Albuquerque’s Sandia Foundation Profits From Abortion Business

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 12, 2011   |   11:25AM   |   Albuquerque, NM

A pro-life organization focused on exposing a troubled late-term abortion business in New Mexico that has had to call 911 repeatedly because of botched abortions indicates an Albuquerque foundation is benefited financially from it.

Operation Rescue released documents today showing the Sandia Foundation is a landlord for Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion facility owned and operated by abortion practitioner Curtis Boyd and his wife, Glenna Halvorson Boyd. The pro-life group says the Sandia Foundation “is a respected non-profit corporation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with roots in the Catholic Church.”

“This puts the Sandia Foundation squarely in the abortion business. They profit from the lease and therefore are enablers and collaborators in Boyd’s grisly late-term abortion business,” OR president Troy Newman says.

Bernalillo County records that the group obtained show Sandia owns the land at 522 Lomas Boulevard, Northeast, in Albuquerque, and continues to pay taxes on that property and some improvements. Curtis Boyd only pays property taxes for personal property located at that address. The Assignment and Assumption of Lease document is signed by the Boyds and Sandia President and Chief Executive Officer Robert M. Goldman, who acts as the “landlord” for the abortion business, Newman says. He explained that Sandia originally made a “ground lease” on the property with Neurosurgery Partners in 1983 and said that company transferred their lease to the Boyds in July 2008. In December 2010, Goldman signed a transfer of the lease from Curtis and Glenna Boyd to 522 Lomas, LLC, a limited liability company controlled by the Boyd’s.

“Sandia was founded ‘to aid and assist educational, scientific, benevolent, religious and charitable institutions’, not to profit from the shedding of innocent blood though abortion,” said Newman. “We urge Sandia to get out of the abortion business and return to the noble purpose that group was founded upon.”

Newman highlighted several members of the Sandia board and urged pro-life advocates in New Mexico to contact them urging them to get the foundation out of the abortion business.

  • Vaden Bales, CEO of Wrangler Properties LLC, a commercial real estate development and investment company.
  • Bernard “Gig” Brummell, a Branch Manager for Dean Whitter and former UNM baseball star who serves on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Finance Council.
  • Don Chalmers, owner of Don Chalmers Ford dealerships in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Albuquerque
  • Rod J. Pera, who has been deeply involved in the Hershey Chocolate empire.
  • Robert M. Goldman, an Albuquerque banking executive and former president of Sunwest Bank.
  • Suzanne Barker Kalangis, Executive Director of the Thornburg Charitable Foundation and Manager of Barker Properties real estate companies.
  • Annette S. Parker, Vice President and Treasurer of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
  • John Perovich, former President of the University of New Mexico.
  • Operation Rescue urged pro-life advocates to contact the Sandia Foundation at [email protected], or call 505-242-2684 to complain.

    The organization has released recordings of several emergency calls staff at Southwestern Women’s Options have made about abortions that have injured women. A series of botched abortions in New Mexico have prompted state officials there to launch investigations into three late-term abortion practitioners exposed by Operation Rescue.

    After the release of the original calls, involving Southwestern  and UNM Hospital, which operates its own abortion business, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, OR told LifeNews it has been notified by the New Mexico Board of Physicians that three Albuquerque abortion practitioners are under investigation. Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson, late-term abortion practitioners who formerly worked for the nation’s largest late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, prior to its closure in 2009 are two of the three facing probes.

    One abortion clinic worker from Southwestern Women’s Options expressed concern over the questions the 911 dispatcher was asking. While she thought she was on hold, this exchange took place:

    SWO Employee:[Whispering] I don’t know – I don’t know what information he’s asking me.
    Background Voice: Just talk to him – act dumb.
    SWO Employee: [Whispering] Okay. Exactly. Yeah.

    The latest tapes obtained under an open records act request made by Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life, who forwarded the recordings to Operation Rescue.

    They show women ranging in ages from 18 to 34 who were between 8 weeks and approximately 24 weeks pregnant. Complications included:

  • Uterine rupture with heavy bleeding.
  • A panic-stricken 18-yer old patient with chest pains, numbness, and a severe headache after a late-term abortion.
  • Cervical laceration with hemorrhaging.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding after first and second trimester abortions.
  • Multiple seizures.
  • Abortion on a woman with an undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
  • OR obtained the audio of a handful of 911 calls showing women victimized by failed abortions at an abortion center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series of calls were made over a recent 15-month period from Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion clinic in Albuquerque that it says is presiding over abortions that are clearly dangerous for women.