UNM Doubles Down on Preventing The Truth From Coming Out About Their Abortion Involvement

[A new round of subpoenas issued by the Select Panel on Infant Lives focuses once again on the University of New Mexico and their association with Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. Pro-life activists Bud and Tara Shaver were the first to discover and provide evidence that Southwestern Women’s Options was improperly consenting women for fetal tissue “donation” to be used in “research.” -OR Staff]


By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has issued 12 additional subpoenas to fetal tissue procurement organizations who continue to refuse full compliance with the panels investigation into the practice of fetal tissue harvesting and the use of the remains in research.

According to the NY Times, “Committee investigators say they have uncovered evidence of possible illegal profiteering, questionable consent forms and inappropriate collusion between scientists seeking fetal tissue and abortion providers.”

Three new subpoenas come to New Mexico focused on individuals at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options. The subpoenas ask for information such as: studies, research or experiments that individuals have participated in, the number and type of fetal tissue obtained from Southwestern Women’s Options, personnel that procured tissue from SWO and documents proving benefits or compensation for providing fetal tissue.

UNM as a publicly funded institution bears the responsibility of transparency, yet, at every turn they avoid accountability and fight to keep the truth from being exposed about how deeply entrenched their radical abortion agenda is. Whether through our and other pro-life attempts to obtain public records or congressional attempts, UNM just doubles down and is petrified about the consequences of allowing even basic facts about their abortion involvement from seeing the light of day.

Bud Shaver, executive director of Protest ABQ issued the following statement, “Just this week, we mailed postcards into Albuquerque neighborhoods because we believe the community deserves to know who is responsible for UNM’s radical abortion agenda they are funding with their tax dollars. Of all of the postcards that we have dropped over the past five years, we had to battle to get this one out. UNM tried to prevent the post office from mailing out our postcards. UNM wields a mighty hand over local businesses and our printer was weary about completing the order for us after being notified by the post office that UNM was attempting to block our postcard from going out but Tara did what she does best and had the post office directly email our printer once all the legal issues were resolved and clarified. Here is what the post office said to our printer, ‘Our legal department says we cannot refuse the mailing if it is brought to us as long it is properly prepared and paid for.’ Free speech trumps UNM and their strangle hold over the truth from reaching the community. This is clearly a battle over hearts and minds and that is why we fight so hard…and never back down.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn says it best in her statement after issuing this new round of subpoenas, “The Select Investigative Panel is working in a thoughtful and thorough manner to find the facts about what exactly is going on at these abortion businesses and procurement organizations. Unfortunately, some of these organizations have so redacted documents — even after being subpoenaed — that it is impossible for us to get the complete picture of what is actually going on. Others have refused to produce documents required under previous subpoenas, and have threatened to withhold additional subpoenaed information. There should be no resistance to letting all the facts come out — but some abortion supporters seem to be clearly rattled with basic facts coming to light. Therefore, in the interest of completing our investigation pursuant to H. Res. 461, we will continue to issue subpoenas when necessary to ensure information can be gathered in a timely fashion.”

Some claim that aborted fetal tissue harvesting is necessary to make strides in medical research and defend the use of aborted fetal cells in vaccines. We maintain the position that utilizing and capitalizing on the death and body parts of innocent children for any reason is immoral and unethical and should therefore cease immediately.

Please join us in contacting UNM President Robert Frank and ask him to urge the Board of Regents to terminate the contracts of Dr. Paul Roth, who is responsible for all aspects of UNM abortion participation and Dr. Eve Espey, an abortionist who directs UNM’s free-standing abortion business, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, and who also interfaces with Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest late-term abortion facility conducting third trimester abortions in the U.S.

Robert G. Frank, UNM President
Voice: 505-277-2626
E:Mail unmpres@unm.edu

*Life Ministries U.S. is an Umbrella Non-Profit Organization that includes: Protest ABQ, Pro-Life Witness, and Protest ChildKilling.

Number of Late-term Abortion Facilities in the USA May Surprise You

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — When Marist polled the American public on the subject of late-term abortion in November 2015, the results were striking.

