By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- Abortion Free New Mexico has filed a complaint against four Albuquerque abortionists who operate at the notorious late term abortion facility, Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal and state agencies regarding a violation of the Risk and Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and prescriber agreement for the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone and the RU486 abortion pill. The abortionists include Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, Carmen Landau and Shannon Carr.
Earlier this month Abortion Free New Mexico filed a joint complaint with colleague Leisha Armijo-Martin against Franz Theard for his inability to comply with FDA regulations for prescribing Mifeprex. Theard operates abortion facilities in New Mexico and Texas.
According to the receptionist, SWO does not formally diagnose ectopic pregnancies either. Their inability to diagnose ectopic pregnancies in clear violation of FDA protocols places women's lives at risk and is a clear violation of the REMS requirements. As outlined in the FDA approved REMS document, prescribers of the abortion drug, Mifeprex (Mifepristone) must have the “ability to diagnose ectopic pregnancies.” Risk and Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) are required by the FDA, for the use of certain medications that carry a significant risk or, in the FDA’s own language, have inherent “serious safety concerns,” in order to mitigate some of that risk. As of December 31, 2018, there have been 24-reported deaths connected with Mifeprex (Mifepristone) use. Two of these deaths were attributed to ectopic pregnancies resulting in death.
Abortion Free New Mexico consulted a local OB-GYN about what should be done when caring for a patient with an ectopic pregnancy and continuity of care is at the top of the list. However, in a previous investigation, Tara Shaver exposed that Southwestern Women's Options doesn't provide ongoing care for their patients, the only service they provide is abortions.
When asked whether or not annual well women’s exams like pap smears are offered, the answer was, “No.” When asked if they screen for sexually transmitted diseases, the answer once again was no.
"When a woman goes for an abortion at Southwestern Women's Options, the abortionists are getting paid to do one thing, kill the baby, period. Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, Carmen Landau, and Shannon Carr named in our FDA complaint are not interested in providing ongoing legitimate OB-GYN healthcare because once the baby is dead then their job is done, but in the process many things related to the woman's health can be missed or overlooked. An ectopic pregnancy is one of those life threatening complications that no-one suspects and that requires rigorous continuity of care including, ongoing blood serum monitoring and medical intervention if needed. Women going into Southwestern Women's Options simply are not going to receive this type of quality health care," stated Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico.
Additional FDA ViolatioN
Through the course of this investigation SWO has also been found to be in violation of an additional FDA protocol by prescribing Mifepristone up to 11 weeks, which is 77 days gestation according to their website.
Mifeprex was only approvedby the FDA to be administered up to 70 days gestation. This additional violation of FDA protocol by the abortionists at Southwestern Women's Options has also been included in the formal complaint filed by Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico.
237 Abortion Pill Mills Scattered Across America
According to AbortionDocs.orgthere are 237 abortion pill clinics across the United States that are exclusively prescribing Mifeprex.
By Bud Shaver
Santa Teresa, NM/ El Paso, TX- Effective collaboration, unity, fellowship and community are just some of the things that Abortion Free New Mexico and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, director of Life Ministries US experienced the past two days doing pro-life outreach in the borderland. The pro-life community of Southeastern New Mexico and El Paso were such a blessing as they welcomed us with open arms and fully recognized the need to work together in unison, complimenting each other in an effort to make their communities abortion free. Abortion Free New Mexico would also like to thank the Martin family from Rio Rancho who joined us for this trip to light up the darkness, our families combined totaled four adults and ten children, a truly powerful presence and witness for life.
Revealing Drive Along Schuster Ave.
As you exit I-10 onto Schuster Ave. in El Paso, Texas you immediately pass the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on the left, directly past UTEP are the two hospitals where abortionist Theard delivers babies when he's not killing other women's babies, then on the right is his abortion mill "Hill Top Women's Reproductive Clinic", 1000 feet away is El Paso High School. Each afternoon these high school students walk on the sidewalks right in front of Franz Theard's abortion business as they make their way home.
1500 feet in the other direction, Franz Theard has his very separate OBGYN practice, where Abortion Free New Mexico spent time each morning to let his patients know that he is an abortionist. Many were surprised and appalled. What woman would want an abortionist to deliver their baby? One mile up the road, with a scenic overlook, is Theard's home. Being on the ground in El Paso and exposing Franz Theard's abortion business helped us to see who his targeted client base is and how his grisly abortion business has infiltrated this part of El Paso.
