Protest ABQ Stands With U.S. Congressman Pearce, “Respecting Human Life is Relevant to New Mexico”

Protest ABQ Stands With U.S. Congressman Pearce, “Respecting Human Life is Relevant to New Mexico”

By Tara Shaver,

Albuquerque, NM- Congressman Steve Pearce (R- District 2) issued a statement today in response to the Select Panel on Infant Lives’ final report and second criminal referral that was given to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. Pearce urges state and University of New Mexico leaders to address violations that have been uncovered by the panel over the course of their year long investigation.

Balderas
(New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas)
Protest ABQ appreciates Congressman Pearce’s public leadership and his demand for accountability. Respecting human life and ensuring that the rule of law is equally applied is relevant to New Mexico and and we stand with Congressman Pearce when he states,

I am here to remind UNM, SWWO, and NM Attorney General Hector Balderas that respecting human life is relevant. I am here to remind them that as a taxpayer funded institution, upholding the law and punishing violators is relevant.

Protest ABQ filed an initial complaint with the AG’s office over 500 days ago, In addition to our citizen filed complaint, Attorney General Balderas now has two congressional criminal referrals before him with regard to Southwestern Women’s Options late term abortion facility and the University of New Mexico’s involvement with the trafficking of aborted baby remains for experimental research, lack of informed consent, and potential local and federal law violations.

Congressman Pearce continues,

We have reached a critical point where UNM and the NM Attorney General must decide if the rule of law applies to everyone, or if they will remain silent and let the negligence of laws and human life become the status quo. The laws of fetal tissue procurement are exact and prescriptive, and by their own admission UNM and SWWO either don’t know the laws or don’t care about them. It is time for the leaders of UNM and the New Mexico Attorney General to ensure that illegal and unethical conduct at the expense of innocent New Mexicans is investigated and met with just punishment.

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Protest ABQ has been critical of Republican leadership for their silent indifference in the face of the barbaric treatment of New Mexico’s children living in the womb. In addition, Protest ABQ has also called out Catholic Democrats for putting their party before their faith by promoting a radical abortion agenda in New Mexico. This troubling combination has contributed in New Mexico’s shameful status as the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the country and is now embroiled in a national scandal involving the trafficking in human baby body parts at the demand of the University of New Mexico for their experimental research programs.Father Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest issued the following statement,

It is stunning how silent political and church leaders have been about UNM’s full term abortion business and relations as well as many other immoral activities undertaken by the university. Republicans are supposed to be prolife and our churches are supposed to be moral watchtowers. Equally shocking is the silence of these leaders about Catholic Democrat NM AG Hector Balderas’ failure to do his job and investigate the long list of complaints brought forth against UNM. Thank you, Congressman Pearce for leading the effort to shed light on Balderas and UNM,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Priests for Life.

Read Congressman Steve Pearce’s full press release below:

Pearce Urges UNM Board of Regents, New Mexico Attorney General to Uphold Laws and Respect for Human Life

Washington, DC (January 6, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the second criminal referral to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas was made by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, imploring state and university leaders to address the serious violations uncovered by the Panel’s investigation.

“The entire report released by the Select Panel raises serious concerns of ethical and legal violations occurring at UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options. Most troubling though is their complete disregard for regulations put in place by lawmakers to protect women and children. UNM and SWWO have created a culture where obtaining baby body parts, deceiving patients, and maintaining faculty perks are higher priorities than following laws and basic healthcare principles,” said Pearce.

During the Select Panel’s investigation an employee of SWWO and faculty member of UNM admitted that she had never received proper consent from a patient for the harvesting of baby body parts, and further acknowledged that she did not recognize the consent form SWWO and UNM provided to the Panel. Another faculty member from UNM admitted that there is no procedure in place to handle infants who are born alive during an abortion, and confirmed that there have been instances of infants exiting the womb before expected.  When asked if she was familiar with the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, she responded that she was not familiar and that she did not understand the relevancy to her practice.

“I am here to remind UNM, SWWO, and NM Attorney General Hector Balderas that respecting human life is relevant. I am here to remind them that as a taxpayer funded institution, upholding the law and punishing violators is relevant.  In the UNM Health Sciences Center Code of Ethics, Dr. Paul Roth writes that, ‘In order to maintain public trust and accountability, we adhere to the highest ethical standards and compliance in all research activities.’  So I ask Dr. Roth, the UNM Board of Regents, NM Attorney General Hector Balderas and the taxpayers of our state; is it ethical to disregard procedures that check for signs of life, such as looking for a heartbeat or giving an Apgar test? Is it ethical for UNM to obtain the body parts of aborted babies, including baby brains for a high school summer camp dissection project, without proper consent? Is it ethical to leave a baby to die without care or acknowledgement in the name of research?

We have a reached a critical point where UNM and the NM Attorney General must decide if the rule of law applies to everyone, or if they will remain silent and let the negligence of laws and human life become the status quo. The laws of fetal tissue procurement are exact and prescriptive, and by their own admission UNM and SWWO either don’t know the laws or don’t care about them. It is time for the leaders of UNM and the New Mexico Attorney General to ensure that illegal and unethical conduct at the expense of innocent New Mexicans is investigated and met with just punishment.”

The Select Panel on Infant Lives sent their first criminal referral in June of 2016 and, after finding more evidence of violations in the procedures of fetal tissue procurement by the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, sent their second criminal referral in December 2016

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