Video Confession: UNM Official Confirms that Aborted Baby Brains Were Dissected by High School Students

Help urge the New Mexico AG to bring these ghouls to justice (see below).

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM — A new video interview has surfaced that confirms allegations made by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, that staff from the University of New Mexico used brains of aborted babies for dissection by high school students at a summer camp.

UNM-RothDr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, was questioned by Marcie May after a UNM meeting where the disposition of human fetal remains was apparently discussed.

“Can I ask you to repeat what you said before about the workshop with UNM fetal remains with high school students?” May is heard asking during the brief video clip released by the New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAL) on Youtube.com.

“Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains,” Dr. Roth replied.

Roth refused to mention the source of the fetal brains or exactly how they were procured.

NMAL noted that one meeting observer described Roth’s demeanor during the meeting as “cold, clinical and dismissive.”

On June 23, 2016, the Select Panel issued a 291-page letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas referring UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options for criminal charges related to their fetal organ procurement arrangement that violated state laws.

In that letter, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who chairs the Select Panel, referenced the fact that in May 2012, someone at UNMHSC had “asked clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 weeks for methylation study + because [redacted] wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/ summer camp students. Clinic est. 27 and 28 weeks.” [Letter Page 10]

This macabre request was recorded in a notebook that cataloged numerous fetal organs that had been procured or were requested by UNM. [Letter Attachment 28, Page 186]

The referral letter also referenced evidence that Southwestern Women’s Options is the sole provider of “aborted infant tissue” to the UNM Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). [Referral Letter Page 8]

Protest ABQ obtained Southwestern Women’s Option’s abortion consent forms from 2012 and 2015 that state: “pregnancy tissue may be used in medical research.”

This clearly violates New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which prohibits the use of aborted baby remains in medical research.

Protest ABQ filed a formal complaint in July 2015, with Attorney General Balderas seeking an investigation into the illegal use of aborted baby remains for research since the baby cannot consent to the donation. That complaint is still pending.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman says that Roth’s video confession not only verifies the Select Panel’s allegations concerning the fetal brain dissections by high school students, but lends added veracity to the rest of the Select Panel’s carefully documented information, which merits criminal charges or further criminal investigation.

“The video interview with Paul Roth corroborates the allegation made by the Select Panel. There should be immediate criminal charges filed against UNM and Roth, who apparently took no issue with high school kids dissecting aborted baby brains, and whoever requested the brains in the first place,” said Newman. “Everyone at UNM and at Southwestern Women’s Options that were involved with the illegal aborted baby body parts scheme must also be charged. Anything less is gross injustice.”

Please contact NM Attorney General Hector Balderas and demand criminal charges be brought against all at UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options who broke the law.

Toll Free: 1-866-627-3249
Phone: (505) 827-6000
Leave an e-mail message with Baldaras’s Media Contact: jhallinan@nmag.gov

[HT: NMAL & Protest ABQ]

Incomplete Abortion on Sick Woman at UNM Abortion Biz Puts Her in Hospital for 5 Days

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM — A pro-life group based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has reported that a 27-year old woman suffered an incomplete second trimester abortion at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health that resulted in her hospitalization with a serious infection.

The UNM Center for Reproductive Health is an off-campus abortion facility operated by the publicly-funded University of New Mexico. UNM has recently come under fire from the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which issued a 291-page referral letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, recommending criminal charges be filed against the University of New Mexico (UNM) related to the acquisition of aborted baby remains.

Protest ABQ has acquired documentation through an anonymous source that gave more information about possible acts of negligence and malpractice on the part of one of UNMCRH’s abortionists related to their treatment of “Patient A.”

Tara Shaver of Protest ABQ reported:

On May 17, 2016, Patient A arrived at UNMCRH 19.6 weeks pregnant for a two day D&E abortion procedure. On this day laminaria was inserted into Patient A’s cervix for artificial dilation despite the fact that she wasn’t feeling well and her lab results showed that her white blood cell count was alarmingly high at 21.7. The website Perinatology.com states that a normal wbc count for a pregnant woman in the second trimester is between 5.6-14.8. An elevated white blood cell count is an indication that a patient has an infection, disease or weakened immune system. Patient A was already at a high risk for infection.

