Dramatic Reversal: Abortion Protests Lead to Promising Public Policy Shift in New Mexico

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM — The first-ever National Strike for Life, held on January 22-23 was an astounding success, especially in New Mexico, where the idea for the two-day strike first originated.

One of the most impressive developments to come out of the event was a dramatic change in heart of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who campaigned as a pro-life supporter, but has been reticent in the past to take any action to make abortion facilities more accountable in her state where clinics have no oversight and abortions are legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

“There are literally no abortion laws in New Mexico. There’s no waiting period, no parental notification, and no safety standards or inspections. There’s no limits on abortion whatsoever. Because of this ‘Wild West’ attitude toward abortion, babies are killed in Albuquerque up until the day before birth,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, co-author of the new book, Abortion Free, which describes how to end abortion one community at a time. “Women and babies who should be protected by law are vulnerable prey to unscrupulous abortion mills that exploit the moms and take the lives of their babies for profit. It is only reasonable to call on the Governor for reforms.”

Now, a remarkable turn-around has taken place as a result of a year of focused protests culminating in last week’s National Strike for Life. Led by Protest ABQ’s Bud and Tara Shaver, who once interned for Operation Rescue, and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, the protests weren’t always popular.

In fact, last June, Martinez’s Re-Election Campaign Manager and Chief Campaign Strategist, Jay McCleskey, became tired of the protests that begged for help from Martinez in protecting women and babies from late-term abortions and confronted the pro-life activists – including the Shavers — stating, “You are all pieces of S***!”

Bishops speak out

But during the Catholic Bishop’s annual prayer breakfast with legislators on January 21, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, joined in Project ABQ’s call for abortion reforms and urged the New Mexico Legislature to pass a bill that would ban abortions at 28 weeks, or in the third trimester of pregnancy. So important is this new bill that the Bishops of New Mexico have made it their top legislative priority.

“It seems very reasonable after 28 weeks to have a bill for restrictions,” stated Archbishop Sheehan.

With the Republicans now in control of the House in New Mexico after years of domination by pro-abortion Democrats, for the first time the bill actually has the potential of passing.

Governor relents

Just two days after Archbishop Sheehan’s speech, Gov. Martinez relented of her previous inaction and went on the record in support of the bill banning late-term abortions. In addition, her spokesman noted that she also believes parents should be notified before a minor can have an abortion and went on the record with her support of Parental Notification legislation.

Albuquerque Journal supports late-term abortion ban vote

Then on Monday, January 26, the Albuquerque Journal published an editorial calling on the Legislature to put a late-term abortion ban to a vote. This is remarkable, given the newspaper’s opposition to the 2012 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in the City of Albuquerque, where the largest late-term abortion facility in America, Southwestern Women’s Options, dangerously operates.

“In 2013, 42 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, a Gallup poll found a nation still deeply divided – 47 percent said they were pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life. But in the same poll, just 14 percent thought abortion should be legal in the last three months of pregnancy and 80 percent opposed it,” stated the Journal’s Editorial Board. “When it comes to late-term abortion, New Mexico’s lawmakers should put themselves on record as well.”

Beginning of the end?

The Bishop’s public support for ending late-term abortions via new legislation, Gov. Martinez new pledge of support for pro-life legislation, and the Albuquerque Journal’s new-found support of a late-term abortion ban represent a foundational shift in public policy that could be the beginning of the end for unrestricted abortion in New Mexico.

If successful, the new legislation would save thousands of lives from abortion and spare women from the exploitation and grief that is currently inflicted upon them by the abortion cartel in New Mexico every day.

“Certainly, if it had not been for Protest ABQ’s relentless effort to bring about change, this dramatic reversal would never have happened,” said Newman. “Creating social tension through protest is still an effective tool for achieving change, and the developments in New Mexico prove it.”

Operation Rescue partnered with Protest ABQ in sponsoring the National Strike for Life, along with The Survivors, Created Equal and The Anti Choice Project: Washington D.C.

For more details and photos from the National Strike for Life activities nationwide, visit ProtestABQ.com.

Photos courtesy of ProtestABQ.com.

Abortionist, Clinic Under Investigation For Abortion Horror, Squalor

By Cheryl Sullenger

Fayetteville, NC – The red light flashed with urgency on my office telephone, but I hardly gave the routine voicemail indicator a second thought – that is, until I pressed the replay button. What I heard next was a day-changer, and I knew I couldn’t rest until I did something about it.

“I’m calling because I recently got an abortion at the Hallmark Clinic in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and it was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had in my life.”

Her emotion-laden voice proceeded to detail her experience that seemed straight from a horror novel.

I called her back and received permission to file complaints with the North Carolina Medical Board and the Department of Health and Human Services. This week, I received confirmation that both agencies are handing the cases over to investigators, which is an encouraging first step.

But what actually happened to our caller (we are withholding her name) that made her experience so traumatic?

Last fall, she made an appointment for an abortion, but when she got to the Hallmark Women’s Center she saw that the clinic was filthy. She was told to use poorly-maintained restroom, but the door uncomfortably had no privacy lock.

Once she was in the procedure room, she was administered “laughing gas” and left alone. She had to hold the gas mask over her own mouth because it had no strap or any way to attach it to her head.

Once she began to relax, her arm dropped, the mask fell off her face, and the effects of the gas began to wear off.

She had to wait longer than she thought was right for abortionist Malana Moshesh to come in and begin her abortion procedure.

