Archives for September 2017




I’m pro-life because life is precious, children are precious. Mothers need support and education from the moment a baby is conceived. Each and every baby should be wanted, these are children, they are someone’s son, someone’s daughter. I have a strong faith and belief system that tells me we cannot separate our faith and ideological beliefs on this issue. My faith guides me to have mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and to care for the most vulnerable. Life is precious.

We must be more united within the pro-life movement, within our communities, within our churches, and within government. We need to make a positive difference in the lives of all of the children, mothers and fathers. I am saddened and troubled that our city of Albuquerque has the reputation of being the “abortion capital of the southwest” and “the late term abortion capital of the United States.”

43 states across our country have enacted bans on late term abortion and well over 70% of Americans across the country believe late term abortion should be banned. New Mexico is the least restrictive abortion state in the country and because of that people come from all over the world, especially surrounding states to obtain late term abortions, even up to the day of birth.

As Mayor, I will provide oversight over abortion businesses within the city of Albuquerque in order to ensure that these clinics meet the maximum acceptable business and health standards. I will also call upon our state leaders to stand strong for New Mexico families like the other 43 states and call for a ban on late term abortion for our state.

Early this year, I stood up and spoke out at a press conference about a United States Congressional Inquiry involving violations of laws in our city.  The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office received the 300-page United States Congressional inquiry last year from Washington D.C. reporting violations of laws in our community involving the research of fetal tissue and organs. I expressed that New Mexico Attorney General Balderas needed to act quickly on the cases presented to him that came out of that inquiry, as they all faced a diminishing time limit for prosecution of these specific violations.

The inquiry provided overwhelming evidence for the Attorney General Balderas to conduct a full investigation. Since receipt of the investigation, the opportunity for over 80 possible cases to be prosecuted has expired. Women and children in our city lost their opportunity for justice. So far, the Attorney General Balderas has not moved forward, effectively allowing these cases to go unprosecuted and eliminated as if they never existed.

This congressional evidence affects hundreds of our New Mexico families. I will continue to speak up for injustice in our city. We should always stay vigilant to ensure families, women and children in our community are protected and justice is served.

-Michelle Garcia Holmes

“Michelle Garcia Holmes is not of the political class which has consistently ignored the unrestricted abortion cartel in Albuquerque and New Mexico. I believe she is the real change we need! The 1st Female Mayor of Albuquerque can be found on the 1st line of the election ballot!” Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest

  • Born and raised in Albuquerque
  • 8 Years Chief of Staff in NM Attorney General’s Office
  • 20 Years Experience Albuquerque Police Department
  • Non Politician; independent and unencumbered
  • Pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, anti-crime

October 3rd vote for Michelle Garcia Holmes for mayor and let’s turn this city around!

How you can help:

-Contact friends and family and tell them to vote for Michelle
-Make phone calls to registered voters
-Go door to door and distribute fliers
-Hold signs/banners at busy intersections
-Pass out fliers/hold signs at the polls on October 3rd

Please call or text Grace for more information and let her know how you want to help:

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In Light of Abortion Patient Death, New Mexico Rep. Pearce Seeks Federal Investigation

In Light of Abortion Patient Death, New Mexico Rep. Pearce Seeks Federal Investigation

Albuquerque, NM – Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking an investigation and prosecution of the University of New Mexico and its partner, Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest full-term abortion facility in the U.S. Pearce’s letter expresses urgency for a Federal investigation for the following reasons:

  • The New Mexico Attorney General’s office has been too slow to act on two criminal referrals made by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, allowing many of the charges to expire under the statute of limitations. (Referral 1Referral 2)
  • The statute of limitations is quickly approaching the rest of the allegations against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options.
  • There has been one documented death of an abortion patient at Southwestern Women’s Options this year, raising concerns that the dangers at SWO must be immediately addressed.

Pearce reminded Attorney General Sessions that women travel to New Mexico from all over the country to receive abortions. This thriving abortion business, which specializes in abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, profits from interstate commerce, making the issue a federal concern.

Pearce was especially troubled about the February 4, 2017, death of Keisha Atkins from a botched late-term abortion she received at Southwestern Women’s Options.

“On February 4, 2017, a woman tragically died at SWWO facilities after receiving a late-term abortion. This raises more questions about the reckless behavior of the SWWO. In 2016 alone, the National Abortion Federation reportedly referred more than 200 Texas patients to New Mexico for abortion related procedures. With hundreds of women flocking to New Mexico to receive these dangerous procedures, something must be done” Pearce wrote.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico uncovered the death of Keisha Atkins, 23, and obtained her UNM autopsy report that wrongly indicated Atkins’ pregnancy – not her abortion – caused her death. However, an analysis of the autopsy report clearly shows that determination was a cover-up of the truth that Atkins died a painful, panic-filled death as the result of complications that could only have resulted from the late-term abortion.

On April 19, 2017, Rep. Pearce, along with several leaders from state and national pro-life organizations, including Operation Rescue, attended a press conference with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Select Panel, that called for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to act immediately on the Select Panel’s criminal referrals that allege UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options were willing partners in the sale of aborted baby remains in violation of state and federal laws.