A full 81% of Americans support banning abortion after the first trimester of pregnancy. Even among those who identify themselves as “pro-choice,” two-thirds oppose second and third trimester abortions to the extent that they agree they should be illegal.

Clearly, based on the unpopularity of late-term abortions, one might conclude that the number of abortion facilities that conduct these abortion procedures would be very small.

However, according to a survey conducted by Operation Rescue in December 2015 through January 2016, the actual number might be surprising.

First, however, it is important to clarify terms.

A human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A baby in the womb is considered to be full-term at 37 weeks.

The first trimester of pregnancy extends through the first 12 weeks of gestation. Surgical abortion facilities often classify first trimester abortions as those done through the end of 13 weeks. Surgical abortions within this time frame can be done using a one-day procedure.

Abortions done after this time usually require a two day procedure or more depending on the size of the pre-born baby. (Read a description of the late-term Induction Abortion method.)

The term “late-term abortion” can refer to all second and third trimester abortions, but since there is currently a Congressional effort to ban abortion after 20 weeks, references here to “late term abortion facilities” will mean those that conduct abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later.

Surgical Abortion Facilities

In the United States, as of this writing, there are 511 active surgical abortion facilities.

Of those, 162 surgical abortion clinics conduct abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later. Out of the 162 late-term facilities, 122 facilities, about 76%, will not provide abortions after 24 weeks.

Despite research that shows viability may occur as early as 22 weeks, abortion businesses consider viability at 24 weeks of pregnancy. There are 40 abortion facilities in America that openly do abortions at 24 weeks or later.

It may be surprising to know that the vast majority of abortion facilities that offer abortions at 20 weeks or later are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Only 18 out of 162 late-term facilities are Planned Parenthood facilities. The remainder, 144 facilities, are independent or have other affiliations.
Late-term by Week
Five abortion facilities openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. These extreme late-term abortion facilities include:

Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California
Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado
Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland
Women’s Med Center in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton

Late-term by Affiliation

Since abortion risks to women increase for each week of pregnancy it is important to note that all five of these facilities are not equipped to deal with those consequences, which are all-too frequently life-threatening in nature.

Thus, late-term abortions pose a grave public safety risk to women in this country, who often don’t find out until they are on a gurney in the back of an ambulance just how dangerous late-term abortions can be.

But the risks only increase when the abortionists operate under the radar – some illegally — quietly doing late-term abortions that are not publicly advertised.

Such was the case with Kermit Gosnell, a West Philadelphia abortionist who quietly conducted illegal late-term abortions throughout the evening and into the early morning hours, unbeknownst to the general public, at his “House of Horrors” abortion facility. Gosnell was caught and convicted not only of illegal late-term abortions, but also three counts of first degree murder for “snipping” the necks of babies born alive during late-term abortions.

But Gosnell certainly is not the only abortionist to play fast and loose with the legal limits on late-term abortions.

Steven Chase Brigham made a practice of committing illegal late-term abortions. He used a bi-state abortion scheme in an attempt to circumvent gestational limits on abortion in his home state of New Jersey. This dangerous behavior cost him medical licenses in New York and later in New Jersey, but that hasn’t stopped New Jersey residents from spotting him at his clinics on abortion days. Is Brigham still conducting abortions illegally? It would not be surprising to find out that he was.

Also known for illegal late-term abortions is James Scott Pendergraft IV, who was caught by Operation Rescue operating a bi-state late-term abortion scheme similar to Brigham’s, but with a twist. Pendergraft, who lives in Florida, advertised that he would fly to Maryland where he would oversee the injection of late-term babies with a drug called Digoxin to stop their hearts. He was then willing to send women home while dangerously still carrying their dead babies, which could then be “delivered” at a local hospital of their choice.

But what Pendergraft never told his patients was that he was not licensed to practice in Maryland. While the Maryland Board of Physicians broke up Pendergraft’s illegal late-term operation and put his accomplice, Harold O. Alexander, on a short suspension, it didn’t stop Pendergraft or Alexander from conducting late-term abortions illegally.

