By Tara Shaver
Albuquerque, NM —Protest ABQ was officially launched in 2014 with the goals of educating the public to the fact that New Mexico had become the late-term abortion capital of the country and that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was the heart of the abortion cartel in the state. In addition, we wanted to expose and hold accountable those who either condone abortion outright or silently consent to it by refusing to take a bold public stand for protecting human life in the womb.
Our call was simple and concise...
"Stand Up For The Babies
And We Will Stand Down"
(Picture cropped and "orange-screen" added by New Mexico Political Report) Read their article: Activists plan to push lawmakers for abortion restrictions
Bud Shaver, executive director of Protest ABQ issued the following statement,
"Protest ABQ's tireless efforts over the past three years have helped to produce a dramatic reversal and promising public policy shift in New Mexico. Now in 2017 we are grateful that political leaders have stepped up with solid pro-life bills over the past two legislative sessions and have committed to carrying pro-life legislation until abortion is completely eradicated in the state. The University of New Mexico has been exposed nationally as one of the most abortion friendly universities in the entire country and UNM's collusion with the nations largest late-term abortion killing center is now under criminal investigation. In addition, we appreciate the religious leaders both Evangelical and Catholic who have recently demonstrated a willingness to publicly stand up for the babies, so we are standing down."
Protest ABQ was a campaign that was intended to only last a season, until the fruit of our protest efforts produced an environment where we can accomplish our ultimate goal:
Abortion Free: New Mexico.
Visit ProtestABQ.com to read about our protest focuses and efforts over the past three years.
By Tara Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops released an official "Statement on the Dignity of Human Life" addressing New Mexico Catholic legislators who have the practice of making public statements that do not represent the teachings of the Church.
Members of Protest ABQ who look to the leadership of the three bishops of New Mexico to address these important matters could not be more pleased with this statement addressing this important matter.
The statement in part reads,
"Recently, statements have been made by some Catholic legislators regarding abortion, doctor-assisted suicide and the Catholic Church. These statements may be confusing to the Catholic faithful and do not represent the teachings of the Church. It is not appropriate for elected officials to publicly invoke their Catholic faith and to present their personal opinions as official Church teaching. This misrepresents Church teaching and creates a public scandal for the faithful. Furthermore, this action publicly separates a person from communion with the Catholic faith.
Click here to read the full statement and please contact the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops and thank them for their commitment to upholding the dignity of human life.
Related: Archbishop Wester Rebukes Pro-Abortion Democrats Attempt to Invoke Their Catholic Faith
(Tara Shaver, Senior Policy Advisor for Protest ABQ, Angelo Artuso, Senior Attorney for Protest ABQ and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest of Priests for Life)
By Bud Shaver, Executive director of Protest ABQ
Albuquerque, NM- Protest ABQ's "Investigate and Prosecute" the New Mexico Abortion Cartel campaign launch in Santa Fe, New Mexico prompted a quick response from the New Mexico Attorney General's office.
On Monday, March 6, 2017 Protest ABQ's Senior Policy Advisor, Tara Shaver and Senior Attorney, Angelo Artuso met with Tania Maestas, Deputy Attorney General to receive an update on the status of the criminal complaint filed by Shaver in July of 2015. This criminal complaint was filed shortly after the Center for Medical Progress released their videos exposing the harvesting of aborted baby remains in abortion facilities throughout the nation.
Shaver's complaint outlined concerns about Southwestern Women's Options consent forms from 2012 and 2015 that women are obligated to sign which state that their babies remains may be used in medical research. Potential local law violations in the complaint included the Jonathan Spradling Anatomical Gift Act and the Maternal and Fetal Experimentation Act.
Two criminal referrals from the congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives have been sent to the New Mexico Attorney General's office since Shaver's initial complaint. These referrals have essentially validated Shaver's initial complaint and provided all of the necessary information for the Attorney General's office to act swiftly on this matter.
