Archives for July 2018

Fined $1,000: Free Speech Isn’t Free In Albuquerque

Fined $1,000: Free Speech Isn’t Free In Albuquerque

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- In 2015 when the liberal “progressive” Pat Davis ran for City Council in Albuquerque, we believed that voters in his district needed to know what he stood for and what a vote for him meant. Not only were we residents of District 6 at the time, but two of the three abortion facilities in Albuquerque are located in this district, the Planned Parenthood surgical facility and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Reproductive Health. However, when you utilize your constitutional first amendment rights in Albuquerque it apparently comes with a stiff $1,000 price tag.

(Back of 2015 Mailer to District 6: Mugshot of Davis’ 2013 DWI)

In spite of a lack of evidence being submitted to the city’s ethics board proving that we had violated the city’s election code, when we sent postcards to voters in district 6, we received a public reprimand and were fined $1,000. We filed an appeal with the New Mexico Court of Appeals because we believe that the city’s election code is unconstitutional. The code requires, in part, that if any individual or group spends $250 or more in support of, or in opposition to a candidate for city office, they must register with the City Clerk’s Office, submit “campaign spending” financial reports, establish separate bank accounts for any such spending, attend a mandatory meeting prior to the election, are subject to having their books audited, and comply with other administrative and regulatory requirements.

“As important as it is to show to the truth about what abortion does to women and children, it is equally important to make sure that our constitutional right to do so peacefully are also protected. The complaint filed against us by Pat Davis’ staffer was merely an attempt to block our ability to inform voters in Albuquerque what happens to women and children when radical progressives obtain public office. We must always fight to protect our rights to free speech especially during a time when the first amendment is under attack. As Christians, we are called to stand up for what we believe to be right and true,” stated Tara Shaver.

Court of Appeals Ruled Against Us

Unfortunately, the three judge panel on the Court of Appeals, (Judge Julie Vargas, Judge Monica Zamora, and Judge Linda Vanzi) ruled that the city ethics committee’s ruling, based on their pure speculation that we “must have spent more than $250,” even though there was no evidence as to how much money was spent, was correct. The Court further ruled that the committee’s failure to follow a mandatory procedural rule, which should have resulted in a dismissal of the complaint was unimportant. The Court of Appeals sent the case back to State District Court to consider the constitutional rights issues. We then agreed to dismiss the case without prejudice, meaning that we can pursue our constitutional claims in another court.

Abortion Free New Mexico’s counsel, Angelo Artuso, believes that the Albuquerque election code is not constitutional based on the ruling in New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, 611 F.3d 669, a 2010 case from the federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that New Mexico’s state campaign reporting act was unconstitutional because it automatically made anyone who spent $500 a year for “political purposes” subject to mandatory registration and reporting requirements.

“Despite the importance of free speech, especially speech concerned with political matters and elections, no one has ever challenged the City Election Code and its Measure Finance Committee requirements. The requirements are onerous and present a significant roadblock to public participation in the City election process. As such, these portions of the City Election Code need to be overturned” said Mr. Artuso.

Will you stand with us and help us pursue this matter further to protect our constitutional rights to free speech in Albuquerque? The law supports our belief that the election code is unconstitutional. In order to protect our rights and bring the case in a more suitable venue, we decided to pay the $1,000 fine.

  • Can you donate today to help us recover that cost as well as raise the $400 filing fee needed to bring our constitutional claims in U.S. District Court?

We need your help to fight back against those who want to suppress the truth about abortion in New Mexico with your best gift today.

If we don’t challenge the city’s election code we will continue to face persecution when we utilize our first amendment rights and speak on behalf of the babies who are scheduled to die in the late term abortion capital of the nation.

(Select Abortion Free New Mexico in the drop-down ministry menu)

  • The bottom line is that if you support or oppose a political candidate in Albuquerque and spend over $250.00 of your own money to voice your opinion, you ARE required to register with the city of Albuquerque and jump through numerous bureaucratic hoops. This is unconstitutional and we are prepared to challenge the existing rules. Freedom of speech should never have such a price tag on it. We want to clear the path for others like us who are compelled to speak the truth about abortion.
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Let’s Get Out The VOTE 2018

Let’s Get Out The VOTE 2018

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The November 6, 2018 New Mexico election will determine which way our state proceeds, whether it is a blessing for life or not. We believe that the Lord has provided solid pro-life and pro-family candidates but they can’t win without our help. It’s going to take all hands on deck to let our neighbors know where the candidates stand on the things that matter most to us, so please join us this weekend.

This Saturday you have the opportunity to go door to door with others who share your values to help get out the vote for pro-life candidates starting at 8:30am with a quick training, donuts and coffee at Carlos Rey Park in Westgate Heights. Then it will be door to door from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Get out the vote door to door:
Date: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Location: 1300 Delgado Drive Southwest, 87121


Please keep the pro-life candidates running for office in New Mexico in your prayers.
To help with Michelle Garcia Holmes or Steve Pearce’s campaign see contact information below.

  • To further help with Michelle Garcia Holmes campaign visit:
  • To further help with Steve Pearce’s campaign contact:
  • For more information visit:

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By Bud Shaver,

SUBSCRIBE to ABORTION FREE NEW MEXICO on YouTube HERE and share our undercover video projects so America 🇺🇸 can see the Abortion Cartel Exposed!

Albuquerque, NM- Late Term Abortion apologists want Americans to: Stop Using the Phrase “Late-Term Abortion”. Abortion Free New Mexico partnered with Priests for Life to expose that Late Term Abortion is more common in America than most people believe. In fact, our undercover project has exposed that 28 states across America perform late term abortions.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico explained, “This undercover investigation reveals that the abortion industry considers the designation of a late term abortion to begin at 20 weeks of pregnancy. This admission came from the receptionist of notorious late term abortionist, Josepha Seletz who operates Pro-Choice Medical in Beverly Hills, CA. These extreme late term abortions are occurring all across America on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies.

The 28 states that have been contacted during this undercover series are: Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Virginia, Nebraska, Connecticut, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Montana, Wyoming, California, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maryland, Colorado and New Mexico. In addition we contacted an additional late term abortion mill located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

In all, Abortion Free New Mexico and Priests for Life have released 35 videos that expose, LATE TERM ABORTION ACROSS AMERICA.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Bud and Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement,

“This investigation has exposed that 28 states and the District of Columbia are performing elective late-term abortions, some as late as 32 weeks of pregnancy, on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies.

Abortion Free New Mexico and Priests for Life stand with President Trump as he has called upon the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and send it to his desk to be signed. Precious babies’ lives depend on its passage.

Please contact your senators and ask them to support this life-saving legislation.”

Watch the undercover recordings and read the reports from our extensive project:

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As we move forward with Abortion Free New Mexico we will continue our work uncovering and documenting abortion abuses at Southwestern Women’s Options and late term abortion killing centers located ALL ACROSS AMERICA.

  • Contact Information for Abortion Free New Mexico
For more information or for the press:
Tara Shaver, Spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico
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