Pendergraft was arrested in October, 2015, in South Carolina – when he is also unlicensed – operating an illegal rolling abortion business out of his vehicle. Authorities discovered drugs and bloody surgical instruments in his possession that were caked with fetal tissue. His criminal case is pending.

Meanwhile, Operation Rescue has confirmed that Alexander continues to do late-term abortions through 26 weeks even though the Maryland Board of Physicians filed an Administrative Complaint against him for this illicit practice in July, 2015, and is seeking to revoke his medical license in that state.

From this we can conclude that there are an unknown number of abortionists in American who offer late-term abortions in secret and perhaps illegally at great risk to the lives of women and their babies that the laws of our nation should protect.

While the public soundly rejects late-term abortions, the number of late-term abortion facilities that openly commit such barbaric procedures certainly does not reflect that sentiment. Worse yet is the fact that the number of known late-term facilities is low compared to what actually transpires in the shadows of the secretive American abortion industry.

This problem is a case in point for a Federal ban on late-term abortions, tight abortion restrictions, greater oversight of abortion facilities, and strict enforcement of abortion laws.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting a hearing on entitled “Late-Term Abortion: Protecting Babies Born Alive and Capable of Pain.” That testimony will be of great interest to those of us who work to expose late-term abortion abuses and halt that grisly practice as we move toward the goal of building an abortion-free America.

View the live stream beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on March 15 of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on late-term abortions.

Note: Karen Myers contributed to this report.

Congressional Subpoenas Show Investigation is Following the Fetal Tissue Money

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — Subpoenas issued by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives were received earlier this week by Stem Express, University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

The subpoenas released by the Panel, which is a sub-committee of House Committee on Energy and Commerce, indicate that the investigation into the illegal sale of aborted baby remains is following the money trail.

Among a wide range of documents requested, all three entities are required to produce financial, banking, and accounting documents related to the “procurement, sale, donation, or distribution or shipment of fetal tissue.”

Profiting from the sale of fetal tissue is illegal.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who chairs the Panel, said in an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream that the subpoenas were necessary because Stem Express, UNM, and Southwestern Women’s Options had been uncooperative with the investigation.

Blackburn indicated during the interview that after “multiple” conversations and e-mail exchanges with the Panel’s staff, the entities failed to produce the information that was sought.

“Sometimes they would send it, but they don’t send it in total. Or either, it is so heavily redacted that we don’t have the information that is pertinent to the investigation,” Blackburn explained.

“The three entities involved in the trade of aborted baby remains are obviously stonewalling the investigation. This is typical behavior from someone caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress.

Stem Express is a California organ procurement company that contracted with Planned Parenthood for fetal parts in exchange for “financial consideration.” They were featured in undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. Those videos launched the current Congressional investigation. Since the release of the shocking and incriminating videos, Stem Express has since severed ties to Planned Parenthood.

The University of New Mexico is a publicly funded university that has a close relationship with the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion clinic, which is owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd. UNM conducts experimentation using human fetal tissue. UNM physicians also provide emergency medical care for Southwestern Women’s Options patients who suffer life-threatening medical emergencies that require hospitalization. SWO’s abortionists, Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson, are California residents who cannot qualify for hospital privileges of their own in New Mexico.

Southwestern Women’s Options is the largest third-trimester abortion clinic in the country and appears to have been a primary source of aborted baby remains for UNM. Patient abortion a consent form obtained by Bud and Tara Shaver of Protest ABQ contain a brief consent to “donate” fetal tissue for use in “research” buried deep in the form that women must sign before abortions can be done.

The Shaver’s have worked for years in Albuquerque to expose the connections between UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options and other abortion businesses and organizations.

“UNM has a mutual back-scratching relationship with the late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options. UNM provides emergency hospital care when the abortionists botch a procedure and the abortion business provides UNM with all the fetal tissue they can use,” said Newman. “It’s not a deal with the devil — it’s a deal between two devils!”

Stem Express, UNM, and Southwestern Women’s Options had until 5:00 pm on February 17, 2016, to comply with the subpoenas. As of this writing, it is unknown whether there has been universal compliance.

Stem Express Subpoena
University of New Mexico Subpoena
Southwestern Women’s Options Subpoena