Despite the fact that this patient had a compromised immune system UNMCRH placed performing the abortion above Patient A’s overall health and well-being. They proceeded with the second trimester abortion procedure, and dismembered the 19 week old pre-born child.

Shaver wrote that immediately after the dismemberment abortion, and seemingly without checking to make sure the abortion was complete, an IUD was inserted into the woman’s uterus before it had time to heal.

UNM conducted a study involving the placement of IUDs in immediately post-abortive or post-partum women that indicates immediate placement will save the patient money. However, placing a foreign object into a womb that has yet to heal from a nearly 20 week dismemberment abortion poses serious risks, especially in the case of this patient, who had indications she already suffered from an infection when the abortion began.

Shaver went on to explain what happened after the abortion was supposedly completed.

The very next day, after a restless night of sleep and increasing pain Patient A sought medical attention at UNM Hospital, where physicians that attended her suspected post abortion endometritis (an infection of the uterus) and an incomplete abortion. Patient A’s IUD was removed. She spent three days on antibiotics but on the fourth day her temperature spiked again and the UNM Family Planning Service division was consulted to provide a D&C to suction out any remaining fetal parts and or tissue.

Once the D&C was performed on May 22, five days after her abortion began, Patient A finally began to improve. She was discharged from the hospital the following day.

There were several actions taken by UNMCRH that could qualify for negligence and/or malpractice, including:

• Ignoring the woman’s symptoms of infection and proceeding with a risky late-term dismemberment abortion.
• Failing to provide treatment or refer the patient for treatment of her existing infection prior to the abortion.
• Failing to make sure the abortion was complete.
• Inserting an IUD immediately after the abortion knowing that the patient was more susceptible to infection than healthy patients.

Still unanswered is the question of whether the extracted remains of Patient A’s baby, who was one day shy of reaching the 20-week threshold of gestation, were sent to UNM for experimentation, as has happened in the past according to the investigation conducted by Select Panel on Infant Lives.

Some have reacted with frustration to this latest botched abortion incident.

“We know in the past that ambulances have been sent to UNMCRH on several occasions. Of course, that information is now being denied the public as is much of what The University of New Mexico does. What will it take for all interested parties (Regents, students, alumni, elected leaders) to wake up, speak up, and put a stop to a business that has been wounding women while making money aborting babies at every stage of pregnancy,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life.

UNMCRH has stopped the practice of calling the 911 exchange for help when abortions there go bad. This was done to ensure that no publicly accessible record would be created that might expose the frequency with which their patients require emergency life-saving care.

Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM), was concerned that the state officials were doing nothing to provide even minimal abortion safety standards in a state where abortion laws are essentially non-existent.

“I’m to the point where I’m saying that you must be approving of what is happening or you would be responding. New Mexico has evolved into the largest, the most abortion friendly state in the country right under our eyes and I for one do not think it’s appropriate,” said Rep. Pearce.

“For years, Tara Shaver and her husband, Bud, have worked tirelessly to expose the abuses that take place daily in Albuquerque’s abortion facilities. They have uncovered so many serious botched abortions I’ve lost count, even on women as far along as 35 weeks pregnant!” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “All our complaints have fallen on deaf ears while those who are supposed to be protecting the public make excuses for the appalling state of affairs within the danger-ridden New Mexico abortion cartel. From what I have seen, any regard for the life of the baby in the womb or the safety of women is simply absent from the regulatory system within the State of New Mexico.”

Read Shaver’s full report.

[Note: Documentation concerning Patient A’s horrendous abortion and ensuing complications is on file with Protest ABQ.]

What to Know about the Select Panel’s Criminal Referral against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM — Last week in their 291-page letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, the House Select Panel on Infant Lives laid out a clear and convincing argument for criminal charges against the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO), related to the acquisition of aborted baby remains.

