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Unborn The Last Unprotected Group

Unborn The Last Unprotected Group

Washington D.C.- On July 4, 2019 President Donald J. Trump issued one of his best speeches, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, beautifully detailing the American struggle for freedom, liberty, and justice for all over our 243 year history. The quote from George Washington that he shared during this speech, came at the time when the continental army was surrounded and facing insurmountable odds. They had recently declared their independence and the stakes could not have been greater. The British army was eager to crush the American resistance in its infancy.

On August 27, 1776 General George Washington stated,

“The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission.”

That American spirit of triumph over adversity in the pursuit of a brighter future for all has fueled past generations to overcome their deeply entrenched cultural grievances. 

While we have come so far as a nation, there is still one class of Americans mentioned prophetically by George Washington that has even greater significance today in 2019.

  • “The fate of unborn millions now depend on [our] courage and conduct.”

Bud Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement after the Red Rose Rescue held in Washington D.C. on March 19, 2019,

“I appeal to President Donald Trump in hopes that he will continue to lead the charge in changing the heart of our nation so that our laws can be reformed to protect pre-born life in the womb. While we anticipate the overturning of Roe vs.Wade, we eagerly urge you to issue a presidential executive action through a Personhood Proclamation to give constitutional protection and personhood to the pre-born.”

See below a well written opinion piece that was recently published in the Albuquerque Journal by our friend and fellow pro-life activist Sid Gutierrez that emphasizes the need for personhood and protection of unborn millions, the last unprotected group in America.

Unborn the last unprotected group 

(This article was published in the Albuquerque Journal on June 17, 2019)


The debate over abortion, interrupted by a Supreme Court decision almost half a century ago, is finally beginning anew. And it will not go away until some sort of a national consensus is achieved. Some are attempting to achieve this consensus by articulating reasoning based on science and enumerated rights in the Constitution. A quick review of videos on the Internet confirms that others have not moved beyond yelling, bullying and outright violence. Since we know the latter will not result in consensus, let’s look at the science and enumerated rights.

The science is clear. The fetus is a human being. The standard medical text “Human Embryology and Teratology” states, “Although human life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is formed.” The textbook “The Developing Human” states, “Human life begins at fertilization.” I could add 40 more references.

Abortion-rights author David Boonin in his book “A Defense of Abortion” acknowledges, “A human fetus after all is simply a human being at a very early stage of development.”

So, if the consensus is to be based on science and morality, the decision is simple. Taking an innocent human life is immoral. There is no justification. A child is not responsible for the circumstances for her conception, so rape, incest, poverty and being unwanted are not grounds for taking a human life. Likewise, mental illness or physical deformities are not justification for killing a human being.

But Roe v. Wade was not based on morality. Justice (Harry) Blackmun claimed to base it on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. This created a sticky situation since the 14th Amendment explicitly states, “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Justice Blackmun acknowledged this in Roe v. Wade when he wrote: “The (state of Texas) argue(s) that the fetus is a ‘person’ within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well-known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, (Jane Roe’s) case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.”

This – the question of personhood – is the core issue to be resolved in this debate over abortion. All other issues are used by one side or the other to distract from the central question. Based on the words of the author of the Roe v Wade decision, if the fetus is a person, then the fetus is protected in all circumstances by the 14th Amendment.

So, the question we need to resolve and reach a consensus on is actually very simple: We know a fetus is a human being, the question is: Are all human beings persons? And if not a person, what would this human being be?

History gives us some possible answers. In the infamous Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court found a human being – a slave – to be property. During much of the early history of our country, owing to their non-person status, Native Americans were almost exterminated. But on issues of human rights, history says Americans eventually get it right. If we can agree that all humans are persons, we can resolve this divisive issue and finally bring protection to the last unprotected group – the unborn.

(Col. Sid Gutierrez, retired NASA astronaut pilot of the Space Shuttle Columbia and Commander of the Endeavour)   

Sid Gutierrez is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives about 100 yards from where he grew up. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He earned an MA in Management from Webster University. He is retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel where he flew the F-15, F-16, T-38 and many other aircraft while serving as a fighter pilot, test pilot, and instructor pilot. He joined NASA as an astronaut in 1984 and flew as the Pilot of Columbia on STS-40 and Commander of the Endeavour on STS-59. He then served in several leadership positions at a national laboratory before retiring again to become an entrepreneur and spend more time with his grandchildren and the Pro-Life ministry. He and his wife of 42 years have three children and six grandchildren. They are devoted to the Sanctity of Human Life and are particularly interested in helping single Moms who have chosen life for their children. Sid has served on the Board of a state university, several for profit companies and multiple charities dedicated to helping those in need.

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“Three Pence Per Pound” What Is Your Final Straw?

“Three Pence Per Pound” What Is Your Final Straw?

By Bud Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- July 4th is a day where America comes together to celebrate our freedom that so many have fought and sacrificed their all and paid the ultimate price to defend. In 1776 men and women defied tyranny and forged a new independent nation founded on Christian values and Biblical precepts. 

