Thread by marshmallow.
Eduardo Verastegui wants Guadalupe Medical Center to be an oasis of life
In his hit 2006 movie Bella, Mexican actor and producer Eduardo Verasteguis character walks off his job to spend the day with a co-worker contemplating an abortion. Verastegui rehearsed by going to an actual abortion clinic; after arriving, he soon forgot his movie and was distressed to see many young women enter the clinic in tears.
Sidewalk counselors asked him to translate for a Mexican immigrant couple about to enter the clinic. The couple recognized Verastegui from his work on Mexican telenovelas, or soap operas, and talked with him for 45 minutes. They left without entering.
Months later, the couple called him to share that the child they had intended to abort had just been born and they wanted to name him Eduardo in his honor.
Verastegui went to the hospital and held the baby. It was beautiful, he said. By the grace of God, I was able to help save this baby. Guadalupe Center
In an effort to help more women choose life, Verastegui and his nonprofit organization, Mantle of Guadalupe (www.mantodeguadalupe.org), opened the Guadalupe Medical Center in Los Angeles in September. The clinic serves one of the citys poorest neighborhoods, consisting of predominantly Latino residents.
My hope is that Guadalupe Medical Center will reach and help many women, children and families, Verastegui said. It will be an oasis of life for those most in need.
The 5,000-square-foot facility serves 20 women daily and offers free pregnancy-related services such as ultrasounds, prenatal care and natural family planning education. It offers medical services in addition to counseling, and has an obstetrician/gynecologist on staff. At a January fundraiser, Verastegui pledged to make it the largest pro-life clinic in the country.
Jaime Hernandez, president of Mantle of Guadalupe and Verasteguis.....
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Thread by NYer.
DENVER, Colorado, June 1, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Denver Catholic bishop is warning parents that membership in the Girl Scouts could carry the danger of making their daughters more receptive to the pro-abortion agenda.
In a Wednesday column for the Denver Catholic Register, Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley observes that in the last year a growing number of parents and youth ministers have shared concerns with him over the Girl Scouts alignment with groups advocating abortion.
He urges parents to browse for themselves the websites of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) to see the organizations approach to sexuality, choice, and reproductive issues, saying this exercise may be a sobering experience.
The Girl Scouts have faced strong criticism especially in the last year after the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) revealed that they participated in a United Nations workshop distributing the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet Happy, Healthy, and Hot.
The pamphlet instructs young girls not to think of sex as just about vaginal or anal intercourse. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself! it states.
Just last month, two teenage girls went public with their decision to leave the Girl Scouts after eight years because of the organizations ties to Planned Parenthood.
In his column, Bishop Conley quotes a youth minister who warned that girls who have been influenced by Girl Scouts USA will be more receptive to the pro-abortion and pro-contraception agenda.
Its hard to imagine that a girl who remains involved with Girl Scouts into young adulthood wont eventually learn of the connections her organization has with pro-choice, pro-contraception and reproductive freedom groups, the youth minister wrote. If she was introduced to GSUSA through her parents and her local parish, then that will inevitably create contradictions between her Catholic faith and her Scouting experience.
The bishop notes that Scoutings structures allow local troops to have a certain amount of autonomy, but nevertheless he says the activities and orientations of the international and national Scout bodies have an important trickle-down effect. This is exactly why pro-choice organizations have worked to develop connections with the Scouting movement, he writes.
Parents, as the primary educators of their children, have every right to insist that their beliefs, especially their moral and religious beliefs, be respectednot underminedby the organizations to which they entrust their children, he says. Parents need to remain alert to the content of their daughters activities. And Catholics involved in the Girl Scouting movement should make it clear to leadership that Scouting is only a means to an endthe proper formation of young character.
Its not an end in itself; and should Scouting ever fail in that proper formation, other groups can be found or formed to take its place, he concludes.
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7794 1181
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Phone: (800) 478-7248
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