March 2017 Newsletter: Protest ABQ Triggers New Season With New Campaign…

March 2017 Newsletter: Protest ABQ Triggers New Season With New Campaign…

By Bud and Tara Shaver

The abortion cartel in New Mexico has been operating by it’s own standards for far too long, and now the state’s publicly funded university, UNM is involved in an unspeakable scandal of using aborted baby remains, for experimental research, from one of the most notorious late term abortion facilities in the nation. This requires immediate action and without peaceful and prayerful pressure there may never be any progress in this matter of life and death that weighs heavily on the state.

Protest ABQ sponsored a press conference and peaceful protest at the state capital building in Santa Fe this month for our official launch of “Investigate and Prosecute” the New Mexico Abortion Cartel campaign. This campaign is aimed at urging New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate complaints and referrals submitted to him regarding the out of control abortion cartel in the state. New Mexico politicians have forgotten that they work for us and have been entrusted with the task of enacting and enforcing laws that bring justice to the oppressed. Our leaders will continue to turn a blind eye unless we show them that this is unacceptable in New Mexico.

Highlights  (Pictures and Video): ‘Investigate & Prosecute’ Protest and Press Conference

(Santa Fe, NM- Protest and Press Conference “Investigate and Prosecute” Campaign Launch)

(Prayer and Protest outside NM Attorney General’s Santa Fe Office)

#DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM

The national #DefundPP protest in Albuquerque, was a huge success. The event was sponsored locally by Protest ABQ. Close to 300 turned out to protest Planned Parenthood!

Full recap with pictures and video: #DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM 

(Albuquerque, NM- #DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood)

(Albuquerque, NM- #DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood)

“Investigate and Prosecute”

Several other protests were held throughout the month as we debuted new signs on the truth truck. We lit up the darkness in Albuquerque neighborhoods, overpasses and thousands saw the truth about what abortion does to children and who is perpetuating this injustice in NM.

Highlights from this past month: 

On the Streets With Protest ABQ

AG Campaign Triggers Catholic Democrats…

(Refitted Truth Truck)

Protest ABQ Is Impacting New Mexico Policy…

(Angelo Artuso, Tara Shaver, and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato)

In addition to visiting New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’s office during our “Investigate and Prosecute” the New Mexico Abortion Cartel Campaign Launch, Protest ABQ’s Senior Attorney, Angelo Artuso, (Pictured- above- with Tara and Fr. Imbarrato) testified in Santa Fe during a House Education Committee hearing.

HB 267 is a bill that we’re keeping an eye on. If passed without further amendments it would make public university research records unattainable by the public. This bill is a dangerous overreach of the legislature and needed to be exposed, so we asked our pro-life friends to contact the republican sponsor of the bill…

Apparently the GOP in New Mexico doesn’t like being held accountable, our “tactics” (of simply urging the public to call the bill’s sponsor to amend the wording) was deemed to be an attack against this representative. Where is the transparency in government that is so needed? Where is the humility of leaders to admit their mistakes and work to correct them in public service to those who elected them? Both are surely needed here. Please pray for our leaders.

Excerpt from NM Political Report regarding HB 267 Committee Hearing

“Angelo Artuso warns that a move by lawmakers to shield some university research from the public eye could lead to harrowing consequences. At a Wednesday morning House committee hearing, Artuso invoked some of history’s darkest state-sanctioned university research projects. For decades, researchers at Tuskegee University studied the effects of syphilis by pretending to offer infected Black men free health care. And several colleges and universities from the early 1950s until 1973 were involved in Project MKUltra, a CIA program that used drugs like LSD unknowingly on human subjects to experiment with mind control.

Programs like those, involving government-funded atrocities at institutions of higher learning,  Artuso maintained, would remain hidden at New Mexico public higher education institutions under a bill sponsored by state Reps. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, and Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe. The bill, now stalled in the committee, seeks to make ‘proprietary information and research data’ held by public colleges and universities not public.​‘This bill erects a pretty strong wall of secrecy on any records deemed research by universities,’ Artuso told lawmakers at Wednesday’s hearing.”

Read the full coverage from New Mexico Political Report: Effort to make college research secret stalls over fears it goes too far

Love and Blessings, Bud and Tara

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.

Ways to be a blessing for life in the new year:

-Become a monthly financial partner securely online here.

-Give a one-time financial gift from your income tax return.

-Host us for a “Missionary Meet and Greet” in your home by inviting friends to learn about our family and our work here in New Mexico.

“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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URGENT ACTION ITEM: Oppose HB 267

URGENT ACTION ITEM: Oppose HB 267

Action Needed to prevent bill that will hinder transparency at UNM and other research Universities.

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- One of the many obstacles we face here in New Mexico is the lack of transparency. The University of New Mexico (UNM), in particular, is notorious for keeping things they don’t want brought to light, hidden from members of the public that fund them with their tax dollars. Rep. Jason Harper (R) from Rio Rancho is sponsoring a bill that will further protect UNM and other research Universities from being transparent and held accountable by public citizens.

“Instead of demanding more accountability and being more vocal about the University of New Mexico’s radical abortion agenda that is being funded by taxpayers, it is disconcerting that some Republicans are attempting introduce legislation that will provide more cover and less transparency. With this latest development coming to light, it is becoming more apparent that the Abortion Cartel in New Mexico is being given aid and cover by both the Republicans and Democrats,” stated Bud Shaver, executive director of Protest ABQ.

HB 267 the Exempt College Certain Proprietary Info Act seeks to prevent citizens from obtaining certain “proprietary” information through inspection of public records requests (IPRA). The language used in this bill is so broad that UNM and others could shut down IPRA requests by claiming that the information being sought fits the following criteria when in fact it does not.