  • Many of our Founding Fathers graduated from seminaries, and were considered church elders/church officers when they penned the Declaration of Independence.

“Three pence per pound” 

…that was the final straw that sparked the “Tea Party” (America’s first and most famous) protest and our independence as a nation! The American colonies were being taxed without representation and our (Christian leader) forefathers finally said enough!
Fast forward to 2019: $17,000 tax funded ABORTION… In New Mexico we are being forced to fund abortion with our tax dollars!  

In fact, the University of New Mexico is the heart of the abortion cartel in our state and they are using our tax dollars to fund their radical abortion agenda…

  • What is your final straw?

Today we should celebrate our freedom with our friends and family, and tomorrow join us as we exercise our freedom of speech and assembly in defiance of the tyranny and oppression of abortion!

Faith to Action Friday 

Join Abortion Free New Mexico and local pro-lifers from a wide diversity of groups this Friday (July, 5 2019) at the UNM- Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH) abortion killing center from 9-10AM (MT).

Now more than ever, we need to pray collectively, publicly, and strategically. This Friday you can do just that. Not only do the women and families entering UNMCRH need our love and resources, but your presence is needed so that the community will know how their tax dollars are being used, your presence also has the ability to have an economic impact on the surrounding businesses so that they stand up and kick UNMCRH out, and your presence can also help reform the University of New Mexico so that they will get out of the abortion business!

Let’s stand together for life and strategically step out in faith to transform our community.

  • Join us  for “Faith to Action Friday” on July 5, 2019 from 9-10AM
  • The UNMCRH free standing abortion clinic is located at 2301 Yale Blvd in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Parking is available on Renard (off Yale)
  • ​Everyone is welcome to join us for this peaceful presence.​

If you can not join us this Friday, we still need your help.

“Not My Money, Not My UNM”
  • Do you know any UNM alumni that are pro-life? 
  • Do you know any pro-life business owners that financially support UNM? 
  • We are launching a campaign “Not My Money, Not My UNM”
  • Click here if you would like to help.

UNM is at the heart of the abortion cartel in New Mexico, as a publicly funded institution UNM consistently promotes a culture of death and is actively training the next generation of abortionists…

If you can’t join us this Friday, please keep our efforts in your prayers that hearts will be touched and eyes will be open to the truth about abortion in New Mexico.

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Still Here, Still Going Strong

Still Here, Still Going Strong

By Bud Shaver

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for standing with us for LIFE in New Mexico! June marked 9 years of ministry for us in New Mexico. 

Thanks to your prayers and support we are still going strong!

This month, our family joined our friends the Martin’s (new leaders of Sidewalk Advocates for Life ABQ) for a special prayer and repentance service in Mountainair, NM. This community is taking seriously the spiritual implications of the illegal abortions that were performed there and how a culture of death is impacting them so many years later. 

  • Stay tuned for all the details in an expose coming soon… 

As a missionary family we are always blessed to have the opportunity to connect with local Christians who are passionately engaging our community with the gospel of Christ and are committed to pray and work alongside us as we strive to build an Abortion Free New Mexico. Believing together, that our God is able to transform this city and state as we boldly step out in faith.

We had a table this month in Valencia County, south of ABQ, to meet folks attending a fundraiser for the Federated Republican Women whose primary goal is to elect pro-life candidates. We met lots of new friends and had a raffle for a pro-life bundle that included the book “Abortion Free” written by our friends Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue.


Tara and I have pretty much done a little of everything over the past 9 years of pro-life ministry here in Albuquerque, New Mexico… including hosting our own Pro-Life Radio Show! This wasn’t an online based show but a live weekly radio show hosted locally in Albuquerque on El Camino ABQ Radio AM 1310!

New Mexico is known nationally as theLate-Term Abortion Capital of the World, and while there really hasn’t been any legislative solutions to stop abortions, we discuss stats with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest on our radio show back in 2014 that indicate that there has been significant decrease in abortions in New Mexico (from 2010-2014) that can ONLY be attributed to faithful pro-life public awareness campaigns and sidewalk counseling efforts over the years. We also discuss the University of New Mexico’s radical abortion agenda.

While we may be powerless to stop all abortions in New Mexico legislatively we can end abortion ONE WOMAN, ONE BABY, ONE DAY AT A TIME; standing together in solidarity bringing the love and unity of Christ out to the abortion killing centers in our community! This month we continued our prayerful, public outreach out at the University of New Mexico’s freestanding abortion killing center, UNM Center for Reproductive Health.

Faith To Action Friday

Abortion Free New Mexico was joined by Sidewalk Advocates for Life ABQ, Abolish Human Abortion ABQ, the Knights of Columbus, Connection Church, Olive Tree Messianic Fellowship, Calvary Chapel East and other pro-life groups and Churches for public prayer and outreach this month.
  • Light up the darkness and transforming culture through unified prayer and action…

UNM is at the heartof the abortion cartel in New Mexico, as a publicly funded institution UNM consistently promotes a culture of death and is actively training the next generation of abortionists through the Ryan Residency training program. Babies are killed each week at this location up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, many of whom could survive outside the womb if born this late in the pregnancy.

