Select Panel Refers UNM & Late-term Abortion Facility for Criminal Charges Related to Fetal Tissue Procurement


By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chairman of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, has sent a letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas, Jr., referring the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO) for criminal charges and further investigation.

Blackburn’s 291-page letter contained attachments that document what she described as “systematic violations of the law” related to the “transfers of value” of fetal remains for “research purposes.”

“This recommendation of criminal charges against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options is the fruit of years of research and hard work done by a tenacious community of pro-life activists,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Seeing the fruit of that labor makes this a great day for us. All that’s left now is for law enforcement to read them their rights and take them away!”

Operation Rescue has worked extensively in New Mexico with activists Bud and Tara Shaver of ProtestABQ to expose and oppose Southwestern Women’s Options, which is the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., committing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

ProtestABQ has for years called attention to Southwestern Women’s Options’ long affiliation with the University of New Mexico. SWWO is the only supplier of aborted baby tissue to UNM, and there appears to exist a “symbiotic relationship” between the two, according to Blackburn.

The letter to Banderas explained that UNM aggressively expanded abortion services in Albuquerque over the “resistance” of University officials. This eventually forced an ideological shift at the University to one that now is focused on abortion promotion, using even UNM students to further their pro-abortion political agenda.

Blackburn indicated that 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.

The Panel also notes that SWWO staff were brought on the UNM as “volunteer” faculty and received employee benefits at UNM.

It was Tara Shaver that first uncovered SWWO’s participation in supplying aborted baby tissue after she obtained an abortion consent form that buried brief tissue consent language near the bottom of a wordy form that required a patient signature before abortions could be performed. This raised questions about whether women actually understood that their aborted baby’s remains would be used for “research.” That consent form was modified after Shaver made the initial, illegal form public.

Shaver filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s office seeking a criminal investigation into violations of the Spralding Act and other crimes. That complaint has been so far ignored.

“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 Newman. “We also hope that he will put an end to UNM’s practice of using taxpayer funds as well as UNM students to push their political agenda of abortion expansion upon an unwilling community.”

Operation Rescue also calls for the immediate closure of Southwestern Women’s Options in light of the serious criminal accusations that are now pending.

Read Blackburn’s letter to Banderas dated June 23, 2016

Join #OperationRNC’s Statewide Tour of Ohio to Keep the GOP Pro-Life

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Columbus, OH — Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, will join with Mark Harrington of Created Equal, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and others on June 16-17, 2016, for a state-wide tour of Ohio in advance of the Republican National Convention as part of #OperationRNC.

During the Ohio tour, the #OperationRNC leaders will lay out details for public events at the Republican National Convention in July.

Speakers at the press conferences will be outlining proposed changes to the pro-life plank of the Republican Party Platform and announcing public outreach events during the convention.

The eyes of the entire world will be focused on Cleveland this summer as the GOP nominates their candidate for the POTUS.

#OperationRNC leaders will hold press conferences at the following locations and times:

Thursday, June 16
• Columbus 9am – 3455 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43213
• Cincinnati 12:30 PM – 2314 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
• Dayton 3:00PM – 224 N Wilkinson St, Dayton, OH 45402

Friday, June 17
• Toledo 9am – 1301 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604
• Cleveland 12:30PM – 1 Center Ct, Cleveland, OH 44115

The tour will culminate in a rally to be held at a Cleveland-area church on Friday evening at 7 pm at the following location:

Calvary Chapel
709 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109

The public is invited to attend all events.

“Once again, there is a movement within the GOP to not only gut the pro-life planks from the party platform, but silence the voices of pro-lifers who are demanding an end to abortion,” said “Once again, there is a movement within the GOP to not only gut the pro-life planks from the party platform, but silence the voices of pro-lifers who are demanding an end to abortion,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Softening its position on abortion would spell disaster for the Republican Party and for the future of our nation. Please join us for #OperationRNC and let’s keep the GOP pro-life!”

For more information visit #OperationRNC on Facebook.

Planned Parenthood Requested “Early Shutdown” to Ambulance Responding for 15-year Old Suffering Patient

Asked for the ambulance to shut off lights and sirens as they approached the Kalamazoo abortion business despite a “Priority One” medical emergency.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kalamazoo, MI – A clip of a 911 call and other records recently received by Operation Rescue show that a 15-year old girl was transported from a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a local hospital.

The recording and CAD printout show the teenager was having difficulty breathing, a critical emergency the Planned Parenthood abortion facility was not equipped to handle.

The ambulance was dispatched “Priority 1,” indicating a serious, life-threatening condition. A Planned Parenthood worker instructed the ambulance to pick up the patient from the rear delivery entrance and also requested an “early shutdown,” presumably of lights and sirens as the ambulance arrived. Shutting down lights and sirens could cause the ambulance to be delayed by traffic.

The incident took place on September 10, 2015. No further information is available on the 15-year old’s condition.


Abortionists who have been known to work at the Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood include:

Mandy Gittler, who was responsible for the abortion-related death of Tonya Reaves in 2012. Planned Parenthood paid out a settlement of $1.5 million to Reaves surviving son.
Virgil C. Reid, III, who also serves as medical director for Planned Parenthood Illinois, and worked at the same Planned Parenthood abortion center where Reaves was fatally injured.
Laura D. Castleman, who has written extensively on manual vacuum aspiration techniques for abortion procedures and provides abortion training for the National Abortion Federation.

“Once again an ill-equipped Planned Parenthood abortion business has sent a suffering patient to the hospital for emergency care it could not provide,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The young lady is lucky to be alive, no thanks to Planned Parenthood or its dangerous staff of abortionists. There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ abortion business and our research into abortion abuses proves it.”

Operation Rescue, which works to document cases of medical emergencies and other abuses at abortion facilities, has recorded nearly 100 cases of patient-related medical emergencies at abortion centers across the United States in the past 18 months alone. Those incidents represent only a small fraction of women who are actually hurt by abortion each year.

Further information about documented abortion injuries is archived by facility at