay. I wanted to schedule an appointment for the abortion pill with your, female practitioner. Is her name Gloria Martinez? 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Yes. 


Caller: Can I make an appointment with her? 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Sure.


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Do you know how far in the pregnancy? 


Caller: Um, I think just about like seven weeks. 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Okay, so you qualify for the pill. 


Caller: Okay. And then how much money do I need to bring? 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: The cost for the pill is $550. 


Caller: Okay. But definitely then on Monday I’d be able to see Ms. Martinez. She could give me the pills and that’s fine. Right. 


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Yes.


Caller: I don’t have to worry about seeing what is it, doctor Theard?


Hilltop El Paso, TX: Yes.

According to the Texas Nursing Board database, Gloria Martinez is a Registered Nurse, not a licensed physician. It is shocking that someone who has taken the time to receive a nursing degree and understands the medical standards involved in practicing medicine would intentionally break the law by performing illegal medical abortions. 

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

“Gloria Martinez is not a licensed physician and should, therefore, not be administering the abortion pill to women in the state of Texas. Gloria Martinez is placing Texas women’s lives at risk by violating the state’s Health and Safety Code that was put in place to ensure patient safety. It appears as though the Hilltop Women’s abortion facilities are having trouble complying with multiple abortion pill regulations.

On September 10, 2019 Abortion Free New Mexico filed an FDA complaint against Hilltop’s New Mexico location, where Gloria Martinez is the clinic manager, for performing medical abortions in violation of FDA protocols. The FDA requires that the facilities dispensing the dangerous abortion drug 
Mifeprex, be able to diagnose ectopic pregnancies. As of December 31, 2018, there have been 24-reported deaths connected with Mifeprex use. Our undercover investigation revealed that Hilltop Women’s Clinic is not equipped to diagnose ectopic pregnancies according to their own admission.

The total disregard by Gloria Martinez, as a nurse and clinic manager, to comply with both state and federal laws is quite concerning as her negligence poses serious life threatening consequences to the unsuspecting women who believe they are being seen by a licensed physician who is following proper protocols.”

In addition to the Texas Nursing Board, Abortion Free New Mexico has submitted this complaint to the Attorney General of Texas as well.

Hopefully, these complaints filed in Texas will garner the critical attention needed to protect the lives of women. Unfortunately, most of our complaints filed in New Mexico over the past decade have fallen on deaf ears. 

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Part 2: Late Term Abortion Is Where The Money Is

Part 2: Late Term Abortion Is Where The Money Is

In a recent interview with Owen Shroyer of InfoWars, Bud Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico stated, “Late Term Abortion is where the money is.”

Read this latest report from Operation Rescue to learn why… 

In 2019 Abortion Free New Mexico partnered with Operation Rescue in their annual project to call every abortion mill in the country. The data collected is used widely to show that the numbers of abortion mills continue to decrease.

Related: 2019 Year In Review: Top 10 Highlights

Survey Results Show Disturbing Trend: More Abortion Clinics Moving into the Late-Term Abortion Business

Part Two released of Operation Rescue’s abortion facility survey report

By Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue

Washington, D.C. – Operation Rescue released the second part of a two-part report, “The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2019.” Today’s report reveals the disturbing trend that more surgical abortion facilities are now conducting abortions at later gestational stages overall.

Today, there are 710 abortion facilitiesin the U.S., comprised of 464 surgical and 245 medical abortion clinics. Of the 464 surgical abortion facilities, 177 limit abortions to 14-19 weeks gestation while 143 clinics will conduct abortion at 20 weeks gestation or later. 

Despite an overall decrease in surgical abortion facilities, these numbers represent an increase in the number of facilities willing to abort babies in the second and third trimesters of pregnancies.

“Much of the data gathered during our survey this year either debunks pro-abortion rhetoric or red-flags dangerous trends,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.  “We see women being exploited by rising prices and a rush to get abortions done.  We also see abortion becoming riskier with the new push into dangerous late-term abortions.  This information exposes areas where more can be done to save lives.”

Other noteworthy facts are revealed in Operation Rescue’s survey results.

  • The national average cost of a first-trimester abortion rose to a record high of $603 in 2019, the greatest increase in three years.  
  • The national average wait time for abortion appointments remains under a week at 6.8 days, which is more than two weeks less than it takes to arrange a first appointment with a family physician.
  • Planned Parenthood had decreased the number of abortion facilities participating in abortions at 20 weeks or more, opting instead to focus on dominating the first trimester chemical abortion market.

 Each year, Operation Rescue conducts a nationwide survey that involves contact with each abortion business in the U.S.  The information gathered about the abortion clinics and their practices represents the most accurate data available.

This most recent data was compiled by Operation Rescue, which conducted a survey of all abortion facilities in the U.S. from November 18 through December 6, 2019.

Abortion Free New Mexico leaders Bud and Tara Shaver formerly interned with Operation Rescue in 2009. Commissioned by Operation Rescue to Albuquerque in 2010, they are implementing several proven strategies, in an effort to make New Mexico, “Abortion Free.”

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

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Part 1: Nationwide Project With Operation Rescue

Part 1: Nationwide Project With Operation Rescue

In 2019 Abortion Free New Mexico partnered with Operation Rescue in their annual project to call every abortion mill in the country. The data collected is used widely to show that the numbers of abortion mills continue to decrease.


Related: 2019 Year In Review: Top 10 Highlights

“The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2019, Part One.”

The Status of American Abortion Facilities in 2019: Operation Rescue’s annual survey shows that overall, abortion facility numbers tick up.

By Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue

Washington, DC — A total of 36 abortion facilities closed nationwide in 2019, according to a survey of every abortion facility in the U.S. conducted by Operation Rescue.

In 2019, new abortion facility openings slightly outpaced closures. Today, there are a total of 710 U.S. abortion facilities, up nine facilities from 2018’s record low of 701.

However, the number of surgical abortion clinics continues to decline with seven fewer today than last year at this time, hitting a record low of 464. 

“The closer we get to ending abortion in America, the harder the Abortion Cartel will fight against our efforts to save innocent lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. 

“Our side cannot afford complacency, especially as we enter a critical presidential election year that will determine whether our national policies favor greedy abortionists or the protection of babies in the womb. The outcome of that election – as well as the fate of millions of innocent lives that hang in the balance – will be up to us.”

Other noteworthy facts were revealed by Operation Rescue’s survey. 

  • Since 2013, 367 surgical abortion facilities have permanently closed.  
  • 2019’s closures represent a staggering 79 percent drop in the number of surgicalabortion facilities nationwide since 1991, when there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities.
  • There was a net gain of nine U.S. abortion clinics in 2019.
  • Planned Parenthood doubled down as the chief supplier of abortion-inducing drugs by opening five new pill clinics, dropping surgical abortions from five others, and adding chemical abortion availability to 14 of its centers that previously did not conduct abortions. 

Each year, Operation Rescue conducts a nationwide survey that involves contact with each abortion business in the U.S.  The information gathered about the abortion clinics and their practices represents the most accurate data available.

This most recent data was compiled by Operation Rescue, which conducted a survey of all abortion facilities in the U.S. from November 18 through December 6, 2019.

Abortion Free New Mexico leaders Bud and Tara Shaver formerly interned with Operation Rescue in 2009. Commissioned by Operation Rescue to Albuquerque in 2010, they are implementing several proven strategies, in an effort to make New Mexico, “Abortion Free.”


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

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