Lobos of Death: A Look at the Radical Abortion Agenda at the University of New Mexico

This is the second installment in a series of exposés highlighting the UNM’s involvement in the Abortion Cartel. (Read Part One)

By Tara Shaver, Project Defending Life

Albuquerque, NM- The University of New Mexico (UNM) is at the heart of the abortion industry in the Land of Enchantment.

During our four years of work in Albuquerque, the home of the Lobos, we discovered that the abortion culture is deeply entrenched at this publicly-funded institution and expanding – all at taxpayers’ expense.

Little can New Mexico afford to pour hundreds of thousands of hard-earned tax dollars in to UNM’s abortion business. It is one of the poorest states in the nation, ranking Number 1 for child hunger and Number 2 for adult hunger according to the Huffington Post. In 2013, New Mexico ranked last in the nation for child well-being, climbing only one spot to 49th in 2014.

Could it be that New Mexico’s flagship institution is contributing to these troubling statistics by wasting its resources on its enormous abortion program?

“Our tax dollars would be better spent actually helping to bring children out of poverty instead of being doled out to the University of New Mexico to kill them,” said Bud Shaver of Project Defending Life.

Deadly Expansion

In 2007, UNM launched its free-standing abortion clinic, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH), which conducts abortions up to 22 weeks gestation, or over half way through pregnancy.

In addition to this off-campus freestanding abortion clinic, there is also a clinic on campus performing abortions up to 11.5 weeks gestation. Known as the Family Practice Center, it offers specialized services in ObGyn through the Department of Family Practice at UNM.

Essentially UNM is running two abortions clinics.

On April 1, 2014, the UNMCRH opened a new 8,000 square-foot facility that was approved by the UNM Medical Group Finance Committee and Council of Chairs. UNMCRH is managed by the UNM Medical Group, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, and is staffed by UNM Hospital physicians.

While 6,000 feet of this new facility is dedicated to the UNMCRH for abortions, 2,000 feet is designated to a newly formed Young Women’s Center, which is a collaboration between the ObGyn and Pediatrics Departments. A call placed to the YWC staff revealed that the center is primarily a birth control clinic for minors.

“When minor children fail to use birth control or exercise poor judgment that minor children are known to do from time to time, they become ready customers for the UNM’s abortion business,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which partners with Project Defending Life. “It is troubling that the UNM would be exploiting children in this way.”

But the exploitation doesn’t stop there.

UNM also has a presence through School Based Health Centers in two Albuquerque high schools, three middle schools, and one elementary school. The Adolescent Division of UNM proudly boasts that their “physicians are comfortable seeing teenagers with any sort of problem, from acne to contraception.”

There can be no doubt that UNM has a specific agenda to promote the abortion culture to minors, which should be extremely troubling to the parents of these young people.

Abortion Training and the ACGME

UNM is currently one of 68 universities that participate in the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program in Abortion and Family Planning. The Ryan Program, founded in 1999, is a national initiative whose mission is to embed abortion training into residency programs throughout the United States and Canada.

In 1996, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated that ob-gyn residency education must include access to experience with induced abortion. This mandate has become an excuse for keeping UNM’s free standing abortion clinic open.

However, ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Program Requirement IV.A.2.d states:

No program or resident with a religious or moral objection shall be required to provide training in or to perform induced abortions. Otherwise, access to experience with induced abortion must be part of residency education. This education can be provided outside the institution. [Emphasis added]

It is clear that UNM is not required to run their own freestanding abortion clinic to train medical residents to perform abortions.

The ACGME further states that abortion training programs are required to provide residents with the ability to “opt out” of the programs and even acknowledges that there may be instances where every resident declines to participate in abortion training.

Because of this, Project Defending Life recently launched an ad campaign in the UNM Daily Lobo, the official campus newspaper, informing students of their right to decline to participate in abortion training and encouraging students to exercise their right to opt-out.

Funding

If abortion training at a UNM facility isn’t mandatory, why is UNM so determined to keep the UNMCRH running? Perhaps the motive is where the profit is.

UNMCRH has an average annual revenue of nearly $2 million. So far in 2014, the clinic has brought in $1.7 million, with $750,000 of that being paid out by New Mexico’s Medicaid program. That means 44% of UNMCRH’s income comes from state Medicaid coffers.

Furthermore, 2013 New Mexico Medicaid information obtained through a public records request shows that 17 of the 34 abortionists that received state Medicaid funding for abortions were UNM employees.

UNM is propagating an agenda of death using taxpayer money earmarked for healthcare that is in no way benefitting the health of the citizens of New Mexico.

UNM has demonstrated its commitment to promote and expand abortion in this poverty-ridden state through training of new abortionists and the exploitation of minors through their new Young Women’s Center and public school birth control clinics.

