This month was another busy one. It never ceases to amaze us how much work there is to be done in order to be a witness for life, expose the deeds of darkness, hold abortionists accountable and share the love of Jesus Christ here in ABQ. We are thankful to be a part of what God is doing here and to those of you who continue to pray for us and our ministry efforts. May God receive all the glory, praise and honor!
(Prayer warriors outside the Rio Rancho, NM Planned Parenthood during 40 Days for Life.)
Here is a testimony from this month by sidewalk counselor Donna who joins us on Wednesdays outside of SWO:
“When I stand outside of the abortion clinic to pray and have a peaceful presence I never know who or what the Lord will bring my way. On Wednesday this week while standing outside of Southwestern Women’s Options, Albuquerque’s late term abortion clinic, a couple walked up after getting off a bus at a nearby bus stop. They stopped and looked at one of the signs depicting the true images of abortion that Bud had placed there. We asked to speak with them and when they agreed we let them know what goes on in the clinic and the fact that many women have been injured and sent to the hospital resulting from procedures performed there. The young girl said she was only there to get a free pregnancy test. We let her know that there were other, safer places to have this done that do not perform abortions. The couple said they had no more money to get on the bus and go to another location. So I asked them if I could drive them to Project Defending Life to have a test done. I praise God that we were there to give her information and help her get to a place that would value her and her baby’s life and get her help if she needs it.
Shortly after returning to the clinic a young, professional woman parked at the clinic and I asked if she would come and speak with me. I told her I didn’t know why she was there, but wanted to give her some information about the place. I let her know that even though the word “options” is in the name of the business, the only option available to women there was abortion. And that abortions are performed up until the day of delivery. Also, this clinic attracts women from around the country since the state of New Mexico allows this when other states do not. She told me she had no idea these things were going on there. She had recently earned her certificate to draw blood and since she believed this was a place that helped pregnant women she thought she would seek employment there. She said “I love life, I had no idea!” She changed her mind about applying for work there and got into her car and drove away!
All praise and glory to God! I thank Him for the work He is doing and that I can be a part of it.”
“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
(Good Friday Jericho Walk outside the ABQ Planned Parenthood, which closes the abortion clinic for the day!)
Botched Abortion At Albuquerque Late-Term Abortion Clinic Lands 14th Woman In Hospital
Albuquerque, NM – An ambulance arrived at Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and transported an abortion patient to UNM Medical Center at approximately 1:00 p.m. today, Friday, March 1, 2013.
This is the 14th medical emergency since November, 2008. The last medical emergency at SWO took place on February 7, 2013. The woman, who was reportedly from Utah, arrived at the clinic earlier in the day along with family members, but declined to converse with Bud Shaver, a pro-life activist with Project Defending Life, who was outside the abortion clinic at the time of the incident. It is believed that she was at the clinic for the final day of a late-term abortion.
We Must Never Shirk Back, Even In The Face of Seemingly Insurmountable Odds!
On March 8, myself (Tara Shaver) and Evie Jilek, general counsel for Project Defending Life, met with the city of Albuquerque’s District Attorney, Kari Brandenburg. This meeting was one of many we have recently held with various leaders throughout the state. In light of the tremendous amount of abortion injuries at local clinics, our concern is for the safety and health of women seeking dangerous third trimester abortions. When presented the facts, DA Brandenburg seemed very concerned as well. In this conversation I think it was beneficial to converse women to women about such a delicate invasive procedure. As women, we understand each other and share a common concern for one another that crosses all perceived differences of opinion. Abortion really is, at any gestation, the greatest violation of the unique miracle that only women can experience. The reason for this meeting was to address the fact that there is a criminal abortion statute in NM. One of the things this statute mandates, is that post viability abortions are to be performed in an accredited hospital.
New Investigation Shows that the Heart of Abortion Clinics Is Not “HealthCare”
By Tara Shaver
(Click on the video above to listen to the undercover call)
Albuquerque, NM — An undercover investigation of the Southwest’s largest so-called “women’s clinic” has revealed that the purpose of this clinic is not to provide women’s healthcare at all, but to sell women one product – abortion. In fact, the only option given to women at the misnamed Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is abortion. Period.
So many times people criticize pro-life activists for focusing attention on local abortion clinics, citing the many other services such clinics provide. However, at Southwestern Women’s Options, a clinic that specializes in lucrative third trimester abortions, there are no other services.
Here in Albuquerque, as we reach out to abortion-bound women outside of this late-term abortion clinic, women give us all kinds of reason as to why they are going inside. “I’m having an ectopic pregnancy removed,” “I’m here for an IUD,” “I’m getting birth control,” “I’m here for a mammogram,” “I’m here for a well woman exam,” or “I am here for STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing” are the excuses we hear from women entering the clinic on an almost daily basis. Very few women actually admit to going in for an abortion to kill their child.
The heart of the abortion industry is ABORTION, not women’s healthcare. Abortion clinics are businesses and many of them like SWO only offer abortions because that’s where the money is. With all of the talk recently about protecting women’s healthcare, we must ask ourselves, “What ‘healthcare’ services are we talking about?”
New Mexico Pro-Life Training Camp, August 2013
Project Defending Life and Survivors are pleased to officially announce the first ever Pro-Life Training Camp in Albuquerque, NM! The Survivors hold this camp every summer in Los Angeles, CA. In fact, this camp was our first pro-life experience ever and we have never been the same. The theme of the NM camp is, “What will you do to change this world? We are the pro-life generation.” Today’s young people are ready to stand for life, they just need the proper training to do so. So when it comes to training we cover all the bases from pro-life apologetics, how to plan events, sidewalk counseling we will equip these young people with all they need to stand for life. We don’t stop there though, the last part of camp is where we put all we have learned into action on the streets of ABQ and Santa Fe. If you know a young person who might like to come to camp please share the postcard below with them. If you would like one of us to promote the camp at your church among the youth group please contact us. If you would like to sponsor a young person to come to camp visit www.prolifewitness.org, go to the donate page and be sure to put 2013 camp in the message box with any donation amount. We want this camp to reach it’s full capacity so please help us spread the word. We already have young people from CA and NY coming to NM to learn how to save lives!
Please Pray :
~Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to be advocates for the women and children of New Mexico.
~For an end to abortion in New Mexico.
~For the conversion of every abortion doctor and clinic worker.
~For softened hearts of the women we speak to each day at abortion clinics.
~For the moms who have already chosen life and for the means to continue to serve them.
~For a continued grace filled and Christ centered ministry focus.
~For more opportunities to share the truth about abortion and it’s effects with the Christian community.
~For the Christian community to rise up out of apathy and a spiritual awakening.
~For more workers for this ripe harvest.
~For our safety in this spiritual battle.