Congressional Investigative Panel's First Hearing on Bioethics & Fetal Tissue as UNMHSC Harvested Heart Vessels from 57 Babies Aborted at Late-Term Clinic Owned By UNM Professor Curtis Boyd
Wednesday, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn announced the first hearing of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives will be held on Wednesday, March 2. Members of the panel will hear testimony from expert witnesses on the issue of bioethics and fetal tissue. This comes as citizens across the state along with New Mexico Alliance for Life have serious concerns regarding the ethics of harvesting organs, body parts and tissue from aborted infants used at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) for research, especially as the university continues to withhold public documents surrounding this issue.
"UNMHSC's research studies involving organs, body parts and tissue from aborted babies up to 24 weeks gestation gives rise to many ethical concerns, especially considering UNM's lack of documents evidencing their protocols and procedures," said Elisa Martinez, NMAFL executive director. "The UNM study using heart vessels from 57 babies harvested within 30 minutes of the abortion procedure raises serious ethical concerns and highlights the need for the Congressional panel's investigation, as UNM professor Curtis Boyd performs the abortions in his private clinic and is then thanked in UNMHSC studies as tissue collector, when does one role end and the other begin?"
Arthur Caplan, director of the New York University Langone Medical Center's Division of Medical Ethics, who was quoted in Live Science, referred to fetal tissue research as "the ticking time bomb of medical ethics," and argues that fetal tissue donation at abortion clinics presents a conflict of interest for clinicians because it "shifts the focus away from women and their needs."
The study obtained by NMAFL (view here) explicitly references different aspects of the abortion procedure, which questions if there was any separation between the harvesting of organs and the abortion procedure.
The incentive for abortionists to harvest organs for research, which is often funded by private and taxpayer grants, presents an alarming bioethical concern.
1) Study uses "human fetal ductus..and aorta," yet deemed "non human" by UNM
2) 57 aborted babies up to 22 weeks (5 months) from "healthy women"
3) Abortion procedure referenced in the actual study
4) Results of study: theoretical
UNM HEART VESSEL STUDY RESULTS: THEORETICAL
The scientific merit of the UNM study is also suspect. Dr. David Prentice, a stem cell research expert states after reviewing, "The results are strictly theoretical and make no headway toward actual knowledge of whether the genes studied may work in humans toward closure of the ductus arteriosus at birth. Not of much practical value." Martinez asks, "If these studies have little scientific merit, why go to great lengths to harvest body parts from aborted babies--are the millions of taxpayer dollars in research grants an incentive to harvest body parts for research at UNM, which may also compromise women's health in the process?"
The Select Panel's Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted. A live webcast will also be available at the same link on the day of the hearing.
ARE YOU DISGUSTED BY THE TOTAL DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE IN UNM'S NEEDLESS STUDIES?
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New Mexico Alliance for Life Attorney Files Lawsuit Against UNM Health Sciences Center, Withholding Documents on Study Involving Extracted Eyes of Aborted Babies Up to 24 Weeks Gestation Harvested from Southwestern Women's Options
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is not being transparent about its aborted fetal research program and is either breaking state open records law by withholding documents they are required to maintain by federal regulation- or potentially breaking federal law by not maintaining the documents. NMAFL's attorney filed a lawsuit with District Court in order to obtain documents UNM is required to maintain pursuant to federal regulation originally requested in January, as covered in the Albuquerque Journal today.
NMAFL previously confirmed that UNMHSC is harvesting baby body parts... including eyes, brains, livers, hearts, kidneys... from aborted babies at Southwestern Women's Options, one of the only abortion clinics in that nation that performs abortion until the day of birth for ANY reason.
UNMHSC has ALSO not been cooperative with the Congressional Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives led by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who had to subpoena UNM HSC and Curtis Boyd's Southwestern Women's Options in order to obtain documents originally requested regarding the practices of UNMHSC's human research programs, arrangements with Curtis Boyd who also serves as UNM "Assistant Clinical Professor" and their practices of harvesting fetal tissues of late-term babies from his clinic.
"UNMHSC's shroud of secrecy around its aborted fetal research program is why New Mexico Alliance for Life welcomes the congressional investigation. NMAFL and the public are entitled to examine documents about this program pursuant to state open records laws, and UNMHSC is required to maintain documents regarding its aborted fetal program pursuant to federal law, documents UNMHSC has withheld for public inspection to date from our open records request. UNMHSC is either violating federal law, by not maintaining documents required or breaking state law by withholding specific documents requested from the 2015 study using extracted eyeballs from babies aborted up to 24 weeks gestation from late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd."