Ms. Maestas assured Shaver and Artuso that the complaint filed in 2015 is under investigation by the criminal division of the New Mexico Attorney General's office. They are hopeful that a resolution will be given in less than a years time.
“The Deputy Attorney General assured us that the complaint is being taken seriously. We will stay in touch with the Attorney General's office to make sure that Tara’s complaint remains a priority. Given that we are approaching the 2-year anniversary of the Complaint, we are hopeful that the Attorney General will reach a conclusion sooner, rather than later,” said Artuso after the meeting.
Tara Shaver issued the following statement,
"New Mexicans continue to be concerned about the relationship between the University of New Mexico (a publicly funded institution) and the nation's most notorious late term abortion facility, Southwestern Women's Options. These facilities are potentially in violation of both local and federal laws. This is a mater of urgency as aborted baby remains are still being harvested and transferred between the facilities for experimental research. Each day that passes poses a risk to the public and sends the message to the New Mexico abortion cartel that they have free reign to do as they please. We are grateful for the confirmation from the New Mexico Attorney General's office that the complaint and referral before them is being taken seriously and we urge them to work quickly to resolve this very important matter."
Confirmed: UNM and Nation’s Largest Late-Term Abortion Center are Under Criminal Investigation for Body Parts Scheme
(Special Prayer and Worship service at the Roundhouse sponsored by New Mexico Prays)
By Tara Shaver
Santa Fe, NM- On Sunday, March 5th two pro-life bills (HB220 and HB221) were scheduled to be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee at 10:00am, the time when most Christians are attending worship services. Many speculated that this time was strategically picked assuming that most pro-life Christians would not show up because they would all be attending church services, however, this instead provided a monumental opportunity for Christians to put their faith into action. Over 250 Christians attended a church service in the Rotunda of the State Capital building at 9am prior to the committee hearing.
(Special Prayer and Worship service at the Roundhouse sponsored by New Mexico Prays)
It was a historic event sponsored by New Mexico Prays. After the prayer and worship service, those in attendance had the opportunity to attend the House committee hearing which was very eye opening for many. Evangelicals were finally able to witness what we've witnessed for years, a legislature that does not work for the people and is not seeking justice for the pre-born babies in our state.
The New Mexico Political Report did a great job covering the frustration that many have expressed regarding the obstruction to pro-life legislation that takes place by the Democrats in Santa Fe year after year...
A panel of state lawmakers spent five hours Sunday hearing and debating two bills that would have restricted abortion access in New Mexico before tabling them on party lines.
Another endemic problem facing New Mexico that Protest ABQ has exposed for years was on full display on the NM House floor when a pro-abortion Catholic representative decided to invoke her Catholic faith as the basis for opposition to two pro-life bills. She was the lone voice speaking on behalf of the democrats who subsequently voted along party lines to prevent pro-life legislation from advancing to the House floor for an up or down vote.
However, one significant difference this year was a swift and decisive response from New Mexico Archbishop John C. Wester...
The New Mexico Political Report covered these latest developments,
Of the three Democrats on the committee, only Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, spoke during debate. She invoked her Catholic faith to explain her vote against the bill to ban abortions during 20 weeks or more of pregnancy.
Protest ABQ would like to thank Archbishop Wester for his public statement rebuking Rep. Roybal Caballero's attempt to invoke her Catholic Faith while opposing pro-life legislation.
Protest ABQ had recently brought to light the frustration of many pro-life Catholic's who expressed concerns with regard to several pro-abortion Catholic democrats including Sen. Ortiz y Pino who are expanding a radical abortion agenda in New Mexico without consequence.
(Proud Catholic for Choice, Sen. Gerald "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino)
In light of Archbishop Wester's public statement Protest ABQ is retracting our call, "during this season of Lent to pray and reflect about whether or not Catholics should withhold their annual Catholic Appeal pledge."
Hopefully this public statement by Archbishop Wester will send a strong message to Senator Ortiz y Pino and other Catholic legislators that they cannot invoke their Catholic faith to advance a radical abortion agenda in New Mexico.
