Albuquerque, NM (April 19, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today joined Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), New Mexico State Legislators, and pro-life advocates for a Press Conference on the investigation into the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Southwestern Women's Options' (SWWO) violation of New Mexico laws.
"Today's Press Conference was not a debate for life or choice, what matters here is respect for the law. The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, unraveled deeply troubling questions ongoing in the state of New Mexico throughout their investigations. Of the fifteen criminal referrals sent out by the Select Investigative Panel, two of them were sent to the New Mexico Attorney General's office in regards to ethical and legal violations at the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women's Options, yet no action has been taken to hold someone accountable," stated Rep. Pearce. "Now, we can no longer remain silent."
Rep. Pearce continued to state, "we united together today because clear legal violations were made by the University of New Mexico, and no one should be held above the law. Our request for accountability, justice, and respect for the law reaches to the very moral foundations of this country - A nation of laws can only be such if we respect them."
The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives sent their first criminal referral to the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in June of 2016 after finding the University of New Mexico violated the Spradling Act - prohibiting the exchange of fetal parts produced through an induced abortion. In December 2016, the Panel sent a second criminal referral after discovering more evidence that the Southwestern Women's Options did not acquire proper consent by women prior to using their unborn infant tissue for UNM research.
The final report released by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives can be found here.