Tax Funded Abortions on the Rise in New Mexico While Overall Abortions on the Decline

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM — Since 2008, New Mexico’s abortion rate has been on a steady decline. This is great news in a state where abortions are performed through all nine months of pregnancy without restriction. However, that news is tempered by the fact that abortions funded by tax dollars are on the rise.

According to New Mexico vital statistics, 3,134 abortions were performed in 2012, a significant decrease of 2,002 abortions from 2008 figures when 5,136 abortions were performed. This represents a 39 percent decrease in abortions over a five-year period.

This overall reduction in abortion can be attributed to public outreach through ministries like Project Defending Life, whose efforts include prayer and protests at local abortion clinics and serving women when they choose not to abort. Also, education has played a big role in decreasing abortion at a city level in Albuquerque, home to 3 of the 5 remaining abortion clinics in the state, through church outreach and a steady stream of local media coverage of abortion injuries and the lack of clinical oversight.

“When the community at large knows how precarious abortions are and when women themselves know the risks involved, women choose not to pursue an abortion. Since New Mexico has adopted no common-sense legislation regarding abortion, all of the successes must be attributed to those who faithfully work day in and day out to end abortions one woman and child at a time,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

While overall abortion numbers have decreased, tax funded abortions through New Mexico Medicaid saw a 20 percent increase over the previous year’s numbers. New Mexico is one of 15 states to fully fund abortions, not using any federal funds but state funds. This forces everyday citizens to foot the bill for dangerous and deadly abortions.

In 2013, 811 abortions were billed to the state, costing taxpayers $160,007.51.

The largest portion of these abortions was performed at the state’s late term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options where the very latest of abortions are done. SWO employs Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella who reside in California; their net income in 2013 from New Mexico Medicaid was $74,770.78 for performing 335 abortions.

The University of New Mexico performed 126 Medicaid funded abortions in 2013, which cost taxpayers $24,729.65.

Protest ABQ has prepared the chart that details the amounts paid to abortion providers in New Mexico for abortions in 2013.

Each year that goes by without any action from the state’s legislature and Governor, out-of-state abortionists will continue to bilk New Mexico taxpayers while evading their own state’s laws that prohibit the very abortion procedures that are so profitable for them in New Mexico. This is just another way New Mexico has become the “go to” place for extremely late abortions, drawing not only out-of-state abortionists but also women seeking abortions beyond the legal limits in their home states.

This report is being published one week after members of Protest ABQ met with Governor Susana Martinez, once again urging her to reign in the out of control and unregulated abortion industry that is costing tax payers big money in New Mexico.

Protest ABQ is leading the charge to protect life and is calling on pro-life groups to join us for a National Call to Action involving national protests against abortion, culminating with a National Strike on January 22, 2015.

“We need to stand up and ‘protest’ to bring about the end of pre-born child killing. . .peacefully but protest! Until all those who oppose pre-born child killing are willing to go into the streets in ‘protest’ of what we know is wrong and unless we are willing to call and enact a ‘national strike’ to end the child killing, this will all remain legal,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato Founder of Protest ABQ.
Note: The video in this story was made in 2011 and revealed at that time that New Mexico taxpayers were being forced to foot the bill for expensive late-term abortions on babies with Down Syndrome. This practice not only continues today, but is on the increase.

  • dan riser

    They are smiling now, getting rich from murder, but the day of judgment will wipe those smiles from their faces.

  • Barbara

    Proponents of tax funded abortion will respond to these stats by pointing out that the mother of a medicaid funded abortion is already on public assistance, so the abortion costs less to the taxpayer than supporting the child. Although those of us who are pro life abhor the use of tax funded abortion to cull the poor from our midst, pro aborts have no problem with it. It is the equivalent of state funded genocide of a particular economic group. Misguided compassion, or targeted eugenics?

  • Karen Wood

    I get your email and have you on my face book
    Jan 22,2015 I want to protest, I would also
    Protest other days I just don’t know where you
    Meet at or the day. If you can send me that
    Information I would love to help out. I have no
    Signs either. And how does protesting 1 day
    In jan. Effect our government. Do we not buy
    Anything that day, take off work. I don’t see how
    It will effect our government. Also you did raise
    Awareness concerning gov. Martinez I don’t
    Know who to vote for, she hasn’t done much of
    Anything. Do you have a list of known candidates
    Who are pro life and want to stop abortions and
    Not to use tax payer dollars
    Thank you
    Karen Wood

  • Karen Wood

    Oh I live in Albuquerque NM

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz

    Despite all that American adults know about abortion, it continues to be the barbaric choice of too many. Those of us who face the reality of human life and its divine origin are winning the struggle among educated people. Still, many of them simply opt for the convenient “choice,” the economical “choice,” and even the unplanned “choice,” choosing to take the very human life of their own child through gross and inhuman means. The “choice” between life and death belongs to God, and all who subscribe to “choice” know that.

    So many options exist and are freely offered to those women and men who feel desperate and abandoned in anticipating the birth of that “choice.” Adoption is the best option. Asking institutions for emergency help for a year or more is a practical option. Family members can help because of the love and generosity that all share.

    Human respect, shared between spouses, is the most powerful force that can lead to pulling out all stops to protect the life of the unborn. Any activity has consequences and responsibilities, and there is no greater responsibility than that the parents of the future child accept those consequences without resort to violence and death to avoid the duty and care that nature demands of their activity.

    Abortion is a deliberate act of homicide that liberal laws have made both popular and trendy. Those who advocate for “choice” have chosen the “contemporary” because they have lost sight of the laws that predate the trendy and liberal views and laws. The law that precedes all human reasoning and, therefore, all human laws, is the law in our very nature, instilled there by the Creator of that nature and, therefore, of all the laws that flow through our very nature, enlightened by objective reasoning. That is the law we are all obliged to follow, no matter how difficult. God, who knows all things, will help those who decide to obey that original law.

    Perhaps this will

  • Joanne

    We have seen Medicaid fraud with other abortion providers. I wonder how much of this Medicaid billing is actually legitimate, inflated, or padded. When was the last time they were audited? Is New Mexico Medicaid limited to residents only? Sella and Robinson see a number of out-of-state clients. Are New Mexico citizens footing the bill for their abortions also?