By then, the gas had worn off completely. Moshesh continued on with the abortion despite the fact that the woman had no pain relief whatsoever.

When the agony became unbearable, she began to scream.

Moshesh told her to be quiet and to cover her mouth with her hand so the other women waiting wouldn’t hear her. She felt she had no choice but to comply.

At no time did Moshesh administer any additional gas or other drugs to give her relief during her abortion, which caused her excruciating pain throughout. It was as if she was enduring some sadistic form of torture.

“I would not send an animal to die there. And what they’re doing – it’s just not humane. There’s no way possible that what they’re doing is humane,” she told me, choking back sobs.

After the abortion, Moshesh left her alone in the room again. She had asked not to see the ultrasound of her baby, but the monitor was left facing her with the image of her child still frozen on the screen. That is when, to her horror, she saw the “bowl” filled with blood and the dismembered remains of her now-aborted baby.

It was the stuff of nightmares, and it upset her terribly.

After the abortion, she was given ibuprofen, which was more relief than she got during the surgery.

Embarrassingly, she had no choice but to awkwardly hold her sanitary pad in place with her hand as she waddled into a bathroom. She accidentally dropped the bloody pad into the toilet, and one of the clinic workers became angry with her. She felt humiliated when she was handed a glove and ordered to remove it from the toilet herself.

She made an appointment for a follow-up visit at the Hallmark Women’s Clinic despite her desire to run and never look back. She had been told at the clinic not to visit her own doctor or go anywhere else for medical care.

She continued to suffer pain after the abortion. A week after the surgery, she was frightened when woke up in a pool of blood.

She told me she wanted to go see her personal doctor, but feared that would only make things worse because of the warning she was given at the clinic not to see anyone else. I urgently advised her to make an appointment and visit her regular doctor as soon as possible and have him examine her thoroughly.

She continues to deal with the trauma of her ordeal and said she cried every day since the abortion that she now so deeply regrets. Doing normal day-to-day activities has become difficult.

“I don’t know how to do that anymore,” she told me, referring to simple tasks routine task such as getting up, getting dressed, and eating meals.

When the letters from the medical board and health department arrived, indicating that full investigations into Moshesh’s appalling behavior and the clinic’s squalid conditions were underway, it raised my hopes that soon women will be protected from this North Carolina version of a “house of horrors.”

However, I am also aware that such investigations can take months, and in the meantime women just like our new friend are suffering from the same abominable treatment at a substandard facility that would not pass inspection as a dog kennel.

Her experience is one that is all too common at abortion clinics today. Subjecting women to surgical abortions without anesthesia is a barbaric practice that only ensures that the emotional wounds of abortion will heal slowly, if at all. It’s hard to imagine the heartless soul that could inflict that kind of torment upon a fellow human being, while day after day, earning her living by dismembering babies.

Until the results of the investigations are complete, I can tell her story as a warning to others, hoping and praying that the next red flashing light on my desk phone is the Department of Health telling me that Hallmark Women’s Center has been permanently closed.

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Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger have authored an important new book, Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time, which details steps anyone can take to close clinics and obtain disciplinary action against abortionists. It’s available now at Amazon.com, and from WorldNetDaily.com.

Woman Who Rejected Help from Pro-Life Activists Rushed by Ambulance from San Diego Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Diego, CA – A pro-life sidewalk counseling group is reporting that a woman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance from Family Planning Associates in San Diego on January 17, 2015. The husband of the injured woman told sidewalk counselors that his wife suffered complications to an abortion.

According to Helpers of Gods Precious Infants San Diego, sidewalk counselors had spoken to the couple earlier. They indicated they were married and were expecting their first child. The woman said she was three to four months pregnant. She turned away when a sidewalk counselor attempted to show her a picture of a baby at 6 weeks gestation, saying she did not want to see it. Sidewalk counselors talked to them about how many women feel regret after an abortion. Nevertheless the couple continued on into the abortion clinic.

“About an hour later, we noticed a nurse holding the medical exit door open while looking out toward the street. Approaching sirens soon signaled that an emergency vehicle was heading toward the clinic. Within minutes an ambulance and fire truck parked in front of the clinic and the paramedics went inside,” noted an e-mail account of the incident. “A few minutes later, the paramedics brought the young married woman out on a gurney and loaded her into the ambulance, and drove her to a hospital. The husband told the counselor that there were complications after the abortion. The counselor gave the husband a Rosary, and told him that we would be praying for him and his wife.”

“Here is a couple expecting their first child, and now who knows if they will ever be able to have another after suffering abortion complications. So many women think that the worst will never happen to them until it does,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In California there simply are no laws protecting women from predatory abortion practices. There are no waiting periods. There are no clinic standards or inspections. It’s such a dangerous situation.”

Because pro-life activists photographed the incident, there is now documentation of this abortion complication in a state where there are no reporting requirements.

“We encourage activists outside abortion facilities to keep cameras handy, snap as many photos as possible when there are incidents, then send the information to Operation Rescue,” said Newman. “Information like this has been used to support new safety laws in other states. It is important to have a record, especially since none of these incidents are reported in California.”

Operation Rescue documents abortion-related medical emergencies and other abortion abuses and makes the information available for everyone to see at AbortionDocs.org and at OperationRescue.org.

Further information on how to document medical emergencies at abortion facilities and use the information to close abortion clinics is available in the new book, Abortion Free, by Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger. It is available at at Amazon.com, and from WorldNetDaily.com.