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'Bella' Movie Star, Eduardo Verastegui, Saved Real Baby While Researching Film
LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/10/07 | LifeSiteNews

Posted on 12/10/2007 4:28:32 PM PST by wagglebee

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., December 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "By the grace of God, I was able to save this baby," said Eduardo Verastegui, star of the movie, "Bella." The famous 33-year-old Mexican actor shared this while holding baby "Eduardito" at a LAPS pregnancy center banquet in Los Angeles. Eduardo always hoped his new film would touch lives and inspire souls, but he never imagined "Bella" would help save a real baby's life before filming even began.

The movie is earning top ratings from movie critics.  Moreover it is causing a sensation wherever it goes. At the New York "Bella" premiere, Grammy winning singer Tony Bennett spontaneously took the microphone from Eduardo Verastegui and gave an impassioned speech through tears about how much he loved "Bella." Bennett called it the "perfect movie, an artistic masterpiece that every American must see."

Top Hispanic singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz, who's won 15 Grammys, loved Bella so much he wrote a song for the movie. The Smithsonian Institute produced a video for their annual Awards Gala featuring famous Latino celebrities sharing their passion for "Bella." It included Alejandro Sanz, Maria Celeste, Angelica Vale, Paulina Rubio, the lead singer of Switchfoot and the Chairman of the Smithsonian Institute.

But Eduardo's most precious testimony goes back to the time he was doing research for his lead role in this award-winning, romantic drama.   He tells fans in the newly released 2008 edition of LoveMatters, the popular pro-life youth newspaper put out by J.T. Finn.

Eduardo says, "I decided to go to an abortion center to see if I could learn more about what women think and feel when faced with a crisis pregnancy..." That's when Eduardo met a couple seeking an abortion. He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number.

"Several months later," Eduardo continues, "I received a phone call from the man I met with the pregnant lady in front of the abortion center. He said, 'Hello Eduardo - this is Javier, and I have great news. My boy was born yesterday! I want to thank you and ask your permission - I would like to name him, Eduardo.'"

"I just put the phone down - I couldn't even talk," Eduardo says. "It's the most emotional thing I've ever done in my life. It changed my life. It was beautiful. I went to the hospital to meet them and see the baby. A few weeks later, I was holding little Eduardito in my hands. It was beautiful!"

All the details and photos of Eduardo with the baby he saved are available in the newly released 2008 edition of LoveMatters and available online at:
http://www.lovematters.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bella; eduardoverastegui; hollywood; lovematters; moralabsolutes; prolife; speaksvolumes; sweetbaby
What a beautiful story!
1 posted on 12/10/2007 4:28:34 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

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2 posted on 12/10/2007 4:30:39 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 230FMJ; 49th; 50mm; 69ConvertibleFirebird; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; An American In Dairyland; ..
Moral Absolutes Ping!

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3 posted on 12/10/2007 4:30:57 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

God bless this little family and sustain them according to His Will. In the name of Our Lord Jesus, Amen.


4 posted on 12/10/2007 4:35:05 PM PST by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: wagglebee

What a great story! God bless Eduardo (the actor and the baby) and the new parents.


5 posted on 12/10/2007 4:37:14 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: wagglebee

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of this movie.


6 posted on 12/10/2007 4:41:05 PM PST by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: kitkat

I can’t stand movie theaters, but I may make an exception for this. Otherwise I’ll buy it on DVD when it comes out.


7 posted on 12/10/2007 4:43:41 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer; Salvation

You may want to ping this.


8 posted on 12/10/2007 4:45:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

God bless this man!


9 posted on 12/10/2007 4:58:31 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Liberalism IS a mental illness.)
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To: Just A Nobody
Tissue alert ping!

He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number.

God Bless this man and this family.

I must see this movie!

10 posted on 12/10/2007 4:58:35 PM PST by jan in Colorado ("It's easier to believe a lie one heard 1,000 times than to believe a fact that one has never heard)
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To: wagglebee

**...” That’s when Eduardo met a couple seeking an abortion. He spoke with them for 45 minutes, offering them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number. **

That’s all we have to do. Talk to those thinking about an abortion and the pray like heck!


11 posted on 12/10/2007 5:14:25 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Pray for an end to abortion and the conversion of America to a mindset of life!

12 posted on 12/10/2007 5:15:46 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: wagglebee

This is a really good movie. It has almost restored my enjoyment of watching quality movies again.

Please support this movie so more like it are made.


13 posted on 12/10/2007 5:17:22 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: wagglebee

Truly beautiful! Thanks for posting. Wiping away a tear...


14 posted on 12/10/2007 5:17:42 PM PST by fortunecookie (Communism/socialism has failed millions, it wasn't right for them - and it isn't right for US.)
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To: wagglebee

It looks good.

Needless to say The New York Times hated it:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/10/26/movies/26bell.html

But here’s another review from someone with a better understanding of what life is all about:

http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1249&Itemid=48

Interesting contrast between these two reviews, I think. Much depends on whether the reviewer thinks that human life is worth anything or not.


15 posted on 12/10/2007 5:49:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jan in Colorado
Thank you for the ping and the tissue alert! sniff

YOU know how I feel about movies...but I may make an exception for this one.

16 posted on 12/10/2007 6:02:36 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: wagglebee; All

I have not yet seen it, but my daughter saw August Rush and felt it, too, had a definite, moving, prolife message.

Has anyone else seen it?


