By Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ
On Sunday April 19th Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D) Hosted a Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque at the Hotel Blue and invited other politicians and the public to join him. Sen. Pino issued the following statement regarding his town hall invitation, “I think legislators must take every opportunity to communicate with their constituents about their work in the Legislature. What better way to inform and gain feedback than to go out into our communities and speak face-to-face with those who put us in office.”
…so Protest ABQ was there!
The Daily Caller reported on a recent question issued by Sen. Rand Paul, “A Republican presidential candidate did something new and refreshing when challenged on his abortion views by the press: he threw it back in the face of the Democrats. “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it okay to kill a 7 pound baby in the uterus?” Paul reportedly said.
Protest ABQ thought that was a reasonable question to ask Democrat Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino and the other Democrat politicians attending the local town hall meeting.
This past legislative session New Mexico Senate Democrats killed all of the Pro-Life Bills introduced. In a bipartisan effort the NM House passed a Late-Term Abortion Ban and sent it to the Senate. Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino was the chair of the Senate Committee in which three of the four bills were heard in. During the Senate Committee hearing Sen. Pino a self-professing “Catholic for Choice,” brazenly decided to lecture the 200 citizens who gathered for the hearing and incorrectly stated that “the Bible has no scriptural basis for when life begins!” He also publicly rebuked the three New Mexico Bishops for attempting to “force Roman Catholic teachings upon people.”
Earlier in the Legislative session during a Senate Committee hearing on Senate Bill 437 Physician Admitting Privileges for Abortions, Sen. Pino cut off the testimony of expert witness Tara Shaver, Senior Policy Advisor of Protest ABQ when she attempted to introduce 911 calls made from Albuquerque abortion facilities. Sen. Pino objected and threw a “tantrum,” claiming that the 911 calls were “too emotional” when the bill’s sponsor Sen. Brandt asked for the 911 calls to be played, which documented severe injuries sustained by women from Albuquerque abortion clinics. SB 437 would have prevented abortion providers in New Mexico from ditching their patients on local Emergency Rooms where other physicians are left in the dark about the woman’s condition after an abortion related injury…Instead, Sen. Pino chose to play politics with women and children’s lives, by killing the bill preventing it from receiving a “democratic” up or down vote by the NM Senate.
Pro-Lifers are often labeled “extremists” for their position on opposing abortion, however Sen. Pino and his Democrat allies in the NM Senate hold the most extreme position of supporting Late-Term abortion up to the day of birth. Sen. Pino is the “extremist!”
Albuquerque, NM is known nationally as the “Late-Term Abortion Capital of America” due to the fact that it is home to one of the largest late term abortion facilities outside of communist China…it just so happens that this Abortion, “Killing Center” is in Sen. Pino’s Albuquerque district!
It’s long overdue that New Mexicans held their pro-abortion legislators accountable, Protest ABQ is doing just that and our hope is that hearts will be changed in such a way that we will begin to see results at the legislative level.
Protest ABQ is a peaceful awareness campaign launched to educate and stand against the injustice of abortion through a strategic and sustained presence. Protest ABQ strives to educate Albuquerque and New Mexico residents on what abortion really is and what it looks like. While Protest ABQ is opposed to abortion and seeks the reversal of Roe v. Wade and its progeny, Protest ABQ acknowledges that it must do all it can to protect the lives, health, and safety of vulnerable women who are subjected to an abortion and to protect and preserve the life of the unborn child.
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