Congressional Subpoenas Go Out to Uncooperative Abortion Providers, Profiteers

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has announced that it will begin issuing subpoenas next week to two businesses and one publicly-funded university in an attempt to obtain information in its investigation of abortion abuses. All three institutions have been uncooperative with the Select Panel’s requests to voluntarily provide information to the Committee.

Chairman Marsha Blackburn released a statement on Thursday indicating that subpoenas would go out to the following:

Stem Express, a California organ procurement company that profited from contracts with Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses for the purchase of aborted baby remains for “research” according to video and documents obtained by the Center for Medical Progress.
University of New Mexico, a tax-funded institution that operates a free-standing abortion business, UNM Center for Reproductive Health, and also has a relationship with Southwestern Women’s Options to provide emergency hospital care for its frequent patients that suffer life-threatening abortion-related complications.
Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion facility that conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Documentation obtained by Tara Shaver of Protest Albuquerque shows an alarming pattern of abortion injuries at this facility, which takes advantage of New Mexico’s lack of abortion laws to conduct very late abortions that are illegal in other states.

“It will be interesting to see what happens next. The subpoenas will set up a showdown between the rule of law and those who routinely act outside it. Will there be compliance with the subpoenas or will these members of the Abortion Cartel continue to behave as if they are above the law?” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We hope there is compliance, but the Committee must be prepared for the same arrogant defiance we have seen so often in the past.”

Operation Rescue has worked with Shaver to expose the safety issues posed by Southwestern Women’s Options, which is ill-equipped to handle complications that can arise from risky late-second and third trimester abortions. Last month Operation Rescue named Southwestern Women’s Options among the six most dangerous abortion businesses in the U.S.

According to a consent form obtained by Shaver, the remains of babies aborted at Southwestern Women’s Options, are automatically used in research. Since the “consent” for research is buried in the same consent form for the abortion, it is doubtful many women even realize their babies are being turned into fodder for laboratory experimentation.

In addition, Operation Rescue and Shaver have often teamed up to expose the University of New Mexico’s participation in abortion and their efforts to protect and advance dangerous, unrestricted abortion in that state.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Committee to tear off the veil of secrecy that is protecting a corrupt system that is shielding abortion businesses from responsibility for substandard operations that is brutally killing babies just weeks or days from delivery and endangering the lives of women every day,” said Newman.

So far, Stem Express, UNM, and Southwestern Women’s Options have been uncooperative with efforts by the Committee to obtain information from them on a voluntary basis.

Blackburn revealed that the Committee has sent out over 30 letters requesting information to aid the investigation, which has now expanded beyond the topic of fetal tissue trafficking by Planned Parenthood.

Read Blackburn’s Press Statement

Breaking: UNM Halts Abortion Rotation at Late-Term Abortion Facility But Continues to Break the Law

[Note correction at end of article]

UNM

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- The ABQ Journal newspaper is reporting that the University of New Mexico, which is a publicly-funded institution, has partially cut ties with Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion facility owned by Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd, that conducts abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.

UNM has severed an agreement with SWO to provide abortion training for UNM medical students. However, it says it will continue to accept harvested aborted baby parts from this facility. Before UNM’s move to cut formal ties with SWO, it appeared that the university was providing staffing to the abortion facility in exchange for the fetal remains that it says it uses for “research.”

The problem with this body parts arrangement is that it is in violation of New Mexico law.

Protest ABQ obtained Curtis Boyd’s consent forms from 2012 and 2015 that states: “pregnancy tissue may be used in medical research.”

This clearly violates NM Statute Chapter 24 Section 6b, which states:

The Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. This statute forbids the use of aborted babies in medical research and goes further to exclude aborted babies as decedents (section D.) who are incapable of making an anatomical gift who can donate their organs and tissues for “transplantation, therapy, or education.”

For this reason, Protest ABQ filed a formal complaint in July 2015, with the New Mexico Attorney General 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.

UNM Abortion Ties

For the past five years members of Protest ABQ have been exposing and protesting the University of New Mexico’s abortion agenda. The pro-life group exposed the fact that SWO is training UNM medical students through the Ryan Residency Abortion Training Program. In addition, UNM runs a free-standing abortion facility through the illegal use of taxpayer funds. Her work at the UNM-operated abortion facility has led to the promotion of UNM staff physician and abortionist Eve Espey to the position as Chair of the OBGYN Department.