The report and accompanying documentation included with the letter highlight eight important points.

1. Two UNM abortionists created a radically pro-abortion climate at the “resistant” university and created a cultural shift that now aggressively promotes abortion.

Two UNM abortionists (identified only as “Doctor 1” and “Doctor 4”) set out to force their abortion-expansion agenda on what was at first an unwilling university. The Select Panel stated:

“Since the time when opposition to participating in abortion procedures was the predominant view of UNM medical staff, the culture appears to have changed — along with the composition of UNM hospital and clinic personnel — to one aggressively in favor of the expansion of abortion.” [Page 5]

Those who opposed this new abortion agenda were marginalized and/or punished.

“In January 2016, a medical student filed a lawsuit against the UNM Board of Regents alleging that he was referred to a disciplinary committee by Doctor #1 and sanctioned by UNM for posting his personal views against abortion on his Facebook page, despite the fact that the posts did not mention UNM.” [Page 5]

Doctors 1 and 4 were known to “leverage their status” at UNM to recruit UNM employees and students to participate in political activities that would further their personal abortion agenda.

“Doctor #1, Doctor #4, and other UNM medical faculty members engaged in political fundraising and lobbying for an expansion of abortion services and public funding in support thereof—activities in which UNM students are encouraged to participate. [Page 12]

2. Taxpayers partially fund UNM and SWWO’s abortion businesses

The panel noted that the UNM doctors who were involved in procuring the remains of aborted babies for “research” and other purposes and who oversaw the transformation of that university into one with an aggressive abortion expansion agenda have salaries that are paid for by the taxpayers of New Mexico.

Other funding for UNM’s abortion programs came from the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation, which contributed over $2.5 million since 2001 [Page 14], and aided in the formation of the UNM School of Medicine Fellowship in Family Planning, which served as the vehicle through which UNM residents were deployed to SWWO.

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Taxpayers also footed the bill for abortion services at Southwestern Women’s Options, the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. In the attachment, “New Mexico Medicaid and SCI Reimbursements Received by Southwestern Women’s Options, 2010-2015” on page 159 it noted that SWWO received over $5 million in tax money in reimbursement for abortion services.

Operation Rescue earlier released evidence that New Mexico Medicaid would pay SWWO $16,000 to abort a 30-week Down syndrome baby, which also documented state tax-funding of abortions.

3. The primary goal of UNM’s partnership with SWWO was to increase the volume of second trimester abortions, presumably to provide the UNM Health Sciences Center with an ample supply of aborted infant remains for “research” and other purposes. [Page 4]

Second trimester babies were most desirable for UNM because they provided organs and tissue that was big enough for “research” purposes. They were also less likely to have been injected with digoxin, a drug that is used in later abortions to stop the heart prior to the extraction process. Digoxin renders fetal “specimens” unsuitable for research.

4. SWWO is the sole provider of “aborted infant tissue” to the UNM Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). [Page 8]

UNM collected hundreds of aborted infant remains during 39 procurement sessions since 2010, (about once every six weeks).

Those babies’ gestational ages ranged between 11.5-30.5 weeks.

• 14-18 weeks (second trimester) were most numerous.
• 20 aborted infants were beyond 20 weeks (5 months).

Harvesting took place on the following:

• 16 week twins with clubbed feet.
• 20 week twins (with intact brains).
• 22.5 week infant diagnosed with Downs syndrome.
• 25.3 week baby girl with an orofacial cleft.
• 30.5 week baby born “intact.”

Collected remains included: brain/head, heart, lung, eyes/retina, kidney, spleen, adrenal gland, intestines, bone marrow, and stomach.

