Pro-Life Advocates Head to New Mexico to React to New Late-Term Abortion Biz
by Steven Ertelt
June 14, 2010
Albuquerque, NM (LifeNews.com) — With Curtis Boyd looking to turn Albuquerque, New Mexico into the new national late-term abortion capital, the pro-life group Operation Rescue is moving forward with plans to support new local pro-life activists who will help women heading to the abortion center and expose any shoddy or illegal practices.
Boyd is a former Texas-based abortion practitioner who has admitted he committed illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade.
He has positioned himself to replace late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, who was killed last summer in Wichita, Kansas. For years, Boyd operated two abortion centers in Dallas and Albuquerque.
Around January, 2009, Boyd moved into a new, larger facility in Albuquerque — one that could handle the particular needs of a late-term abortion facility.
To respond, Operation Rescue is sending two pro-life advocates to work with Project Defending Life in opposing late-term abortions there. Bud and Tara Shaver plan to begin serving in New Mexico by the end of June.
Earlier this month, the Shavers spent a week in Albuquerque working with local pro-life groups and reaching out at the three local abortion centers, including Boyd’s Southwestern Women’s Options.
After a morning of ministry outside SWO offering help to abortion-bound women, the Shavers joined Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, president of Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
Ironically, Boyd was also at the restaurant and walked right past the pro-life people.
The pro-life group tells LifeNews.com that Imbarrato left the restaurant after Boyd left to introduce himself and inform the abortion practitioner that local Christian people regularly pray for him to stop doing abortions. The chance encounter ended cordially.
The Shavers also ministered at the local Planned Parenthood abortion center, located across the street from Project Defending Life headquarters, an office that also serves as a pregnancy help center offering free ultrasounds and other practical help for women.
"The Shavers have been a tremendous asset to Operation Rescue during their time with us and have done some amazing work on behalf of the pre-born," said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.
"We know the Shavers will continue to be a blessing to the pro-life efforts in Albuquerque as they work together with established organizations to end abortion in that community," he said.
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