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!
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- Join us for two pro-life events this weekend, Faith to Action Friday and South Valley ABQ Walk for Life this Saturday.
Join us: South Valley Walk for Life (Saturday August 24, 2019)
"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." (Daniel 12:3)
Join us: Faith to Action Friday (August 23, 2019)
Let's stand together for life and strategically step out in faith to transform our community.
UNM is at the heart of the abortion cartel in New Mexico, as a publicly funded institution UNM consistently promotes a culture of death and is actively training the next generation of abortionists...
If you can't join us, please keep our efforts in your prayers that hearts will be touched and eyes will be open to the truth about abortion in New Mexico.
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- Join us for an important pro-life prayer service taking place in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 14th. On that day, pro-life Americans will honor the memory of the more than 50 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Solemn prayer services will be held simultaneously at gravesites around the country where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the memorial service taking place in our community as part of the the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children:
Special guests participating in this event include:
Please come out for this important pro-life event, prayerfully witnessing to the humanity of our unborn brothers and sisters, together with our fellow pro-lifers throughout the country.
In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord promised us: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
On September 14th, we seek that divine comfort as we mourn for the victims of abortion. Let us never forget their precious lives as we continue to work and pray for an end to abortion.
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, NM- This past week we were blessed to return to Flagstaff, Arizona for some pro-life fellowship and a church presentation where our pro-life journey began 12 years ago. Twelve years ago we were involved an apartment ministry in Flagstaff, that is when the Lord opened our eyes and heart to the injustice of abortion raging all around us that we were completely oblivious to.
We made a commitment to our Lord not to remain oblivious nor silent any longer, twelve years later and we remain steadfastly engaged in ending America’s greatest injustice! Whether it’s traveling to Washington D.C. or joining you on the sidewalk for Faith to Action Friday, all of our efforts are working towards the goal of ENDING abortion in our lifetime. Thanks for standing with us on our journey!
Bud & Tara Shaver
We are working toward an Abortion Free New Mexico where every pre-born child is valued and protected.
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