Ambulance Video: Seventeenth Known Medical Emergency at New Mexico Late-Term Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Pro-life activists caught an ambulance on video as it rushed a patient to the hospital from Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion facility known to specialize in very late-term abortions. The incident took place on Friday, December 19, 2014.

This represents the seventeenth documented botched abortion at that facility since 2008.

SellaBotch-FeatredThe video clearly shows a patient on a gurney as she was loaded into an awaiting ambulance and whisked away to a nearby hospital.

“While abortion is never safe for mother or child, those who champion abortion in New Mexico cannot claim to care about women seeking abortions when these injuries continue to pile up without consequence,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

Tara Shaver, also of Protest ABQ, verified that the abortionist on duty was Shelley Sella, who was featured in the film “After Tiller,” which explored controversial late-term abortions done by Sella and others throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Sella, who flies in from her home in California to conduct abortions in Albuquerque, faced license revocation in 2012 for botching an abortion done at 35 weeks on a woman with a history of having a previous Cesarean section. The woman’s uterus ruptured during labor and she nearly died. The incident was discovered by Tara Shaver, who had obtained 911 records that dramatically documented the event. Both Shaver and Operation Rescue filed complaints against Sella with the New Mexico Medical Board.

However, after a disciplinary hearing in which the Board’s attorney recommended sanctions against Sella, the New Mexico Medical Board inexplicably cleared her of all wrong-doing in 2013, leaving Sella to continue her pattern of seriously injuring women.

In addition, New Mexico has enacted no minimum safety standards for abortions and continues to allow abortion clinics to operate without inspection or any other accountability despite the large number of documented abortion injuries.

“New Mexico continues to be the Wild West for an out-of-control abortion cartel that is allowed to run amok by a state government that refuses to hold it accountable to even the most rudimentary safety standards that could spare women from needless injury,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Until that changes, we will continue to see women hurt and perhaps killed by abortionists that admit they do not use practices that meet the minimum standard of care. Women everywhere should be outraged that women’s lives and health are regarded with less consideration that what New Mexico‘s pets receive.”

Operation Rescue continues to urge the New Mexico Medical Board to take action to protect women and shut down Southwestern Women’s Options permanently.

Video was taken by Abolitionist Society of Rio Rancho and produced by Protest ABQ.

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”.