“UNM is the heart of the abortion industry in the state, but perhaps that is beginning to change,” said Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ. “But UNM’s continued harvesting of aborted baby organs at Southwestern Women’s Options remains a huge issue since the law prohibits the use of aborted baby remains for research purposes.”

The University of New Mexico had been utilizing Curtis Boyd and other late-term abortionists to train residents and fellows in second trimester procedures. Through an on-site clinical rotation these procedures required students to dismember pre-born children in the womb and then extract their tiny bodies in pieces through the 25th week of pregnancy. UNM has had training agreements with Curtis Boyd going back at least to the 2011-2012 school year.

No Transparency or Accountability

On November 2, 2015, Protest ABQ submitted an Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) request in reference to fetal tissue contracts and agreements between UNM and Curtis Boyd’s abortion business. UNM responded with a letter informing Protest ABQ that no such documents were found.

UPDATE: We have learned that the documents showing the relationship between UNM and Boyd were actually obtained through the efforts of the New Mexico Alliance for Life and their legal counsel. (The Journal article was unclear as to how the documents were obtained. We apologize for any misunderstanding and congratulate NMAFL on providing this information to the public.)

This withholding of information from a legally submitted IPRA request is in violation of New Mexico’s public information laws.

“UNM is a publicly funded state institution, but like other leaders in the state, they feel no need to obey the laws and provide transparency about the abortion agenda they embrace and promote. This is a disgrace that will require legal action on our part,” stated Bud Shaver.

According to a 2015 training agreement between Curtis Boyd and UNM, Boyd describes abortion procedures beyond 20 weeks as causing “feticide” using a drug called digoxin. He specifies that after the procedure, the fetal tissue will then be given to UNM.

However, digoxin, a drug that essentially causes the baby in the womb to die from a heart attack, contaminates the tissue, making it unusable for medical research. This fact was publicized widely over the summer as the Center for Medical Progress released several videos that showed Planned Parenthood abortionists and representatives from biotech companies clearly discussing the topic of digoxin and how it taints the fetal tissue.

This has led to suspicions that Boyd may have lied about using digoxin and is instead using the now illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to obtain body parts that are suitable for medical research.

Procedures used by Curtis Boyd during the late-term abortion procedures that have resulted in the use of human remains for research must be investigated.

Rampant Complicity

“Members of Protest ABQ met with Martinez four years ago and laid out the case against UNM and Paul Roth, CEO of UNM Health Sciences Center, who heavily promotes abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Roth has been highly instrumental in pushing a pro-abortion agenda at UNM,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, Founder of Protest ABQ. “Earlier this year we exposed an uncharacteristic donation made by Roth to New Mexico GOP Speaker of the House Don Tripp, which suspiciously occurred shortly after a closed door meeting between legislators and UNM officials about fetal tissue research and disposal.”

Protest ABQ leaders have met with the UNM Board of Regents President Jack Fortner about the UNM abortion agenda. Both Gov. Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry are well aware of the tentacles of the abortion industry in New Mexico that extend from UNM. Nevertheless, Mayor Berry recently teamed up with abortionist Eve Espey on an initiative targeting high school teens for sex education and abortion.

“The Republican leadership in this state have done nothing but cooperate with and shelter UNM and the late-term abortion industry in New Mexico. Under Martinez and Berry’s watch, with their full knowledge, Roth and Espey have built up and expanded the abortion industry in the state through UNM,” stated Bud Shaver.

The bottom line is that while UNM is cutting ties with the local late-term abortion business, UNM still is in violation of the ban on aborted baby tissue use in research. In addition, any affiliation or use of University resources to promote abortion is strictly forbidden under Federal Law that bars tax money from funding abortion services.

The ban on using tax money for abortions is being blatantly violated at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH), which is an abortion facility operated with the help of tax funds by UNM.

Protest ABQ calls on UNM to stop violating the law by halting the practice of harvesting aborted baby remains and closing down the UNMCRH abortion facility. This will restore the rule of law and do great good for the community of Albuquerque and for the lives of children who will be saved in the womb as a result.

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Gov. Martinez attended UNM. That was in error. Gov. Martinez attended University of Texas in El Paso for undergrad and got her law degree in Oklahoma.

“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