“Crazy” Antics and Dirty Tricks Kill Hospital Admitting Privileges Bill in New Mexico

[This is a report from the scene of last night’s New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee hearing that stretched late into the evening. At issue was a bill introduced to require abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. Read on to see the lengths to which pro-abortion Democrats went to make sure this bill was killed in committee! – OR Staff]

By Bud Shaver

Santa Fe, NM — In a crazy night of drama in the democratically controlled Senate Public Affairs Committee hearing, chaired by ravenous pro-abort Sen. Gerald Ortiz Y. Pino. The democrats were successful in tabling Pro-Life bill SB 437 Physician Admitting Privileges for Abortions.

Pino played politics from the outset of this particular Senate hearing by pushing the pro-life bill SB 437 dead last (even though it was scheduled 4th in line). The bill was finally heard at 10:30pm.

SB 437 had been “rolled over” from a previous date due to an appendicitis attack suffered by Senator Gay Kernan (R). Due to the shenanigans of Sen. Pino, Sen. Kernan was not able to stay and hear SB 437 since she was in severe pain and physically not able to endure the long night.

Chairman Pino also cut off the testimony of expert witness Tara Shaver, Senior Policy Advisor of Protest ABQ when she attempted to introduce 911 calls made from Albuquerque abortion facilities. Sen. Pino objected and threw a “tantrum,” claiming that the 911 calls were “too emotional” when Sen. Brandt asked for the 911 calls to be played, which documented severe injuries sustained by women from Albuquerque abortion clinics.

Tara Shaver issued the following statement after the committee hearing, “When facts are disregarded as emotion you know there’s a problem. Quote of the night ‘women need and want [to kill their children by] abortion.’ There you have it my friends: insanity. Hospital privilege bill was tabled and hearts were exposed. Jesus is Lord and that’s where I cast my crown.”

Protest ABQ sponsored both the key testimony introduced by Sen. Brandt and testimony in support of the bill provided by Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Melanie Hathorne.

Michael Norton, of Alliance Defending Freedom, was planning on attending the hearing last Friday but was not able to make it tonight. Here is an excerpt of the testimony he submitted the following testimony to the committee members:

Dear Mr. Chairman:

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is pleased to represent Protest Albuquerque in regard to its support of Senate Bill 437.

ADF is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that promotes religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage and the family. While ADF itself does not engage in lobbying, ADF is able to explain the legal impact of a legislative proposal.

Protest Albuquerque is a peaceful awareness campaign launched to educate and stand against the injustice of abortion through a strategic and sustained presence. Protest Albuquerque strives to educate Albuquerque and New Mexico residents on what abortion really is and what it looks like.

While Protest Albuquerque is opposed to abortion and seeks reversal of Roe v. Wade and its progeny, Protest Albuquerque acknowledges that it must do all it can to protect the lives, health, and safety of vulnerable women who are subjected to an abortion and to protect and preserve the life of the unborn child.

That is why Protest Albuquerque urges you to pass Senator Brandt’s bill – Senate Bill 437. SB 437 would require that a physician may not perform or induce an abortion unless that physician has active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is to be performed or induced. Violation of this provision of SB 437 is punishable as a misdemeanor crime which carries only a fine of $1,000.

SB 437 is important to the health and safety of women of New Mexico.

-It acknowledges the critical need for there to be continuity of care by the physician who performed the abortion to the patient in the event of post-abortion complications.

-It would enhance doctor-patient communications and the transfer of information about the patient and the post-abortion complications problems the patient is experiencing.

-It would support the ethical duty of the abortionist to care for the physician’s patient and not engage in patient abandonment.

-It would assure that there was a thorough evaluation mechanism of the abortion doctor’s competency to practice medicine and better protect patient safety.

Several members of the public endured the LONG night and circus atmosphere and testified in support of the pro-life bill. Cliff Severson, 40 Days For Life Coordinator of Rio Rancho and also proud member of Protest ABQ, shared his testimony of personally witnessing two ambulances transporting injured women from the late-term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options. He urged the committee to pass the bill to provide a measure of safety protocols for New Mexico women.

Alan Sanchez, spokesman for the three Bishops of New Mexico urged the committee members to pass the bill stating that, “the Archdiocese of Santa Fe fully supports this bill.”

Sen. Pino continued his belligerent attitude by throwing out a supporter of the bill after his testimony!

Needless to say the Democrats voted on party lines to kill SB 437!

We would like to thank Sen. Craig Brandt of Rio Rancho for introducing and sponsoring this bill and for his patience and graceful attitude that he displayed through this long ordeal.

“For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.” Romans 13:4

Hispanics Targeted for Death by Abortion According to 2013 New Mexico Vital Statistics

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The New Mexico Vital Statistics has released its annual Selected Health Statistics Report that includes data on abortions performed in the state. This data shows that abortions in New Mexico increased 8% from 3,134 in 2012 to 3,408 abortions in 2013.

The report shows that minority Hispanic women are disproportionately targeted by the abortion cartel, accounting for 53% of all abortions in the state while Hispanics account for only 42.1% of the population.

In addition, abortions rose amongst Hispanic women by 9% from 1,643 in 2012 to 1,798 in 2013. This represented a larger percentage than the overall statewide trend.

According to Life Dynamics’s report, “Racial Targeting and Population Control,” New Mexico has the highest per capita Hispanic population of all 50 states.

Pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood, Young Women United and even the University of New Mexico have exploited this demographic in the worst possible way by targeting them for elimination by abortion.