17 posted on 12/10/2007 6:04:31 PM PST by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: Just A Nobody

I am the same way, but I will go to this one to support a pro life film.
Good luck finding it playing anywhere, though...


18 posted on 12/10/2007 6:05:27 PM PST by jan in Colorado ("It's easier to believe a lie one heard 1,000 times than to believe a fact that one has never heard)
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To: jan in Colorado

I know where one theater is. I found it when the movie about 9-11 came out...the good one.


19 posted on 12/10/2007 6:15:06 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: fetal heart beats by 21st day

I saw the movie a few weeks ago and I floated out of the theater. Well done and very beautiful ending.I recommend it to anyone.Uplifting.


20 posted on 12/10/2007 6:19:44 PM PST by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: jan in Colorado

They are planning special showings of Bella during the March for Life in DC.


21 posted on 12/10/2007 6:50:27 PM PST by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: georgia peach

Thanks. I am anxious to see it.


22 posted on 12/10/2007 6:51:18 PM PST by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: wagglebee
singer Tony Bennett spontaneously took the microphone from Eduardo Verastegui and gave an impassioned speech through tears about how much he loved "Bella." Bennett called it the "perfect movie, an artistic masterpiece that every American must see."

Interesting, considering Bennett is doing a fundraising concert for Hillary on Dec. 12...

23 posted on 12/10/2007 7:12:47 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: wagglebee; Quix

Thanks. Makes me want to go see the movie.


24 posted on 12/10/2007 7:23:51 PM PST by Joya (Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild ...)
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

20 weeks from conception

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.
25 posted on 12/10/2007 8:38:59 PM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee; cpforlife.org

yes it is; thanks!


26 posted on 12/10/2007 9:10:28 PM PST by cyn
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To: Cicero

WOW, quite a contrast between the two reviews!
Anything that the New York Times doesn’t like, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love!


27 posted on 12/10/2007 9:20:31 PM PST by jan in Colorado ("It's easier to believe a lie one heard 1,000 times than to believe a fact that one has never heard)
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To: wagglebee

(God Bless you Eduardo.) Bella was one of the most moving films I have ever seen. Unlike anything I’ve watched. The messege is presented in an intelligent and thoughtful manner. It shows very real people facing confusing and difficult decisions. The Lord’s hand had to have been involved because the film is beyond explanation and it is full of heart. “Bella” is beautiful.


28 posted on 12/10/2007 11:11:29 PM PST by 444Flyer (NEVER take a "mark" to "buy or sell"!Rev 13:16-17,John 3:1-36, Eph 6, Rev 12:11, Jer 29:13-14)
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To: cpforlife.org

HOORAY!


29 posted on 12/11/2007 2:34:18 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: wagglebee
If it is still playing in a theater near you.

The movie lost about 100 theaters after Thanksgiving but then rebounded back ang gained some more theaters the following week.

The movies released around Christmas might push the movie out of theaters -- but it remains to be seen.

I saw the movie for the second time Saturday. I was actually more impressed with the second viewing than the first...

30 posted on 12/11/2007 4:13:52 AM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies

8mm


31 posted on 12/11/2007 5:08:04 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee

A wonderful story! Thanks for posting it!


32 posted on 12/11/2007 6:37:35 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: wagglebee

Wow, I have tears in my eyes. How wonderful...


33 posted on 12/11/2007 8:37:09 AM PST by Kaylee Frye (everything's shiny)
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To: wagglebee
All right... since us guys get to oggle the women so often here I am posting this for the FReeper ladies. Meet Eduardo Verastegui...


34 posted on 12/11/2007 8:42:54 AM PST by avacado
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To: Cicero
Well, what else can you expect froi the times? They panic at the thought of one innocent child not being murdered.

Is it any wonder why the old "Grey Lady" is getting older and greyer, and more panic-stricken with each subscription cancellation? Here's wishing her a speedy and troubled bankruptcy.

35 posted on 12/11/2007 8:50:56 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: wagglebee

May God shower His Blessings on Eduardo, Baby Eduardo, and the couple he saved from making one of the most devatating decisions in their young lives. Amen.


36 posted on 12/11/2007 8:53:57 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20; Cicero; doug from upland

DFU’s tribute to the New York Slimes:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1655829/posts


37 posted on 12/11/2007 9:06:48 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Very good, indeed.


38 posted on 12/11/2007 9:59:03 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: avacado

WOW


39 posted on 12/11/2007 10:00:40 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: angcat

He needs a shave.


40 posted on 12/11/2007 10:08:48 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Just a small one.


41 posted on 12/11/2007 10:45:47 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: angcat
"He needs a shave." Just a small one.
42 posted on 12/11/2007 11:12:37 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Doesn’t that kinda fall into the same category as being a little bit pregnant?


43 posted on 12/11/2007 11:14:47 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Tolerating intolerance is not a "value," it's self-destructive stupidity.)
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To: wagglebee

I just checked and Bella is not playing in any movie theaters in our area. Our niche artsie movie theater only plays leftist stuff. I’ll keep my eyes open, but I may need to wait for the DVD.


44 posted on 12/11/2007 11:57:07 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

I can’t stand movie theaters, but I might make an exception for this one. Otherwise, I will certainly buy the DVD.


45 posted on 12/11/2007 12:54:36 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Darn fuzzy monitor!!!


46 posted on 12/11/2007 1:55:47 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: avacado

Oh to be 30 years younger...


47 posted on 12/11/2007 1:58:52 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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