In case there is any further doubt of UNM’s deep commitment to the killing of innocent children in the womb, this year, it promoted abortionist Eve Espy of the UNMCRH to ObGyn Chair for the UNM School of Medicine. In validation of Espy’s radical abortion agenda, she was presented with the 2014 Margaret Sanger Award by New Mexico Planned Parenthood for “her leadership and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement in New Mexico.”

The centerpiece of her contributions, unmentioned by Planned Parenthood, was more dead New Mexico children.

“Abortion currently touches all aspects of The University of New Mexico, a publicly funded institution. Why should the people of New Mexico be taxed to support UNM and not know about UNM’s involvement in pre-born child killing? Why should the people of New Mexico be given no opportunity to decide how they want their most prestigious institution and only medical school to represent their standards and values? Now is the time to end Albuquerque’s reputation as the Abortion Capital of the Southwest and the Late Term Abortion Capital of the Nation starting with UNM. We urge them to abandon their radical abortion agenda,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato Founder of Project Defending Life.

Members of Project Defending Life have met with UNM Regents, including the Board of Regents President Jack Fortner, and the Health Sciences Center Dean, Paul Roth, to express concerns about the blatant disregard for human life at UNM. Unfortunately, those meetings were to no avail.

We invite the public to voice concerns about the UNM’s heavy involvement in abortion to Dr. Paul Roth.

Contact :

Paul B. Roth, MD, MS
Chancellor for Health Sciences
CEO, UNM Health System
Dean, School of Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-5849
E-mail: PRoth@salud.unm.edu

Protest ABQ Campaign Spurs Meeting With New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Over Abortion

[Operation Rescue partners with Project Defending Life and Protest ABQ to expose abuses and bring an end to abortion in Albuquerque, NM, the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the World. -- OR Staff]

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- On Saturday, August 16th after attending a gala hosted by the Baby Brianna Foundation, leaders of Protest ABQ, which included Bud and Tara Shaver, sat down with Gov. Susana Martinez during a 30 minute meeting and spoke about how she as Governor can take steps to protect the lives of women and pre-born children from the horror of abortion in New Mexico.

This meeting was a direct result of Protest ABQ’s focus on Gov. Martinez over the past several months due to her reluctance to take meaningful action to prevent abortion even though she campaigns as a pro-life supporter.

“New Mexico currently has no restrictions whatsoever on abortion. Because of that, Albuquerque is known nationally as the ‘Late-Term Abortion Capital’ of the nation where elective abortions are performed through all nine months of pregnancy. Therefore, it is imperative that the Governor take pro-active steps to reign in the out-of-control and unregulated abortion industry that is taking the lives of healthy babies just days or weeks before birth and sending women to hospitals for emergency care when things go wrong,” stated Bud Shaver Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

“During our meeting with Governor Martinez we were able to focus on these truths and discussed ways that this can change in New Mexico with her leadership.”

Since Saturday’s meeting with the Governor, correspondence between Protest ABQ leaders and members of Martinez’ staff has been initiated at her request.

This is a breakthrough and a victory.

It is the exact result expected from the Protest ABQ campaign. Protest ABQ is committed to exposing and protesting those who support, profit from and condone abortion. Protests and public pressure do work, and the Martinez meeting is proof of that.

Protest ABQ encourages pro-lifers across the nation to employ these methods. Protest ABQ is leading the charge and calling on pro-life groups to join us for a National Call to Action: “National Protest’s culminating with a National Strike on January 22, 2015.”

Protest ABQ has halted its protests of Gov. Martinez to give her and her administration an opportunity to take action on the abortion issue on behalf of the most vulnerable in our state as her re-election approaches.

Protest ABQ is currently focusing on the University of New Mexico (UNM) due to its radical abortion agenda. For more information about why UNM is the heart of the legalized child-killing cartel in New Mexico, please read the following report by Tara Shaver: “Exposé: Tax Funded Abortion Training and the Betrayal of True Medicine at UNM”.

GOP Vice Presidential Hopeful: Is New Mexico Gov. Martinez a Pro-life Hero or Zero?

[Operation Rescue partners with Project Defending Life and Protest ABQ to expose abuses and bring an end to abortion in Albuquerque, NM, the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the World. -- OR Staff]

By Tara Shaver, Protest ABQ

Albuquerque, NM – Protest ABQ is an Albuquerque effort made up of local residents, including families, who are committed to protesting and exposing those who support, condone or profit from the New Mexico abortion cartel. To understand why Protest ABQ is currently focusing attention on self-professed pro-life Gov. Susana Martinez (R), one needs to understand two key points.