Is UNMHSC Chancellor Paul Roth Allowing the Violation of Federal Law?
"Ultimately, Dr. Roth is entrusted to ensure UNMHSC is following the law when it comes to research involving human subjects. NMAFL along with New Mexico taxpayers need the confidence that is happening at UNM and are afforded their rights to view public documents - especially when it comes to studies involving body parts, tissues and organs that carry blood-borne pathogens and can expose the public to infectious diseases," Elisa Martinez added.
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Senate Public Affairs to Hear SB 242 Late-Term Abortion Ban and SB 243 Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Tuesday, February 9th at 1:30 PM Room 321
There are 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans.
We need just one Democrat to listen to their constituents and join Republicans to pass.
This common-sense legislation is supported by the vast majority of women, men and New Mexicans but will NM Senate Democrats led by Committee Chair and professed 'Catholic' Sen. Jerry Ortiz Pino and others vote to kill the bill, therefore relegating thousands of innocent, helpless and viable babies to die at the hands of profiteering late-term abortionists in NM?
Tell them to vote FOR both SB 242 and SB 243 or you will work to vote them out this November. It's that simple.
The people of New Mexico will be watching how Senate Democrats and the Public Affairs Committee votes on this life and death matter: either vote with the people of NM or will they vote with the out-of-state pro-abortion extremists and their well funded lobby? The choice is simple, life or death. New Mexicans will not forget come election time in November.
New Mexico, Its Time To Send Late- Term Abortionist Curtis Boyd, Eve Espey and Company Back To Where They Came From!
1) Please RSVP for the committee hearing by replying to this email.
2) PRINT UP FACT SHEETS HERE AND USE THIS INFORMATION IN YOUR TESTIMONY. Make sure to
3) STAY ON MESSAGE. We need pro-life supporters to deliver the message in the content of these fact sheets.This issue is not about arguing economics or religion. It is a human rights issue of life and death. PERIOD. And the VAST MAJORITY OF LATE-TERM ABORTIONS ARE ELECTIVE. Read more here.
Whatever you do, please get this information out to your friends, family, church groups and civic groups. This is our chance to send late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd & company back to where they came from and stop the needless bloodshed of innocent babies in our state.
Contact your state Senator:
Find your State Senator here
Watch Saturday: First Vote on
Infant Born Alive in House Health Committee
Tune in Saturday 8:30 a.m. to watch as the House Health Committee debates this basic care bill.
See how they vote and hold them accountable.
If these Legislators believe babies should be left to die or killed, they do not deserve to hold elected office in our state.
Thursday, the Health House Committee took public testimony on HB 275 to Require Medical Care for All Infants. Sat., Feb. 6 at 8:30, they will vote on HB 275 (no public testimony, just debate among themselves). Watch online here.
SHOCKING FACT: Due to the lack of any state law that would require medical care be given to infants born alive after a failed abortion--these innocent, helpless newborn survivors can and most likely are being left to die in abortion clinics and hospitals across the state.
convicted late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell who snipped the spinal cords of babies who came out alive during abortions-- some would let out whimpers others screams. The late-term abortion method he used called "induction" abortion can result in a live birth, since the birthing process is unnatural and uncontrolled and can take anywhere from 2-7 days for women to deliver. Protocols for this outlined by UNM OB-GYN Dept Chair Eve Espey who also serves as Director for UNM's late-term abortion clinic clearly indicate this occurrence of infants born alive, but again, NMAFL and taxpayers of New Mexico ask, what care is provided to these babies? Are they left to die in a utility room without comfort or nourishment? Are they just set aside or intentionally killed? This is simply unacceptable, and NMAFL along with New Mexicans across the state demand basic human rights be upheld by passing HB 275 "Require Medical Care for All Infants."
Sadly, pro-life New Mexicans did not show up in great numbers for the first committee hearing of this historic, humanitarian legislation. This issue has nothing to do with so called "abortion rights" however the rabid, pro-abortion crowd and their paid activists did show up, and displayed all levels of histrionics in opposition: "this bill will create a police state," "this bill is insidious" or making misleading statements like, "this bill will interfere with the relationship between a woman and her doctor."
