By Bud Shaver,
Albuquerque, New Mexico- Abortion Free New Mexico has obtained the most current Medicaid data from the New Mexico Human Services Department which shows how much state tax dollars are being used to fund abortions through New Mexico Medicaid.
In a public records request submitted on July 13, 2022, Abortion Free New Mexico's Tara Shaver asked for information that is a matter of public record which included:
1. Total number of abortions abortions paid for by New Mexico medicaid in 2020 and 2022. 2. Please include with specificity the week of pregnancy in which each abortion was performed and also the medical provider who was reimbursed for the procedure. 3. Total dollar amount that was paid for these procedures."
Unfortunately, under the current administration only the total number of abortions and the total dollar amount reimbursed by New Mexico Medicaid in 2020 and 2022 was provided. This lack of transparency is in stark contrast to previous years that Abortion Free New Mexico has made public requests in order to inform the public about how their money is used to fully fund abortions using state tax dollars.
On Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Governor Lujan Grisham signed an executive order pledging to designate $10 million dollars to fund a borderland abortion center in Dona Ana County. By signing this order she has vowed to use New Mexico tax dollars to fund out of state abortions, primarily for women who cross state lines to kill their unborn children. For her to be able to foist this radical agenda upon New Mexicans she would have to be re-elected and be able to get the funds approved through the state legislature. Abortion Free New Mexico has been working tirelessly to make sure this doesn't happen by helping to get out the vote for pro-life candidates.
Nearly $1,000,000 of our tax dollars that are already being paid out by New Mexico Medicaid over the past two years alone for 7,327 abortions should alarm us all and motivate us to act! While we can't stop New Mexico Medicaid from funding abortions, we can work to prevent Michelle Lujan Grisham's latest attempt to force us as New Mexican citizens to pay for an abortion center that will cater to out of state women seeking to kill their children by voting pro-life. It is vital that each New Mexican of conscience is mobilized to help get pro-life candidates elected in November. Early voting is right around the corner so time is of the essence to volunteer your time, talents and treasure to the candidate of your choice who will stand for life and make sure that Lujan Grisham's nefarious plans don't come to fruition," stated Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico.
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, New Mexico- Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, it is crucial that we continue to mourn the millions of lives lost to abortion, and repent of the national sin of abortion, even as we begin the project of extending legal protection to unborn children in every state we can.
On Saturday, September 10, 2022 pro-life Americans all across the country will honor the memory of the more than 60 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
Solemn prayer services will be held simultaneously at gravesites where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor.
Join Abortion Free New Mexico in Albuquerque, at the only location in New Mexico where two aborted children are buried, for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children and ensure that our unborn brothers and sisters will not be forgotten.
Memorial Service for Victims of Abortion
By participating in the National Day of Remembrance, visiting these solemn memorial places at other times of the year, and spreading the word about this prayer campaign, you are helping to humanize our aborted brothers and sisters and deepening your own commitment to ending the injustice of abortion. The National Day of Remembrance also offers hope and healing to women who have had abortions and others who have been hurt by abortion.
HIJACKED: ALBUQUERQUE CITY BUDGET FUNDS $250,000 TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD ONLY $100,000 TO BARRETT HOUSE
By Bud Shaver
Albuquerque, New Mexico- Albuquerque City Councilor Renee Grout's effort to re-appropriate $250,000 away from Planned Parenthood was hijacked Monday night, August 15, 2022, and ultimately failed. The Albuquerque City Council voted to approve an amended version of R-22-46 which will now give $250,000 to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as well as $100,000 to the Barrett House and $100,000 to the Community Energy Efficiency Project.
The amendment that hijacked Grout's original intent to prevent $250,000 taxpayer dollars from funding the nations largest abortion provider was sponsored by Councilors: Tammy Fiebelkorn (D), Trudy Jones (R) and Klarissa Pena (D). Once again a Republican, Trudy Jones, voted with liberal progressive democrats to ensure that Planned Parenthood will receive taxpayer dollars which violates the consciences of many residents in the city of Albuquerque.
There were many present in support of Councilor Renee Grout's amendment to re-approppriate the Planned Parenthood funds to the Barrett House, they spoke very rationally about the need to use those funds to help homeless women and their children which would alleviate some of the crisis our city is currently experiencing. Many shared that it makes more sense to use the funds for the immediate needs of our community and that taxpayers should never be forced to pay for abortions.
Most of those who spoke in favor of funding of Planned Parenthood were members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. They called for an increase in funding to Planned Parenthood due to the increased traffic the state anticipates in the wake of the overturning of Roe v Wade. The original sponsor of the bill, Tammy Fiebelkorn, agreed with their call for additional funds and she made it clear that she is an unapologetic supporter of the business that kills over 300,000 babies in the womb each year.
Councilor Dan Lewis rightly pointed out,
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico performs surgical dismemberment abortions up to 5 months gestation and brings in an annual revenue of $4.7 million dollars!"
Lewis raised the question as to why Planned Parenthood needs additional money from Albuquerque taxpayers. This unfortunately did not sway the 5 members of the council that ultimately voted to pass the bill.
Abortion Free New Mexico is grateful for Councilor Grout's effort to re-appropriate the funds away from Planned Parenthood and into the hands of organizations that provide real help for homeless women and children. Elections have consequences and the residents of Albuquerque must work to replace council members like Trudy Jones who depart from their party platform and refuse to listen to their constituents. Last night's vote was unconscionable, reckless and should motivate us to change the makeup of our city council, " stated Tara Shaver spokeswoman of Abortion Free New Mexico.
If you live in District 8, which includes Albuquerque's Far Northeast Heights and Foothills, please consider running for that City Council position to unseat Trudy Jones in November 2024.
Bud & Tara Shaver
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