First, New Mexico is known as the Abortion Capital of the Southwest, acting as a magnet for abortionists who cannot or will not comply with the abortion laws of other states. Abortion facilities in New Mexico are totally unregulated and never inspected or held to any kind of medical standard.

Albuquerque, in particular, is considered the Late-term Abortion Capital of the entire country, with unrestricted abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. At Southwestern Women’s Options, babies are aborted that are in some cases just days away from birth.

Secondly, Susana Martinez was elected as governor in part due to her stated pro-life position. She is currently running for re-election. It is no secret that she is using her status as governor and her conservative, pro-life credentials to attain national political aspirations and has been frequently mentioned as a possible Vice-Presidential candidate on the Republican Party ticket in 2016.

However, during her tenure as New Mexico’s governor, she has done absolutely nothing to advance the pro-life cause, and may have actually hurt it.

History

In the fall of 2011, pro-life State Senator Bill Sharer, along with activists Bud and Tara Shaver, and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, met with Gov. Martinez and her then-Chief of Staff, Keith Gardner. The meeting was to specifically discuss New Mexico’s national reputation as being the “Wild West” for the abortion industry, where anything goes, including abortions of viable third-trimester babies. References to Albuquerque as the Late-Term Abortion Capital were specifically used with her during the hour long meeting. Other issues specifically discussed with Martinez include:

• The lack of any abortion restrictions in the state.
• The 911-call investigation done by Project Defending Life that exposed abortion injuries at two Albuquerque abortion clinics.
Tax funding of abortion through Medicaid.
• The University of New Mexico’s agenda to promote abortion.
• Other legal issues and much more.

We specifically addressed a multitude of administrative and executive strategies available to the Governor to reduce the number of abortions and provide industry oversight.

Because of this, it would be disingenuous of Gov. Martinez to attempt to plead ignorance about the many abortion-related issues that face the State of New Mexico or the opportunities for action available to her.

The meeting ended on a positive, hopeful note that led us to believe that she would investigate the many alternatives at her disposal that would protect women from unaccountable abortion businesses in New Mexico.

“Since that meeting in 2011, three legislative sessions have passed. During that time, not one piece of pro-life legislation been voted on and not once has Susana Martinez uttered a word of support or expressed any desire to have legislative restrictions placed on the abortion industry in New Mexico,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato.

Most recently, in the fall of 2013, the battle over the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance was being waged in Albuquerque. A letter from major national and local groups was sent to the Governor asking her to come out in support of the referendum. She was completely silent, remarking only that the ordinance was a “local issue” even though she knew the law would have banned late-term abortions at the largest abortion clinic of its kind in the nation that draws women from every state. She was well aware that the ordinance was feared by Democrats nationally and would have affected abortion law statewide as well.

Presently

Martinez recently opened her 2014 Campaign Re-Election Office in Albuquerque. Protest ABQ was there to expose her lack of leadership in opposing unrestricted abortion in New Mexico. Protest ABQ signs stated the truth: “Susana Martinez condones Pre-born Baby Killing.”

During this event, a Protest ABQ core group member was inside the headquarters. Martinez was asked, “Can you tell us one thing you have done to restrict abortion in the State of New Mexico?”

Her response was that the legislature has not been able to pass any pro-life legislation. This is true, but at the same time, unlike many other issues supported by the Governor that have been blocked by the Democratically-controlled legislature, Susana Martinez has never issued even a single statement publicly supporting any piece of pro-life legislation, and has never urged the legislature to pass bills that were even remotely related to abortion.

At that same campaign event, Martinez referenced the Protest ABQ protesters outside the venue, stating that they were from “out of state and not New Mexico locals.” Not only is that not true, but she simply parroted a pro-abortion talking point falsehood that stemmed from the Albuquerque late-term abortion ban referendum campaign!

The fact is that while Protest ABQ core members are indeed citizens of New Mexico, the abortionists who commit the very latest of abortions in Albuquerque are residents of California who travel to New Mexico to conduct abortions that are illegal in their home state. The abortion clinic where they work, Southwestern Women’s Options, is owned by Curtis Boyd, a legal resident of the State of Texas!

Each time Martinez has been given an opportunity to publicly affirm her support for the pro-life position we have heard nothing but silence. Crickets chirping have a louder voice.

Over the past three years, it has become increasingly clear that the reason Martinez has been avoiding the abortion issue is due to the influence of Jay McCleskey, her chief campaign strategist. According to a National Journal article, has latched onto Martinez as a rising star in the Republican Party and has been grooming her for the national political stage.

Just recently, McCleskey referred to Protest ABQ pro-lifers as “pieces of s**t!”

In the days since that comment stirred national controversy, Martinez’s office never denied McCleskey’s statement or even expressed one shred of dismay about it. In an Albuquerque Journal article, Martinez’s office publicly referenced Protest ABQ as an anti-abortion “fringe” group and “bullies,” while McCleskey has outrageously implied that Protest ABQ’s peaceful First Amendment outreaches are “terror” tactics.