As documented in previous reports, the University of New Mexico has a sordid reputation of targeting Hispanics for elimination by abortion thanks to UNM’s Eve Espey, Professor and Chair of the Department of OB-GYN, and Medical Director at UNM’s off-site abortion facility, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health.

Espey has also worked on the faculty of the Health Sciences Global Health Program (GHP), which collaborates with the United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) on education, service and research. Espey’s focus with the GHP was family planning and abortion in Mexico and Central America.

Espey performs abortions up to 22 weeks and is Medical Director at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health abortion facility. Eve Espey is not modest when it comes promoting a radical pro-abortion agenda at UNM, she is the main catalyst for this agenda according to her medical students.

As an avid promoter of abortion expansion in New Mexico and worldwide, Eve Espey received the 2014 Margaret Sanger award at the New Mexico Planned Parenthood’s 50 year celebration. Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, whose beginnings were deeply rooted in a racist, eugenics agenda, as evidenced by her own writings.

Sanger once stated, “Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” (The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda. Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.)

“Hispanic women are being lulled to their cultural extinction by following the ‘Abortion Pied Piper’ in New Mexico to the demise of their progeny. Unfortunately, pro-abortion groups in the state are doing a better job of marketing death to these women than they are in actually helping women through their pregnancies,” stated Bud Shaver.

It is up to those of us who support life-affirming alternatives to abortion to see that this deadly trend is reversed.

Dramatic Reversal: Abortion Protests Lead to Promising Public Policy Shift in New Mexico

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM — The first-ever National Strike for Life, held on January 22-23 was an astounding success, especially in New Mexico, where the idea for the two-day strike first originated.

One of the most impressive developments to come out of the event was a dramatic change in heart of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who campaigned as a pro-life supporter, but has been reticent in the past to take any action to make abortion facilities more accountable in her state where clinics have no oversight and abortions are legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

“There are literally no abortion laws in New Mexico. There’s no waiting period, no parental notification, and no safety standards or inspections. There’s no limits on abortion whatsoever. Because of this ‘Wild West’ attitude toward abortion, babies are killed in Albuquerque up until the day before birth,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, co-author of the new book, Abortion Free, which describes how to end abortion one community at a time. “Women and babies who should be protected by law are vulnerable prey to unscrupulous abortion mills that exploit the moms and take the lives of their babies for profit. It is only reasonable to call on the Governor for reforms.”

Now, a remarkable turn-around has taken place as a result of a year of focused protests culminating in last week’s National Strike for Life. Led by Protest ABQ’s Bud and Tara Shaver, who once interned for Operation Rescue, and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, the protests weren’t always popular.

In fact, last June, Martinez’s Re-Election Campaign Manager and Chief Campaign Strategist, Jay McCleskey, became tired of the protests that begged for help from Martinez in protecting women and babies from late-term abortions and confronted the pro-life activists – including the Shavers — stating, “You are all pieces of S***!”

Bishops speak out

But during the Catholic Bishop’s annual prayer breakfast with legislators on January 21, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, joined in Project ABQ’s call for abortion reforms and urged the New Mexico Legislature to pass a bill that would ban abortions at 28 weeks, or in the third trimester of pregnancy. So important is this new bill that the Bishops of New Mexico have made it their top legislative priority.

“It seems very reasonable after 28 weeks to have a bill for restrictions,” stated Archbishop Sheehan.

With the Republicans now in control of the House in New Mexico after years of domination by pro-abortion Democrats, for the first time the bill actually has the potential of passing.

Governor relents

Just two days after Archbishop Sheehan’s speech, Gov. Martinez relented of her previous inaction and went on the record in support of the bill banning late-term abortions. In addition, her spokesman noted that she also believes parents should be notified before a minor can have an abortion and went on the record with her support of Parental Notification legislation.

Albuquerque Journal supports late-term abortion ban vote

Then on Monday, January 26, the Albuquerque Journal published an editorial calling on the Legislature to put a late-term abortion ban to a vote. This is remarkable, given the newspaper’s opposition to the 2012 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in the City of Albuquerque, where the largest late-term abortion facility in America, Southwestern Women’s Options, dangerously operates.

“In 2013, 42 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, a Gallup poll found a nation still deeply divided – 47 percent said they were pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life. But in the same poll, just 14 percent thought abortion should be legal in the last three months of pregnancy and 80 percent opposed it,” stated the Journal’s Editorial Board. “When it comes to late-term abortion, New Mexico’s lawmakers should put themselves on record as well.”

Beginning of the end?

The Bishop’s public support for ending late-term abortions via new legislation, Gov. Martinez new pledge of support for pro-life legislation, and the Albuquerque Journal’s new-found support of a late-term abortion ban represent a foundational shift in public policy that could be the beginning of the end for unrestricted abortion in New Mexico.

If successful, the new legislation would save thousands of lives from abortion and spare women from the exploitation and grief that is currently inflicted upon them by the abortion cartel in New Mexico every day.

“Certainly, if it had not been for Protest ABQ’s relentless effort to bring about change, this dramatic reversal would never have happened,” said Newman. “Creating social tension through protest is still an effective tool for achieving change, and the developments in New Mexico prove it.”

Operation Rescue partnered with Protest ABQ in sponsoring the National Strike for Life, along with The Survivors, Created Equal and The Anti Choice Project: Washington D.C.

For more details and photos from the National Strike for Life activities nationwide, visit ProtestABQ.com.

Photos courtesy of ProtestABQ.com.