Later that same day, Balderas’ office acknowledged during a meeting with leaders of Operation Rescue, Abortion Free New Mexico, and several other pro-life groups that the referrals were under active investigation, yet there has been little progress.

On June 26, 2017, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman sent a letter to Balderas urging him to investigate criminal allegations against UNM and SWO with all urgency, but no response to that letter was ever received.

“The delay by Balderas’ office seems intentional to protect UNM and SWO from any consequences for their actions, whether it be the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts or their participation and cover-up of death of Keisha Atkins,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As New Mexico’s ‘Top Cop,’ Balderas is committing a shocking betrayal of the citizens of New Mexico by allowing his ideological cronies in the abortion business to commit crimes without consequence. U.S. Attorney General Sessions must do better than Balderas if the rule of law and the lives of women like Keisha Atkins are to mean anything.

Read Rep. Pearce’s Letter to AG Sessions

  • Please contact the office of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and demand that the Department of Justice conduct an immediate criminal investigation of UNM and the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion business.

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Sept. 2017 Newsletter: The Inevitable has Happened

Sept. 2017 Newsletter: The Inevitable has Happened

Albuquerque, NM- This month Tara had the opportunity to speak to a group of ladies in Texarkana, TX. She was invited by a couple who attended the same Bible College as us. Our friends have been inspired by our ministry efforts in New Mexico and asked Tara to share some of the ways we have been bold and courageous in our ministry over the years.

Proverbs 28:1, tells us that “The righteous are as bold as a lion.” God can and does use our boldness as Christians to transform cities and save lives. Our pro-life journey is a testimony to this truth and it is our hope that others will be inspired to boldly live out their faith and impact their communities for life.

From San Francisco, CA where we spoke last month to Texarkana, TX this month, when you partner with us in this ministry, you are sowing into our mission of making communities all across this nation Abortion Free.

Tara in Texarkana, TX this month.

Join Us In Our Prayer for New Mexico

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

New Undercover Recording

On August 14th we released a new video with Priests for Life taken from an undercover phone call placed to Southwestern Women’s Options late term abortion facility that clearly explains how second and third trimester abortions are performed in New Mexico.

“Late term abortions are not as some say, ‘only done to save the lives of women’, they are performed to make Curtis Boyd huge profits at the expense of precious human lives,” stated Tara Shaver, Abortion Free New Mexico. In this call a $8,500 fee is quoted for an abortion at 25 weeks of pregnancy. A search of Curtis Boyd in Albuquerque shows that his abortion business has an “annual revenue of $1 to $2.5 million.”

Watch video: This Is Late Term Abortion

“Americans continue, in large majorities, to reject late term abortion,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We will continue to expose it by undercover phone calls, so that the existence of these procedures, and their utter barbarity, will be indisputable in the minds and hearts of more and more of our fellow citizens, and that they will take action to end abortion.”

In our report detailing late term abortion Tara also forewarned the dangers posed to women by the late term abortion procedure…

“Southwestern Women’s Options uses an injection to stop the hearts of pre-born babies and a concoction of several medications to artificially induce labor in women and then sends them away to wait for their child to be born dead. This precarious cocktail of medications is and has resulted in serious life threatening complications. In May 2011 a patient at Southwestern Women’s Options was rushed to the emergency room after her uterus ruptured during the very same procedure documented in this call.”

To read the full report: This Is Late Term Abortion

The Inevitable has Happened…

We received an anonymous tip from someone who cared very much about a 23 year old woman who died during a late term abortion procedure. Through a public records request we confirmed this woman’s death and what appears to be a coverup of what really happened to her at Southwestern Women’s Options.

The deaths of women during abortion are inevitable and happen more often than one might think. Women come from all across the world to Albuquerque for late term abortions and those considering coming here deserve to know the dangers they face in doing so.

We were blessed to work with Operation Rescue to uncover and alert the public to this abortion death.

Please join us in prayer that this woman’s death will bring accountability to the abortion industry in New Mexico.

“We join the family of Keisha Atkins as they grieve her death from serious complications during a late term abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options. She was a 23-year old vibrant woman with her whole life ahead of her that was tragically cut short,” stated Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico. “For years we have worked to expose the barbaric nature of late term abortion in New Mexico and sought to bring accountability to the unregulated and unaccountable Abortion Cartel. Now more than ever, we need leadership in our city and state to take a bold stand and the necessary steps to prevent the needless deaths of women and their children through late term abortion.”

Please join us for the annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children in Albuquerque

This Year our Prayer service will take place at a site in Albuquerque where two abortion victims, Ryan and Eve are buried.

  • When: Saturday, September 9th from
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Location: Sandia Memory Garden
  • Address: 9500 San Pedro Drive NE ABQ 87113

This solemn memorial service will last approximately one hour. Special guests participating in the event include Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest.

To find a location near you visit

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Love and Blessings, Bud and Tara

As full time Pro-Life Missionaries we are funded by everyday people like you. Help us continue to stand for life and expose the abortion industry in New Mexico by donating online or by sending a check made out to “Life Ministries U.S.” P.O. Box 50351, Albuquerque, NM 87181

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Thank you for your prayers and support on behalf of our ministry and our family. We love you all and keep you in our prayers.

“Seek the well being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well being you shall find your own.“ Jeremiah 29:7

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