Just 11 miles down I-10 and across the Texas/ New Mexico border is Hill Top Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. This clinic is being strategically utilized to evade Texas abortion laws regarding minors. Theard readily sends minors to this clinic from his El Paso location and continues to put these girls lives at risk while prescribing the deadly abortion drug Mifepristone (RU486).
Even though members of our group asked to meet and pray with him, Theard refused. This hardened heart, we hope, will change as we continue to reach out to him and educate the community about who he is and how his abortion businesses are bad for New Mexico and Texas.
After our visit, Southwest Coalition for Life Director, Mark Cavaliere, issued the following statement,
"We are extremely humbled and grateful to Abortion Free New Mexico for generously traveling from Albuquerque to invest two days of their time and expertise to help our local mission by drawing attention to El Paso abortionist Franz Theard's FDA violations and double-life of delivering babies at his ObGyn office while killing them just a half mile down the road at his Hill Top abortion center. Their gracious collaboration and dedicated focus on accountability has helped to fill a void in El Paso which complements our specific ministry focus of crisis intervention through sidewalk advocacy and prayer, and Guiding Star El Paso's focus on crisis management through ongoing client care. We sometimes forget that unity does not mean uniformity, but God gives us each unique callings and talents to suffer and rejoice together as one Body (1 Cor 12:18-27)."
Snapshot of our extensive protest efforts that covered two states in two days!
Abortion Free New Mexico, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest and Southwest Coalition for Life join forces at Franz Theard's OBGYN office located only a half a mile down the street from his abortion killing center.
Residential protest combined with "Chalk and Awe" throughout Franz Theard's posh neighborhood exposing that fact that Franz Theard has been making his money for decades off of the blood of defenseless children and that they have a killer living among them!
Abortion Free New Mexico, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato: The Protest Priest and Southwest Coalition for Life protested outside of two El Paso hospitals, The Los Palmas Medical Center and The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus, where abortionist Franz Theard has admitting privileges to deliver babies on the days he's not killing them.
Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico spoke to representatives of both hospitals to follow up with them since they refused to release a statement earlier this month. On both of their websites abortionist Franz Theard is listed as a "Physician affiliated" with their hospitals "in good standing". While both hospitals confirmed that in fact Franz Theard does deliver babies at both hospitals.
Abortion Free New Mexico, Southwest Coalition for Life and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato director of Life Ministries US who's "On the Road for Life" then teamed for prayer and protest in Santa Teresa, NM at Hill Top Women's Reproductive Clinic located just across the Texas border in New Mexico. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato lead Mass and prayers of minor exorcism on location!
Abortion Free New Mexico filed a joint complaint last week against abortionist Franz Theard with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal and state agencies regarding a violation of the Risk and Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and prescriber agreement for the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone and the RU486 abortion pill.
"We look forward to future outreaches in the Borderland to keep the pressure on Franz Theard and his abortion businesses. Abortion is bad for our communities and Abortion Free New Mexico is fully committed to honing in on the weak links of the abortion cartel in our state. Pregnant women, the residents of Santa Teresa and El Paso, and his colleagues deserve to know about Franz Theard's abortion businesses and must be made aware that he has betrayed true medicine and is doing harm instead of healing."
One News Now interviewed Tara Shaver while we were on the ground in El Paso, TX and published the following report: Pro-lifers take issue with abortion-giving OB-GYN
In addition to being on the ground, Abortion Free New Mexico has mailed postcards throughout both communities in El Paso, TX and Santa Teresa, NM to both residences and businesses surrounding his abortion killing centers, his OBGYN office and both hospitals!
(Front of postcard)
(Back of postcard)
ACTION ITEM: Abortion Free New Mexico is asking people to call Franz Theard and ask him to get out of the abortion business.
Upcoming Event this Week...
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- After Abortion Free New Mexico revealed that it has filed a formal FDA complaint against abortionist Franz Theard, local pro-life advocates from Southwest Coalition for Life have announced that he has not shown up to perform abortions this week!
In addition to our public presence on the ground in El Paso, TX and Santa Teresa, NM we are also mailing over 2,000 postcards throughout the two communities letting them them know about Franz Theard's double life as an abortionist and OBGYN doctor delivering babies at TWO local hospitals!
