The congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives has issued its final report, with a detailed account including violations of criminal law and women’s rights by University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) late-term abortion business. The report is substantiated by numerous documents and testimony from abortion doctors at both the university and the abortion clinic.
The horrific details of the report include an admission by UNM abortionist and OB-GYN Department Chair Dr. Eve Espey of infants born alive during abortions at UNM Hospital, and that neither she nor students are trained on what to do when this occurs. A Southwestern Women’s Options abortionist trained by Espey also admitted there were cases of infants born alive during induced abortions, and likewise no measures were taken to resuscitate or offer care.
According to the report, when Espey was read the language of the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and asked if she agreed with it, she responded, “I’m not familiar with the law.” She admitted she never discussed the law with counsel and did not “understand the relevance of this to my practice.”
“The admissions of UNM abortionist and OB-GYN Dept. Chair Eve Espey, is shocking, and is only outdone by her willful ignorance of the law,” said New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director Elisa Martinez. “Imagine an infant in an abortion clinic without food, without care, defenseless, confused, crying and grasping for life – being left alone to die on its own. It’s almost too difficult to imagine, but this is the reality taking place at UNM Hospital and Southwestern Women’s Options, confirmed by testimony from the abortionists themselves.”
The former chief of obstetric anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Rep. Harris, challenged one of the doctors at SWO, who admitted she was not performing Apgar scores to assess for signs of life, and infants were not being routinely checked for a heartbeat. The SWO doctor stated, “I haven’t thought about this,” despite admitting cases of infants exiting the womb spontaneously during an abortion under her care.
The Panel also raised concerns about the systematic violations of informed consent laws. The report cites testimony by an SWO doctor who trained at UNM under Espey, that she had never consented a woman regarding fetal tissue donation, was unfamiliar with the consent form provided to the Panel, and did not know the informed consent law.
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“Students under Espey’s instruction are not even being taught the basic informed consent laws as well as how to care for infant born alive during abortions that occur in the third trimester,” said Martinez. “The shining example of the lack of proper medical education under Dr. Espey at UNM is highlighted by her former student and current Southwestern Women’s Options abortionist’s testimony, who admits total ignorance of laws and practices in her field. How many other students at UNM are being improperly trained by Dr. Espey and potentially violating the law as well?”
New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL) urges state and federal officials to act as Congress has issued this final report and a second criminal referral last month, for the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) to New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas for prosecution.