Please Join Us for Faith to Action Fridays: 

  • Time: 9-10am 
  • Location: 2301 Yale Blvd SE. Albuquerque, NM 87106 (Park on Renard St.)

Tara exposed UNM’s radical abortion agenda in a 3 part series. 

Look What Survivors Camp Did For Us!

Twelve years ago in 2007 our lives were forever changed! Tara and I were working in an apartment ministry in Flagstaff, Arizona when we went to Spirit West Coast with a group of college students. After watching our favorite Christian bands…  

Tara simply took information at a pro-life booth and the rest is history!   

Driving back to Flagstaff, AZ from San Diego, California our hearts were penetrated with the reality of the Abortion Holocaust that has taken 1/3rd of our generation!

We prayed a simple prayer, 

 “Lord we commit our lives to your service to work to end this grave injustice until you call us home with you, or until abortion is ended in America. Use us as you see fit we humbly pray.”

The pro-life booth that Tara took information from was Survivors of the Abortion Holocaustand in addition to pro-life facts, it included an invitation to their annual pro-life training camp. We attended their camp in 2007 and our lives have never been the same. We never looked back and have been fulfilling our commitment to God, to work to end abortion, ever since! 

After attending the pro-life training camp in 2007 we moved to Riverside California in 2008 to work with Survivors as assistant Directors of the Campus Life Tour where we toured the country visiting over 180 college campuses and High Schools from 2008-2009. After that, we moved to Wichita Kansas to work as interns with Operation Rescue from 2009-2010 and have been full-time pro-life missionaries working in Albuquerque New Mexico from 2010 until the present (2019).  

Join Bud Shaver in Washington D.C. This Year!

Bud Shaver ofAbortion Free New Mexico and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato director of Life Ministries US will be leaders at this years camp in our nation’s capital and they would like you to join them in the action! Life Ministries US is providing a full scholarship to THREE pro-life youth from Albuquerque, New Mexico and would like to sponsor at least TWO more! 

  • Do you know any young people who you’d like to see activated to stand up for the pre-born? There are still open spots available at camp and on the van that is driving from California to DC.
  • Please share this information with any pro-life families you know!

Survivors Annual Pro-Life Bootcamp will forever change the lives of the young people who attend! They will build lifelong friendships with other young people who want to do more than “Be Pro-life” they will want to “Act Pro-life”!!!  

  • WHEN: July 16 – 26, 2019  
  • WHERE: Washington D.C.  
  • WHO: High school and college-age youth (ages 14 -25 yrs. old)  
  • HOW MUCH: Camp fee is $475, but there are many ways to come to camp at little or no cost to you. Camp fee includes food, lodging, training materials, and transportation once you have arrived at camp.
  • For More information visit:

Thank you for standing with us for life!

We are a Christian missionary family serving in Albuquerque, NM. Putting our faith into action, for the past 8 years we have exposed Albuquerque as the late term abortion capital of the nation and have worked to bring accountability to an unregulated abortion industry that is killing children in their mothers wombs up to the day of birth.

In order to be the most effective in our pro-life ministry, we do this important work full time while homeschooling our children and raising them to have a biblical worldview. We rely solely on the provision of the Lord and individuals like you to provide for our daily needs.

We are pursuing and working toward an abortion free New Mexico, where every pre-born child is valued and protected.

We would be blessed to have you partner with us in this ministry. Your prayers and support are invaluable.

*You can schedule a secure monthly or one time tax deductible donation online. Simply select Bud and Tara- Pro-Life Witness from the drop down ministry menu.

Or mail checks made out to Life Ministries U.S. to:
P.O. Box 50351
Albuquerque, NM 87181
Earmark: Pro-Life Pin

*Checks made out to Life Ministries U.S. are tax deductible.

We thank the Lord for you and pray for you. Please feel free to send us your specific prayer requests in the return envelope or by email. 

Blessings, Bud and Tara Shaver

Please pray with us for New Mexico and our Nation
  • God to show us the weakest links of the last 5 of New Mexico’s abortion facilities so that we can effectively work toward the closure of New Mexico’s last remaining abortion facilities.
  • Christians to engage the culture war and for churches to be open to education and voter registration.
  • Please pray for wisdom, guidance and strategy for us as parents and as missionaries.
  • Effective collaboration between like minded groups in New Mexico to end abortion, educate and effect future elections.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for God’s people to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133)

Thank you!

We couldn’t do this important work without God’s calling and hand upon us as well as your faithful prayers and support. 

  • Please pray for wisdom, guidance and strategy for us as parents and as missionaries.
  • We couldn’t do this important work without God’s calling and hand upon us as well as your faithful prayers and support. 

Other ways to sow into an Abortion Free New Mexico

We’re humbled to have you partner with us in our ministry here in New Mexico.

  • May the Lord bless you and your family. Know that you are always in our prayers.
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