"Abortion Free NM will be visiting the El Paso area September 16-17 as part of a public awareness campaign to help expose Theard's double life as a notorious abortionist while also working for The Hospitals of Providence and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare to deliver babies. Theard also has his own private obstetrics office just a half-mile down the road from his abortion center on Schuster. While his HilltopWomensReproductive.com website only offers abortion and does not use the word "baby" or his name, his ObGyn office has a separate website at DrTheard.com which includes his service of "guiding your baby into this world."
Upcoming Events this Week...
Join us for Faith to Action Friday (September 13th) and for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children (Saturday September 14th):
(Click here for more information and let's let our light shine bright!)
(Click here for more information, blessed are those who mourn.)
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- As the fate of Roe v. Wadehangs in the balance, state legislatures across the country have passed some of the most extreme abortion bills ever seen. While states like New York and Illinois have swept away abortion restrictions, other states like Ohio and Alabama have passed abortion bans that could provoke the overturning of Roe. In New Mexico, this past legislative session, pro-life legislators from both parties put partisan politics aside and crossed the aisle to defeat the radical pro-abortion lobby's attempt to overturn settled law in New Mexico. New Mexico representatives and senators defeated HB-51 and upheld a criminal abortion law that was passed by the state legislature in 1969. If the criminal abortion law was currently being enforced, New Mexico would not be known as the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the world.
On Saturday, September 14, local residents will gather to remind the community that abortion is not just a political issue. They will be marking the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children with a graveside memorial service at 10:00AM at Sandia Memory Garden (9500 San Pedro Drive NE Albuquerque, NM 87113).
“Too often, abortion is just seen as a political issue or a matter of personal choice, but abortion has real victims: the 60 million American children who have lost their lives to abortion since 1973,” said Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico, one of the organizers of the Day of Remembrance in Albuquerque. “In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some of those victims have been buried right here in Albuquerque.”
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, director of Life Ministries US will share the background on the gravesite and the two babies that are buried here.
Shaver commented, “Visiting the graves of aborted children really puts these legislative battles into perspective. All the protests on one side and celebrations on the other, all the threatened boycotts and political posturing—none of it seems to matter when you realize that actual victims of abortion are buried right beneath your feet. These tiny children were never born. Never learned to walk. Never had a first day of school. They were never even given names by their parents so we the pro-life community give them their names and remember them.”
Of the 60 million victims of abortion since Roe v. Wadewas handed down in 1973, only a tiny fraction have received a proper burial, at gravesites scattered throughout the country. But all of them will be mourned on September 14 during memorial services at those gravesites and dozens of other memorial markers set up in their honor.
The memorial service on Saturday, in Albuquerque, will include prayer and messages led by:
Special guest speakers include former Lieutenant Governor candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes & Michael Hendricks who has just announced his candidacy for New Mexico House District 20.
The Day of Remembrance is being organized by three national pro-life groups—Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League—to humanize the unborn victims of abortion by raising awareness of their burial places. The bodies of tens of thousands of aborted children have been retrieved from trash bins, landfills and other locations and buried at more than 50 gravesites across the country.
At AbortionMemorials.com, visitors can learn the stories of how many of these children were killed, how they were found, and the details of their burial. The website also lists hundreds of memorial sites dedicated to the victims of abortion throughout the United States.
The first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Memorial services were held at 38 burial places of abortion victims nationwide, as well as scores of other memorial sites dedicated to these children. The Day of Remembrance is now held annually on the second Saturday in September.
See also AbortionMemorials.com and learn more about Saturday's event hosted in Albuquerque at AbortionFreeNM.com
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- Abortion Free New Mexico has filed a joint complaint with local pro-life activist, Leisha Armijo Martin against abortionist Franz Theard (who operates at Hilltop Reproductive Health Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal and state agencies regarding a violation of the Risk and Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and prescriber agreement for the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone and the RU486 abortion pill.
Risk and Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) are required by the FDA, for the use of certain medications that carry a significant risk or, in the FDA’s own language, have inherent “serious safety concerns,” in order to mitigate some of that risk. As of December 31, 2018, there have been 24-reported deaths connected with Mifeprex (Mifepristone) use. Two of these deaths were attributed to ectopic pregnancies resulting in death.
