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

Disturbing Backgrounds of Two New Wichita Abortionists Renew Calls for Defense of 2011 Abortion Facility Licensing Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — South Wind Women’s Center has recently hired two out-of-state abortionists that hail from two abortion chains with histories of abortion abuses. They join two other abortionists at South Wind who also have troubling issues that could negatively impact women who seek abortions at the Wichita, Kansas abortion facility.

Colleen P. McNicolas, 34, is a Doctor of Osteopathy that has worked at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, the site of 25 documented incidents of abortion-related medical emergencies requiring hospitalization since 2009. Her published papers show that in addition to abortion, she has a particular interest in long-term “contraception,” including the use of Intrauterine Devices on women, which are known to cause very early abortions.

Robin Bresette, 37, is known to supply abortions for the Texas-based abortion chain, Whole Women’s Health, at their Minneapolis, Minnesota, facility, and also at the last abortion center in North Dakota, Fargo’s Red River Women’s Center. Operation Rescue documented that Whole Women’s Health facilities in Texas were engaged various abortion abuses, including the illegal dumping of aborted baby remains for which it was heavily fined.

Both McNicholas and Bresette were licensed in Kansas earlier this year, with Bresette’s permanent license going into effect on September 8.

“We can only expect that these two abortionists will import their shoddy practices to Kansas, which already has its share of substandard abortion operations,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are raising the alarm about the competency and safety concerns with all South Wind’s abortionists, which are a very troubled lot with histories that should shake everyone’s confidence in the clinic’s ability maintain accepted medical standards.”

The two women join South Wind’s primary abortionist, Cheryl Chastine, who recently admitted in numerous posts on Twitter.com to suffering from a mental health disorder, for which she is heavily medicated. Chastine was fired from her non-abortion job at a legitimate medical facility near Chicago, Illinois, after pro-life activists there publicly exposed her involvement with abortion in Kansas. Prior to her employment at South Wind last year, Chastine had no experience with abortion procedures whatsoever.

Also listed as providing abortions as South Wind is the notorious Missouri abortionist Allen Palmer, 75, who works part-time for Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas, a facility that was charged by former District Attorney Phill Kline with 107 criminal counts related to illegal late-term abortion and manufacturing evidence to cover their crimes. Those charges were eventually dismissed after incriminating evidence in the custody of the State Attorney General’s office was mysteriously destroyed.

Palmer, who works on a sporadic, extremely part-time basis at South Wind has his own background of problems with the law. In 1979, Palmer was convicted and incarcerated for corporate tax evasion. His Missouri medical license was suspended two years later and he was placed on a five-year probation.

“South Wind has managed to round up abortionists who are at the bottom of a very rotten barrel. We are legitimately afraid for the lives of women who may seek abortions at that facility,” said Newman.

South Wind Women’s Center opened last year in the same building that once housed George Tiller’s late-term abortion business. It is operated by Tiller’s former political lobbyist, Julie Burkhart, who has no medical background.

To make matters worse, a 2011 Kansas law that would have required abortion facilities to be licensed and meet minimum safety requirements has been held in limbo in a state court with no action since August, 2012. Currently, South Wind, which cannot meet the requirements in the 2011 licensing law, is completely unaccountable to any state oversight agency.

“Given the backgrounds of South Wind’s abortionists, such as mental disease, a criminal conviction, and a long list of botched abortions, the fact that there is no accountability for this abortion business means that women who walk through its doors are in serious jeopardy of being carried out on a gurney to the emergency room or to the morgue,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue is seeking to persuade Gov. Sam Brownback through a petition to instruct the Attorney General’s office to immediately being to defend the abortion facility licensing law that is languishing in a Shawnee County Court without action for over two years.

Please sign the petition to urge Gov. Brownback to order the Attorney General to defend the 2011 abortion facility licensing law.

VICTORY: Judge Upholds Iowa Webcam Abortion Ban Regulations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Des Moines, IA – Polk County District Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled today that the Iowa Board of Medicine was acting within its proper authority when it banned the use of Planned Parenthood’s experimental “Webcam” abortion pill distribution process. This ruling will allow the implementation and enforcement of the webcam abortion ban in 30 days.

Planned Parenthood has said it will appeal today’s ruling.

“Operation Rescue has worked with other state and national pro-life groups since 2010 to bring an end to this dangerous abortion pill distribution racket that puts Planned Parenthood profits above the lives and health of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Today represents a long awaited victory for women and their babies.”

Webcam abortions enable an abortionist to remotely dispense abortion pills to patients in other cities without leaving a central office. The abortionist visits briefly for a short time with a patient via an internet video conferencing system then clicks a button on his computer that remotely opens a drawer in front of the patient containing the abortion pills.

The Board found that the lack of a physical examination by the dispensing abortionist fell well below patient care standards.

A report by the Des Moines Register elaborated:

The judge wrote that the board cited “legitimate reasons” to require physicians to perform an in-person physical examination before prescribing the abortion pills. He also wrote that if the procedure is no longer offered at satellite clinics, rural Iowa women would have to travel farther to obtain abortions, but he said this would not cause “undue hardship.”

However, despite Planned Parenthood’s claims, the outlying facilities operated by Planned Parenthood that currently use the dubious abortion pill distribution scheme are located in Iowa cities that have ample legitimate medical services available and are not in “rural” areas as Planned Parenthood claims.

In recent months, Planned Parenthood has voluntarily shut down webcam abortions in ten facilities. Nine offices still employ the now-banned pill distribution process.

Operation Rescue brought the webcam abortions to light after an undercover investigation in March, 2010, then exposed plans by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand the scheme into every one of their clinics nationwide, ironically during a protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Cedar Rapids. This would have represented the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Since Planned Parenthood’s plans became public, 14 states have passed restrictions that require a licensed physician be present when abortion pills are dispensed, effectively banning the process of webcam abortion process. The planned national expansion of the webcam system has since been scuttled in the wake of the new state laws.

Read the Ruling