(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."
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