Perhaps as further indication of Martinez’s true political alignment, she has remained silent concerning a New Mexico court decision legalizing end-of-life “right to die” measures, and refused to weigh in on a renegade campaign by New Mexico county clerks that were illegally issuing same-sex marriage certificates.

The Bottom Line

Martinez’s steadfast refusal to take any meaningful action as Governor to stop abortion demonstrates that her pro-life commitment is shallow and perhaps only a political expediency.

When confronted with the concerns that Protest ABQ has put forth during a recent KOAT TV interview, Martinez responded, “If it (a bill) is to protect that fetus, I would absolutely consider signing it because I am Pro-Life.” (Emphasis added.)

Offering to “consider” signing pro-life legislation is very different from committing to signing all pro-life bills that cross her desk, a promise made and kept by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, for example.

Only “considering” to signing a pro-life bill and an empty statement about her so-called “pro-life” position are not enough to save lives of children from abortion in New Mexico.

Fr. Imbarrato issued the following statement, “Governor Martinez presides over the most abortion-friendly state in the country. She proclaims herself to be pro-life yet she has not used her office and influence in any way as governor to reign in an out-of-control abortion industry in New Mexico. As governor, Martinez could have urged the Department of Health or the Medical Board to consider regulation changes that would have provided oversight for these abortion clinics, but she has not lifted a finger to do so. Abortion clinics are potentially dangerous, as we have seen from the long list of 911 calls and ambulance runs that transport injured abortion patients to the emergency room. These abortion businesses are possibly involved in illegalities, but without oversight, they continue to run amok, endangering women and killing babies that should have the protection of law. Not only has she stood idly by, offering no leadership in these areas, her negative demeanor towards pro-life efforts in New Mexico illustrates why New Mexico is the Abortion Capital of the Southwest and the Late-term Abortion Capital of the country.”

What can Governor Martinez do?

If she is not going to show even minimal support for the pro-life cause she says she embraces as Governor, she certainly will not take action to prevent abortions if elected to national office. What good does it do to elect “pro-life” officials if all they do is give aid and comfort to the abortion cartel through their silence?

There is an old adage that states, “Silence is consent.”

In spite of the pro-abortion majority in the state legislature, there are still things Gov. Martinez can do to give more than lip-service to the pro-life cause and show she does not in fact consent to the brutal killing of innocent children through abortion.

At a minimum, Martinez should acknowledge and draw public attention to the horrific lack of regulation and oversight that is allowing New Mexico abortion clinics to operate outside any accepted medical standards or oversight. She should commit to doing all she can to change New Mexico’s abortion reputation and provide a legal safety net for women who are exploited by unaccountable and uninspected abortion businesses.

As a Latino woman, she should serve as a role model, encouraging women of color who are disproportionately targeted for abortion, to cherish life. She could acknowledge – instead of attack – the efforts of pro-lifers throughout the state who are working to provide practical alternatives and assistance to abortion-vulnerable pregnant women. She could make it a legislative priority to support common-sense pro-life legislation that has been successful in other states, which New Mexico sorely lacks.

These simple actions are the least of what one should expect from any pro-life elected official.

A more pro-active strategy could include the following actions:

• Replace Lynn Hart as the head of the New Mexico Medical Board. Under Hart’s leadership, late-term abortionist Shelley Sella was “cleared” of wrong-doing even though she nearly killed a 35-week pregnant woman with a history of previous C-Section delivery during an abortion by prescribing drugs that are not supposed to be given to women with that medical history. One expert testified that it was “a thousand wonders” that the woman did not die after suffering a ruptured uterus. Sella continues to conduct dangerous late-term abortions in Albuquerque that fail to meet accepted patient care standards, thanks in part to Ms. Hart.
• Launch an investigation into the nearly-dozen 911 calls originating from Albuquerque abortion facilities that reflect a dangerous number of abortion-related injuries.
• Call on fellow Republican, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry, to stop obstructing public access to 911 records, which were easily obtained until local pro-life activists began calling attention to the abortion abuses revealed by them.
• Call for an investigation into an alleged abortion-related death at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health abortion facility.
• Direct her administration to seek ways in which to establish oversight for abortion clinics as has been done in other states throughout the country.

In spite of the disparaging statements made by Gov. Martinez and her staff, Protest ABQ stands on the facts and continues to offer the challenge to Gov. Martinez: Can you tell us one thing you have done or plan to do as Governor to change New Mexico’s deplorable abortion reputation as the “Wild West” Late-term Abortion Capital where anything goes?

So far, all we have heard are crickets.