UNM also acted as a distribution hub for aborted infant remains procured at SWWO, which were sent to other institutions such as the University of Florida, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

5. Whole brains from aborted babies were used for dissection by “summer camp” students.

“Research” wasn’t the only way aborted baby remains were used by UNM. Other applications were more grisly. On pages 9-10 of the Select Panel’s letter, it states the following:

The procurement notes provided to the Panel by UNM further confirm their acquisition of aborted infant tissue from SWWO for research purposes. References to specific studies were written in the notes along with lists of infant parts harvested. The lab tech wrote in May 2012 that someone from UNMHSC “asked clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 weeks for methylation study + because [redacted] wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/ summer camp students. Clinic est. 27 and 28 weeks.” [Emphasis in original.]

There was no word as to the age of the summer camp students, but if they were minors, subjecting them to Mengele-like dissection of human babies’ brains is inexcusable.

6. UNM’s training agreement with SWWO violated UNM’s own policies and procedures on such contracts.

UNM’s policies and procedures are very clear that UNM’s president, Chancellor of Health Sciences, or member of the Board of Regents were required on contracts. [Page 51]

Nevertheless, UNM’s contract with SWWO to provide training for UNM residents carried only Doctor #1’s signature – the same doctor who was one of the original abortion committee members who set out create a climate at UNM where abortion was aggressively promoted.

After public outcry over the trafficking of aborted baby body parts depicted in videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, UNM terminated its apparently illegal training contract with SWWO.

However, there is no evidence UNM’s practice of procuring aborted baby remains from SWWO ever ended, and the Select Panel assumes that it continues today.

7. UNM granted faculty status to SWWO abortionists that included employee benefits that provided professional and financial benefit. These benefits may qualify as ‘valuable consideration.” [Pages 6-7]

It is a violation of Federal Statute 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2 “for any person to “knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”

UNM and SWWO insist that no money changed hands in return for aborted baby parts. However, the Select Panel recommends further investigation to determine whether the employee benefits received by SWWO workers qualifies as “valuable consideration” under the law.

While SWWO abortionist were designated as “volunteers” and were not directly on the payroll of UNM, the benefits they received were the same as paid faculty, including some of the following:

• Free use of UNM’s gyms, handball court, tennis court, weight room, and Olympic-sized swimming pool.
• Free access the UNM libraries.
• Free admission to several museums.
• Discounted for tickets to sporting and cultural events.
• Discounted membership at a 9-hole golf course.
• Discounted leisure sporting equipment rentals.

There was only one thing that UNM got out of this arrangement with SWWO abortionists: aborted baby remains.

8. New Mexico’s Spradling Act was violated. [Page 11]

The Select Panel uncovered violations of New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which for years has been misconstrued by UNM to allow for the donation of aborted baby remains.

However, Select Panel attorneys found that the act specifically prohibits fetal remains from being donated for research or other uses, making the transfer of aborted baby remains from SWWO to UNM illegal.

According to this law, anatomical gifts may only come from “decedents.” The Spradling Act clearly states that “’decedent’ means a deceased individual whose body or part is or may be the source of an anatomical gift. ‘Decedent’ includes a stillborn infant and, subject to restrictions imposed by law other than the Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, a fetus but not including a fetus that is the subject of an induced abortion.”

Violation of the Spradling Act constitutes “a third degree felony and upon conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000) or imprisonment not exceeding six years, or both.”

Given what could be hundreds of violations, this has become a very serious criminal situation of UNM and SWWO.

Will the New Mexico Attorney General enforce the law?

It remains to be seen as to whether the New Mexico Attorney General’s office will actually take steps to prosecute the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options. New Mexico is a very liberal state that has traditionally ignored or dismissed complaints against its abortion businesses.

Tara Shaver of ProtestABQ previously filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s office seeking a criminal investigation into violations of the Spradling Act and other crimes, but has told Operation Rescue that she has not been notified that any investigation ever took place.

“We hope that this very heavily documented recommendation from the House Select Panel will persuade Attorney General Banderas to act to enforce New Mexico laws and stop the illegal exploitation of aborted babies for ‘valuable consideration.’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Due to the serious allegations of criminal conduct, we also hope that he will begin immediate proceedings to shut down the dangerous late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options, for good.”