“data, records or information of a proprietary nature produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of a public post-secondary educational institution in the conduct of or as a result of study or research on medical, scientific, technical or scholarly issues where such data, records or information has not been publicly released, published, copyrighted or patented;

In a free and open society, it is a fundamental right of every citizen to obtain and inspect public records especially from publicly funded institutions, like UNM. However, HB 267 will hinder that process and ultimately protect UNM and their radically pro-abortion agenda from public accountability that is already unchecked at every turn.

Angelo Artuso, attorney for Protest ABQ issued the following statement:

“HB 267 contains a dangerous amendment that will, in all likelihood, prevent the sort of public information that has been obtained over the years by local activists, showing UNM’s relationship with Southwestern Women’s Options and their collaboration in harvesting and utilizing aborted baby remains in research. On its face, the statute is too broad. Who will decide if the information obtained from a private party or entity is “proprietary?”  What does that mean?  Who decides whether information produced or collected by the University is properly considered “proprietary?”  ​

There are too many questions surrounding this bill and too much at stake should it pass. For these reasons we ask you to contact Rep. Harper and ask him to withdraw this bill until he can work with someone who can amend it properly so that it doesn’t infringe upon a citizens right to have access to and inspect public records.

Rep. Jason Harper
505-986-4227   
JasonHarperNM@gmail.com

HB 267 is set to be heard in the House Education Committee on Friday, February 17, 2017. In addition, please contact these committee members and ask them to oppose HB267.

House Education Committee Members: 

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
505-986-4846   stephanie.garciarichard@nmlegis.gov

Rep. G. Andrés Romero
505- 986-4433  andres.romero@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado
505-986-4226  alonzo.baldonado@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Jim Dines
505-986-4242   jim.dines@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Jimmie C. Hall
505-986-4215    jimmie.hall@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Rick Little
505-986-4220  Ricklittleforrep@gmail.com

Rep. Dennis J. Roch
505-986-4227   denroch@hotmail.com

Rep. Tomás E. Salazar
505-986-4436   tomas.salazar@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Debra M. Sariñana
505-986-4464   debbie.sarinana@nmlegis.gov

Rep. James E. Smith
505-986-4233   jim@jimsmithnm.com

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
505-986-4780   sheryl.stapleton@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Christine Trujillo
505-986-4249   christine.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

Rep. Linda M. Trujillo
505-986-4255   linda.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

Sample Wording and Email Addresses to simply Copy/Paste:

In a free and open society, it is a fundamental right of every citizen to obtain and inspect public records especially from publicly funded institutions, like UNM. However, HB 267 will hinder that process and ultimately protect UNM and other universities from providing transparency regarding experimental research that is important for the public to know about.

In the interest of public accountability and oversight, please oppose HB 267.

JasonHarperNM@gmail.com
stephanie.garciarichard@nmlegis.gov
andres.romero@nmlegis.gov
alonzo.baldonado@nmlegis.gov
jim.dines@nmlegis.gov
jimmie.hall@nmlegis.gov
Ricklittleforrep@gmail.com
denroch@hotmail.com
tomas.salazar@nmlegis.gov
debbie.sarinana@nmlegis.gov
jim@jimsmithnm.com
sheryl.stapleton@nmlegis.gov
christine.trujillo@nmlegis.gov
linda.trujillo@nmlegis.gov

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#DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM

#DefundPP Protest Planned Parenthood Albuquerque, NM

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The national #DefundPP protest in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a huge success. The event was sponsored locally by Protest ABQ. Close to 300 turned out to protest Planned Parenthood!

Video footage captured  on location  filmed the protest for over 14 minutes which kept… going and going!

There was a diverse representation of the pro-life community who peacefully and prayerfully came together with a unified voice demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded and closed down!

Including New Mexico, pro-life activists in 45 states and over 200 locations all across America protested Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider on February 11, 2017 and called upon Congress and the 45th president, Donald J. Trump to defund the abortion giant. While a majority of Americans are fed up with their hard earned tax dollars being used to prop up an abortion industry that is killing children, as of publishing time I have heard NO reports of pro-lifers rioting, looting, smashing windows, destroying property, setting fires, attacking anyone, or being arrested in ANY of the 200 locations nationwide…

That’s because the pro-life movement is a peaceful and prayerful protest movement! 

Most locations reported pro-abortion counter protestors that showed up in support of Planned Parenthood who were vulgar and aggressive. In fact, in Washington D.C. Father Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest reported that the pro-abortion mobs linked arms and attempted to block their pro-life procession at every intersection on their route from the U.S. Supreme Court to a mega Planned Parenthood in D.C. The belligerent pro-aborts pushed and shoved the peaceful pro-lifers but fortunately they had a police escort to keep their procession clear of obstruction!

Reverend Patrick Mahoney published a video capturing the rowdy agitators, “Pro choice demonstrators Blocking our pro-life march and prayer service.”

In stark contrast to violent pro-abortion counter protestors, USA Today reported from the #DefundPP protest in Tempe Arizona,

Lisa Blevins, who organized the anti-Planned Parenthood protesters, said she has protested at the Planned Parenthood Tempe location every weekend for more than a year.

“We’re peaceful, prayful people. We are based on prayer. We respond to them (the other protesters) by praying for and blessing them,” she said. “We listen to them and we stay in peaceful prayer.”

Here are some pictures from #DefundPP in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thanks to everyone who came out to stand in solidarity with one another for life!
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