Read New Mexico Political Report's article: House committee stalls another round of abortion bills
(Picture by Tish at ABQ #ProtestPP)
By Tara Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- Protest ABQ is made up of both Christian Evangelicals and devout Catholics who are committed to protesting the evil of abortion and holding our leaders accountable to end this grave atrocity. During this legislative session we have been approached by numerous Catholics who are distressed by the fact that pro-abortion Catholic democrat legislators continue to push a radical abortion agenda without being held accountable in any way by Catholic Church leadership.
One of the biggest problems New Mexico faces is religious and political leaders who either condone abortion outright or silently consent to it by refusing to take a bold public stand for protecting human life in the womb. For years Protest ABQ has publicly held political leaders both democrats and republicans accountable. Now Protest ABQ is compelled to focus on religious leadership.
It has become a public scandal when Archbishop John C. Wester publicly renounces republican Governor Susana Martinez when she tries to reinstate the death penalty but is completely silent when radically pro-abortion Catholic democrats like Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino sponsors a bill that will require religious hospitals to perform abortions and thus remove one of the few laws New Mexico has that protects hospitals and their staff members from being required to perform them.
This is not the first time Ortiz y Pino has acted in defiance to the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops without consequence. In 2015 the Senate Public Affairs Committee, chaired by Ortiz y Pino, killed all three pro-life bills sent to it from the house of representatives. Ortiz y Pino even refused to allow 911 calls documenting abortion injuries to be heard.
Pro-Abortion Catholics Attend Mass and Receive Communion
A member of Protest ABQ gave us this insightful reflection after attending mass where Ortiz y Pino received communion at St. Therese Parish in Albuquerque where he attends regularly,
"This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a mass at St. Therese parish in the North Valley; it was an eye opening experience as to why our Democrat legislators introduce abortion expanding legislation and oppose pro-life bills. Senator Ortiz y Pino actually sat in the pew behind me.
Senator "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino is a proud Catholic for choice, which means he proudly supports the choice of a mother to kill her pre-born child. He consistently votes in opposition to his faith and Pino has now sponsored legislation in New Mexico that will force Christian hospital workers to refer for abortions and force Christian hospitals to perform abortions!
(Proud Catholic for Choice, Sen. Gerald "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino
Faithful Catholics realize that until Church leadership addresses these rouge prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicians, that New Mexico will continue it's shameful reputation as the Abortion Capital of the Southwest and the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the Country.
Statement from Rene Gracida, the retired Bishop of Corpus Christi, TX
"I placed a Texas Legislator under INTERDICT forbidding her to receive Holy Communion for repeatedly stating in interviews that the Church allows Catholics to make up their own minds about the morality of abortion. I would EXCOMMUNICATE Gerald Ortiz y Pino."
Protest ABQ is urging Catholics with a well formed conscience to reflect and pray during this season of Lent about whether or not they should withhold their annual Catholic Appeal pledge until Archbishop Wester addresses this publicly and deals with Ortiz y Pino according to church teaching. Some have already vowed to withhold their pledge this year.
The Catholics who peacefully protest abortion and corrupt leaders in New Mexico will begin visiting parishes to urge others to withhold their annual Catholic Appeal pledge as well.
Please take a moment to kindly send a written letter to Archbishop John C. Wester and ask him to address how New Mexico Catholic pro-abortion politicians are expanding abortion in the state. Ask him to stop ignoring politicians who defy their faith and promote a culture of death in New Mexico.
The format of your letter should be as follows:
Your Street Address
City, New Mexico Zip Code
Most Reverend Archbishop John C Wester Date
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
The Catholic Center
4000 Saint Joseph’s Place NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
For those who would also like to call and email the Archbishop's office:
Executive Assistant to the Archbishop
Dolores Cordova 505-831-8100 and email here.
For those who decide to withhold their Annual Catholic Appeal pledge please make the following contact and let them know why you have made this decision:
Annual Catholic Appeal Foundation Director
Karin Wrasman 505-831-8155 and email here.