By Bud Shaver,
Albuquerque, New Mexico- In a sad and sobering report by a pro-abortion research arm, New Mexico experienced a 220% increase in abortions from January 2020-June 2023, which is the highest increase in the nation.
As more women come to New Mexico abortion facilities, the pro-life community has an amazing opportunity to minister to them and give them hope to keep their babies. Abortion Free New Mexico wants to ensure that the local pro-life community is prepared with the knowledge and courage to defend precious lives.
Join Abortion Free New Mexico for an afternoon of training and fellowship as we dive into a comprehensive look at the abortion cartel as well as the hard truth about how abortions are done and the beauty of fetal development.
We will also begin building our high school outreach team which will be prepared to engage New Mexico's youth with the truth about abortion. Did you know that minors in New Mexico can obtain abortions without their parents knowledge? In fact, because of the passage of the new law HB7, any member of a public body "shall not deny, restrict, or interfere with a person’s ability to access or provide reproductive health care or gender-affirming health care within the medical standard of care." School districts and institutions of higher education are considered public bodies and are expected not to interfere but to affirm whatever choice a child wants to make.
We hope you'll partner with Abortion Free New Mexico to directly engage high school students with invaluable pro-life information that can help impact course of their future! Let's work together to build a culture that loves life and honors the Lord.
By Bud Shaver,
Albuquerque, New Mexico- On Wednesday, July 19th Abortion Free New Mexico volunteers documented the sixth abortion injury of 2023 at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health abortion center. A fire engine and an ambulance were photographed onsite and a woman was taken to a local emergency room. It is unknown what injuries were incurred because the City of Albuquerque refuses to release redacted 911 calls to Abortion Free Mexico leader, Tara Shaver. First and second trimester procedures are performed up to 24 weeks (6 months) of pregnancy at this location.
This abortion injury occurred just weeks after New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham launched a Reproductive Health Hotline to connect women with abortion providers throughout the state. Abortion Free New Mexico confirmed through a recorded phone call that this hotline is only referring women to pro-abortion organizations and offers little to no help to women who want to continue their pregnancies.
Spokeswoman, Tara Shaver issued the following statement,
One thing is for sure, the abortion industry is determined to kill children in the womb no matter what harm may come to the women seeking these grisly invasive procedures. It is a shame that women are not told about potential complications and sometimes irreversible damage that can occur at the hands of local abortionists. Abortion is not healthcare, there is no healing involved in an abortion only death, guilt, shame and regret.”
Abortion Free New Mexico volunteers continue to be on the frontlines everyday in front of Albuquerque abortion facilities. They serve as a voice for unborn children who are scheduled to die and as a resource for women who are open to hearing about all of their options. These volunteers see first hand that the New Mexico abortion cartel is actively thwarting opportunities for women to learn about other positive alternatives to abortion. The UNM Center for Reproductive Health has recently installed a gate to prevent sidewalk counselors from interacting with women in a nearby alley and have also modified their scheduling procedures to have all abortion patients enter the abortion center during a one hour time frame each day.
Abortion Free New Mexico is currently serving two women that have chosen life for their babies.
Contact the Board of Regents at University Of New Mexico and insist that this dangerous abortion facility be closed for good.
Email: Regents@unm.com | Call: 505-277-7639
By Bud Shaver,
Albuquerque, New Mexico- On June 24, 2023, Abortion Free New Mexico spokeswoman, Tara Shaver spoke with KOB 4 about New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham's new abortion hotline. It is being called the "NM Reproductive Health Hotline " and is linked to the New Mexico Department of Health's (NMDOH) Abortion and Reproductive Health section which explicitly affirms that,
Abortion is legal and accessible in New Mexico."
Abortion Free New Mexico had it's suspicions about the real purpose of this new initiative and Tara Shaver stated to KOB 4 during her interview the following,
I can certainly appreciate that, you know, the governor is trying to make an effort to provide resources for women,' said Shaver.
In order to confirm exactly what this hotline offers, Abortion Free New Mexico conducted its own investigation by calling the hotline.
Here is the 22 minute recorded conversation in its entirety:
The representative that answered the call confirmed that she was with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and when the investigative caller tells her that she is 8 weeks pregnant and calling for resources, the NMDOH representative immediately assumes that the caller wants an abortion.
When the investigative caller says she's not sure if she wants an abortion or to keep the baby and asks if there are pregnancy resources, the NMDOH representative gives her phone numbers for pro-abortion groups, "All Options" and "ReproCare". The representative then circles back and gives the caller all of the Albuquerque abortion centers names, addresses and phone numbers.
The investigative caller then asks about other resources like maternity homes and housing during the pregnancy. The investigator is told to call the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (NMRCRC) for housing information. However, upon calling the NMRCRC a recording instructs women to visit their website and fill out their Abortion Fund Application.
The first thing you see on their website emphatically states,
UNLESS YOU ARE SEEKING ASSISTANCE OBTAINING AN ABORTION, PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR PATIENT HELPLINE."
It's unclear why the NMDOH would refer to this organization for housing as their stated mission is to ONLY help women seeking abortions by providing,
Plane tickets, meals, ground transportation, and clinic fees fully paid."
During the investigation, the caller also asked about prenatal care and parenting classes and was told that all hospitals provide those instead of referring to life affirming organizations like CareNet that provide free parenting classes outside of a hospital setting.
It is misleading and downright dishonest for the Governor to state that the NM Reproductive Health Hotline is comprehensive. This couldn't be further from the truth. During the investigation conducted by Abortion Free New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Health representative had to research housing on the spot and only referred to domestic violence shelters and a radical group that ONLY helps women obtain abortions.
It's truly a sad reality that the New New Mexico Department of Health is actively promoting abortions and as a result, the number of abortions have more than doubled as the KOB 4 report mentioned above revealed,
there were over 11,000 reported abortions statewide in 2022. Of those, over 6,000 were from out-of-state patients."
The KOB 4 news coverage continued,
[Tara] Shaver says she doesn’t want women to travel to New Mexico.
New Mexico pro-life organizations have so much to offer women with unplanned pregnancies.
In fact, Abortion Free New Mexico recently announced, Life Fund: Emergent Financial Support During Pregnancy.
Bud & Tara Shaver
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