Those, including multiple physicians, in favor of the bill made fact-filled statements as to why children who survive abortion are innocent victims and should be given basic medical care and nourishment. How can anyone in their right mind be so cruel as to deny a newborn baby medical care and nourishment? This reveals the extreme, unsympathetic and unflinching disregard the pro-abortion industry and their activists have for these newborn victims. Babies who didn't ask to be killed, who don't have a voice-- except for those who will stand up and fight for them, who will be their voice?
WILL YOU BE A VOICE FOR THESE HELPLESS VICTIMS?
Will you take the time to do something about this...Or will you do nothing? If you can't be a voice for these victims, who will?
PLEASE take the time to get involved NOW, this is a critical time for the lives at stake:
1) Are you able to contact your legislators, friends, church, pastors and ask them to help us stand up for human rights and fight the culture of death at the NM Legislature?
2) Will you consider attending committee hearings, clear your schedule and go speak to your elected representatives during the legislative session? That's all it takes--is more citizens like YOU to take action, and hold them accountable. There are less than two weeks left to get this bill through the House and Senate, follow NMAFL updates for information.
3) Contact members of the Health House Committee, your state Rep.and state Senator today and tell them to vote YES on HB 275 or you will work to vote them out in November. Its that simple.
4) SHARE THIS SHOCKING INFORMATION WITH EVERYONE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ABORTION, THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS OUTRAGE. SINCE THE MEDIA IS SILENT YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED NOW TO SPEAK UP FOR THE VICTIMS.
It's time for the people of New Mexico to rise up and stand up for those most vulnerable and innocent members of society. It's time to start holding elected officials and the abortion industry accountable. It's time to take back our state from rabid pro-abortion activists paid by the out-of state abortion industry and propped up by extremist pro-abortion elected officials.
"The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing"
-- Edmond Burke
HB 275 A Result of New Mexico Alliance for Life Investigation Into UNM Health Sciences Center Policy for Babies Born Alive After Abortion Procedure
HB 275 will have first committee hearing on
Thursday, February 4 in House Health Committee at 8:30 a.m. in Room 309, NM State Legislature
NMAFL has uncovered the University of New Mexico's OB-GYN Dept. Director and UNM late- term abortion clinic director, Eve Espey outlines how infants show signs of life after late-term abortions but does not indicate how they are cared for. What is truly alarming is the policy uncovered by NMAFL does not indicate how these babies are being cared for inside the abortion clinic or UNM Hospital--alive, crying, frightened and fighting for their lives. "The question is not a matter of "if" this is happening but when it does, what provisions are being provided to these babies born alive in abortion clinics across New Mexico?" said Elisa Martinez, executive director of NMAFL. As exposed by NMAFL, Espey also set up the invalid contract with late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd which resulted in the disbanding of UNM resident training at his clinic.
This bill will provide the necessary oversight to prevent another Kermit Gosnell, late-term abortionist convicted of three counts of murder who delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, that he and his assistants "snipped" the newborns' spines with scissors. Or late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, whose former assistants accused him of killing "three to four born-alive babies a day by cutting their spinal cord, forcing instruments into the soft spots of their heads or even twisting their heads of their necks."
"This legislation supplements the federal Infant Born Alive Protection Act and ensures these babies receive the same proper care as any newborn. Due to the lack of any current regulation of the abortion industry in New Mexico there is no indication whether or not the existing law is being enforced since there is no accountability. How can we expect any industry, like the abortion industry, to self-report against their own perceived self-interest?"
"There is no reason for anyone to not support HB 275, a long overdue, common-sense protection for infants. The same late-term abortion procedures that can result in live births, employed by convicted late-term abortionist Gosnell, and Karpen are used by abortionists in New Mexico, including UNM's Dr. Eve Espey and Curtis Boyd. Yet we have no way of knowing what care is given to these babies born alive, but we suspect not many leave New Mexico abortion clinics alive."
CDC Statistics On Babies Born Alive After Failed Abortions
PRO-LIFE PRESS CONFERENCE & LOBBY DAY!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6th
HB 275 hearing before the House Health Committee, room 309 . Please be there by 8:00 am for seating.
10:30 AM - 12 noon
Lobby Sen. Majority Leader Michael Sanchez Room 119 and your NM State Senator (find here) in support of both HB 275 and the Late-Term Abortion Ban- tell them you expect them to vote for the ban in committee and on the Senate floor. More information to follow
Press Conference with NM State Legislators, New Mexico Alliance for Life and UNM Students for Life and more
About HB 275