Protest ABQ Campaign Spurs Meeting With New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Over Abortion

[Operation Rescue partners with Project Defending Life and Protest ABQ to expose abuses and bring an end to abortion in Albuquerque, NM, the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the World. -- OR Staff]

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- On Saturday, August 16th after attending a gala hosted by the Baby Brianna Foundation, leaders of Protest ABQ, which included Bud and Tara Shaver, sat down with Gov. Susana Martinez during a 30 minute meeting and spoke about how she as Governor can take steps to protect the lives of women and pre-born children from the horror of abortion in New Mexico.

This meeting was a direct result of Protest ABQ’s focus on Gov. Martinez over the past several months due to her reluctance to take meaningful action to prevent abortion even though she campaigns as a pro-life supporter.

“New Mexico currently has no restrictions whatsoever on abortion. Because of that, Albuquerque is known nationally as the ‘Late-Term Abortion Capital’ of the nation where elective abortions are performed through all nine months of pregnancy. Therefore, it is imperative that the Governor take pro-active steps to reign in the out-of-control and unregulated abortion industry that is taking the lives of healthy babies just days or weeks before birth and sending women to hospitals for emergency care when things go wrong,” stated Bud Shaver Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

“During our meeting with Governor Martinez we were able to focus on these truths and discussed ways that this can change in New Mexico with her leadership.”

Since Saturday’s meeting with the Governor, correspondence between Protest ABQ leaders and members of Martinez’ staff has been initiated at her request.

This is a breakthrough and a victory.

It is the exact result expected from the Protest ABQ campaign. Protest ABQ is committed to exposing and protesting those who support, profit from and condone abortion. Protests and public pressure do work, and the Martinez meeting is proof of that.

Protest ABQ encourages pro-lifers across the nation to employ these methods. Protest ABQ is leading the charge and calling on pro-life groups to join us for a National Call to Action: “National Protest’s culminating with a National Strike on January 22, 2015.”

Protest ABQ has halted its protests of Gov. Martinez to give her and her administration an opportunity to take action on the abortion issue on behalf of the most vulnerable in our state as her re-election approaches.

Protest ABQ is currently focusing on the University of New Mexico (UNM) due to its radical abortion agenda. For more information about why UNM is the heart of the legalized child-killing cartel in New Mexico, please read the following report by Tara Shaver: “Exposé: Tax Funded Abortion Training and the Betrayal of True Medicine at UNM”.

Axe to Grind? Massachusetts Governor with Ties to Planned Parenthood Defiant of Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling

By Cheryl Sullenger

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is urging the passage of a new state law that will restrict abortion protesters, calling the legislation “a pressing need” in the wake of the unanimous Supreme Court decision that struck down that state’s “buffer zone” law, which prevented pro-life speech within 35 feet of abortion facilities.

However, Patrick’s apparent panic over pro-lifers having their First Amendment rights restored likely stems from his radical pro-abortion agenda and his time as a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts.

“Lawmakers need to be aware that Patrick’s personal history with Planned Parenthood makes him prejudiced against pro-life speech. His twisted view of pro-life activists has tainted his perspective. He clearly has an axe to grind,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Supreme Court spoke clearly on the unconstitutionality of infringing on the First Amendment right of protesters. Now Patrick is at it again, trying to further limit pro-life speech at abortion facilities where women often want and appreciate the help offered by pro-life supporters. The women who need and want help to avoid abortions are the ones Patrick is hurting the most.”

Operation Rescue obtained documents that show Patrick sat on the Planned Parenthood Board in the early 1990’s. His name is prominently featured in Planned Parenthood’s Board Meeting minutes and on Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts letterhead.

One letter featuring Patrick as a Board Member, dated May 4, 1993, concerns a woman whose daughter may have suffered injuries at Planned Parenthood and received a refund for services rendered. [View Documents, esp. p. 3.]

Patrick, an African-American, is apparently unbothered by the racist roots of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who proposed abortion and birth control as a way to “exterminate the Negro population.” (Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.)

“There can be no doubt that when women change their minds outside of abortion facilities and make decisions to continue their pregnancies, Planned Parenthood loses money. It seems that Patrick is more concerned about Planned Parenthood’s bottom line than he is about truly helping women, especially women of color who are disproportionally targeted for abortion,” said Newman. “Denying pro-life supporters their constitutionally protected rights to further his abortion agenda is stepping far over the line and is an abuse of his position as governor.”

The bill, which has been fast-tracked by Gov. Patrick and passed the State Senate last week at his personal urging, would allow police to disperse pro-life protesters if they receive complaints and ban them from within 25 feet of abortion facilities for eight hours.

“The proposed law is subjective and prone to abuse. Of course abortion clinic workers will complain all day long. At some point, abortion facilities and their acolytes, such as Gov. Patrick, need to understand that abortion facilities simply do not get to abuse the rights of others and are not above the law,” said Newman.

While pro-life protesters and sidewalk counselors are mischaracterized as “violent” or “aggressive,” Eleanor McCullen, the lead petitioner in the Supreme Court case told news reporters that kind of behavior is not beneficial.

“Our mission is there for the woman first. Then, of course, we’re the voice for the unborn child. And I’m not about to aggravate and say, let’s get a little closer to the door. That’s counterproductive,” she said.

“It is clear that Gov. Patrick is trying to do an end-around the Supreme Court decision and the Constitution by wrongly vilifying pro-life sidewalk counselors in order to protect the flow of money into the abortion cartel in his state,” said Newman. “In the interest of full disclosure, his ties to Planned Parenthood abortion businesses should be known before the State House of Representatives acts in response to Patrick’s personal – and blatantly unconstitutional — biases.”

Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

SBASC-CaptionedWashington, DC – In a huge victory for pro-life activists, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that established a buffer zone around abortion clinics, ruling it “inconsistent with the First Amendment.”

The Supreme Court ruled that that the buffer zone violated the First Amendment because it “restricts access to ‘public way[s]’ and ‘sidewalk[s],’ places that have traditionally been open for speech activities.”

“These buffer zones have not only denied pro-life activists their right to speak, but have also denied women the right to hear information about abortion that could be wanted and helpful to them in making a decision that will affect the rest of their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are very pleased with today’s ruling that upholds our precious First Amendment rights to speak out in the public forum without interference from the abortion cartel. We know that lives will be saved as a result of this decision.”

Abortion businesses have an economic incentive for denying free speech rights outside their facilities since every woman who changes her mind about having an abortion represents money that is lost to the business.

“Today, our freedoms have been restored and we predict that buffer zone laws across America will be invalidated and free speech can once again reign on public sidewalks everywhere,” said Newman.

Read McCullen v. Coakley Decision