Mifepristone is the drug used on the first day of chemical abortion procedures which blocks progesterone, a necessary hormone during pregnancy. The blockage of progesterone essentially starves the newly formed baby of vital nutrients needed to survive. A second drug called misoprostol is given up to 48 hours later which causes cramping, bleeding and the ultimate loss of the pre-born child if there is no intervention. Some RU486 abortions can now be reversed if progesterone is supplemented throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.
In an undercover investigation, Abortion Free New Mexico called Hilltop Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico to determine whether or not they are compliant with the prescriber agreement required by the FDA to prescribe Mifeprex (Mifepristone). According to the receptionist, abortionist Franz Theard does not have the proper ultrasound to diagnose ectopic pregnancies, which is a clear violation of the REMS requirements. As outlined in the FDA approved REMS document, prescribers of the abortion drug, Mifeprex (Mifepristone) must have the “ability to diagnose ectopic pregnancies.”
In the call to Hilltop Women's Reproductive Clinic, the caller asks, "Are you guys able to detect like an ectopic pregnancy if I came in for a procedure there?"
Hilltop Women's Reproductive Clinic receptionist responds, "We do not have a vaginal ultrasound, the vaginal ultrasound would detect if it's um ectopic."
In the recorded phone call to Hilltop, the abortionist who performs the abortions, in clear violation of the FDA's requirements, is identified as, "Doctor [Franz] Theard."
Despite the fact that Franz Theard is unable to detect and diagnose ectopic pregnancies, he is still prescribing Mifeprex (Mifepristone) and performing medical abortions up to 9 weeks gestation.
In the FDA complaint filed by Shaver and Armijo-Martin they request,
"that the Sponsors (drug manufacturers) ensure that they have on file, a current, signed prescriber agreement form for Franz Theard M.D. who operates at Hilltop Women’s Reproductive Clinic located at, 5290 McNutt Road Suite 106, Santa Teresa, NM 88008 and ensure compliance prior to dispensing the drug to the dispensers in question. We are also requesting an FDA-audit on both the suppliers and the prescribers to the ensure safety of the consumers."
The Weak Link: An Abortion pill mill that is violating FDA requirements
In 2017 Abortion Free New Mexico conducted an undercover investigation revealingthat Franz Theard was utilizing Hilltop Reproductive Health Clinic located in New Mexico to circumvent Texas parental notification laws.
Hilltop's website boasts that, "New Mexico does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions regarding mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states." This makes it so easy for Theard to instruct minors in Texas who don't want their parents to know they are pregnant to cross state lines to obtain abortions using drugs that have long list of side effects and life threatening complications.
Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico issued the following statement,
"Franz Theard is placing the lives of minors in jeopardy when he prescribes Mifepristone, the abortion pill, to his patients in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. He is doing this in violation of FDA requirements that are in place because this drug poses such a threat to the women who are receiving it. An ectopic pregnancy is usually diagnosed by a physician who then provides continuity of care to them, but abortion facilities simply aren't in business to provide legitimate healthcare that protects both mom and baby, instead the lives of both are held in the balance. It is our hope that the FDA and other responsible agencies, as a result of our complaint, will investigate and act swiftly to make sure that Theard is no longer able to receive and administer Mifepristone, the deadly abortion drug, in southern New Mexico."
The Double Life of Franz Theard
Abortionist Franz Theard performs abortions in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas at Hilltop Women's Reproductive Services. He also has an OBGYN practice just down the street from his El Paso abortion center where he does surgical abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy. Even though he went to school to become an OBGYN, just 4 years after Theard received his medical license he began performing abortions in the El Paso area. Theard has maintained hospital privileges at two El Paso hospitals over the years, The Hospitals of Providence and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare. Abortion Free New Mexico reached out to both hospitals for comment but they both refused to give a statement.
Theard is caught in between two worlds and at some point they will collide. In fact, Theard's dirty little secret isn't completely under the radar as locals have informed Abortion Free New Mexico that Theard has been called to the hospital to assist with the delivery of a baby, but those in the community who know that he is an abortionist have refused to allow him to do so.
If these hospitals are only just now finding out about Theard's abortion businesses, will they want to keep him in good standing? Will Theard be faced with a decision, to kill babies or bring them into this world?
What More Can Be Done?
Abortion Free New Mexico intends to visit Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas this month to further inform both communities about who Franz Theard really is and to urge him to stop performing abortions. We also have a few other public awareness projects in the works!
Bud & Tara Shaver
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