In Light of Abortion Patient Death, New Mexico Rep. Pearce Seeks Federal Investigation Before Statute of Limitations Runs Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking an investigation and prosecution of the University of New Mexico and its partner, Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest full-term abortion facility in the U.S.

Pearce’s letter expresses urgency for a Federal investigation for the following reasons:

• The New Mexico Attorney General’s office has been too slow to act on two criminal referrals made by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, allowing many of the charges to expire under the statute of limitations. (Referral 1, Referral 2)
• The statute of limitations is quickly approaching the rest of the allegations against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options.
• There has been one documented death of an abortion patient at Southwestern Women’s Options this year, raising concerns that the dangers at SWO must be immediately addressed.

Pearce remind Attorney General Sessions that women travel to New Mexico from all over the country to receive abortions. This thriving abortion business, which specializes in abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, profits from interstate commerce, making the issue a federal concern.

Pearce was especially troubled about the February 4, 2017, death of Keisha Atkins from a botched late-term abortion she received at Southwestern Women’s Options.

“On February 4, 2017, a woman tragically died at SWWO facilities after receiving a late-term abortion. This raises more questions about the reckless behavior of the SWWO. In 2016 alone, the National Abortion Federation reportedly referred more than 200 Texas patients to New Mexico for abortion related procedures. With hundreds of women flocking to New Mexico to receive these dangerous procedures, something must be done” Pearce wrote.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico uncovered the death of Keisha Atkins, 23, and obtained her UNM autopsy report that wrongly indicated Atkins’ pregnancy – not her abortion – caused her death. However, an analysis of the autopsy report clearly shows that determination was a cover-up of the truth that Atkins died a painful, panic-filled death as the result of complications that could only have resulted from the late-term abortion.

On April 19, 2017, Rep. Pearce, along with several leaders from state and national pro-life organizations, including Operation Rescue, attended a press conference with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Select Panel, that called for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to act immediately on the Select Panel’s criminal referrals that allege UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options were willing partners in the sale of aborted baby remains in violation of state and federal laws.

Later that same day, Balderas’ office acknowledged during a meeting with leaders of Operation Rescue, Abortion Free New Mexico, and several other pro-life groups that the referrals were under active investigation, yet there has been little progress.

On June 26, 2017, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman sent a letter to Balderas urging him to investigate criminal allegations against UNM and SWO with all urgency, but no response to that letter was ever received.

“The delay by Balderas’ office seems intentional to protect UNM and SWO from any consequences for their actions, whether it be the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts or their participation and cover-up of death of Keisha Atkins,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As New Mexico’s ‘Top Cop,’ Balderas is committing a shocking betrayal the citizens of New Mexico by allowing his ideological cronies in the abortion business to commit crimes without consequence. U.S. Attorney General Sessions must do better than Balderas if the rule of law and the lives of women like Keisha Atkins are to mean anything.”

Read Rep. Pearce’s Letter to AG Sessions

Please contact the office of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and demand that the Department of Justice conduct an immediate criminal investigation of UNM and the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion business.

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  • Patricia Ford de la Tejera

    Praise be to God.

  • Liberty

    The UNM does autopsies? Partners with an abortion mill? Lies about the cause of death? Something very rotten in the State of New Mexico smells like the carcasses of dead children…and their mothers.

  • MG

    Read the autopsy report. Sad all around. Even there it’s just “product of conception”. If they think a “fetus” isn’t a human/baby why are they even afraid to call it a fetus now? “He who controls the speech controls the argument” God help us all.

  • happily_deplorable_

    Being a citizen of the State of New Mexico I read this article and the letters to Balderas it made me sick to my stomach to read the letters and then to see that the letter to the AG of NM is referred to as ‘Honorable’ talk about an oxymoron. There is no honor in anyone who stalls an investigation into allegations like these, What a POS thank God I didn’t vote for this puke.

  • heartlandusa

    These people disgust me more every day. The sad thing is that many of them go to church on Sunday.

  • ADRoberts

    Sorry. But Sessions has not gone to work yet on much of anything. But apparently he might get back with you after he checks with ONE WORLD ORDER guys to see what they want.
    Sessions has done little for us, even in comparison to Holder and Lynch.

  • ADRoberts

    A liberal state mainly inhabited by latinos who like their freebies from Democrats.

  • ADRoberts

    Yes and their are covered in the description of the CHURCH OF LAODICEA in Revelation.

  • Robyn Schmalz

    There is nothing you can say about the State of New Mexico’s total indifference to the unborn and the Nazi, draconian selling of their body parts that isn’t true. And we have a Republican Governor! The lack of concern from her office is deafening. Texas closes up those killing mills and they come right across the border to NM, where nothing is done about it. Please, write/email/Tweet Jeff Sessions at the DOJ. He appears to be a do-nothing too. I don’t get it–all these Republicans acting this way!!’

  • Michael Martin

    There should never be a statute of limitations on murder. Abortion is murder, plain and simple. It has nothing to do with a woman’s “rights over her body”. She is killing another human. If she doesn’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex. This whole issue is a lie. And may God have mercy on her soul for even having such a thought.

  • Just for the sake of clarification, the statute of limitations is running on the allegations related to the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains. You are correct that there is no statue of limitation on murder.