Pro-Life Advocates Create New Group Reaching Out to Hispanics on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Create New Group Reaching Out to Hispanics on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 20
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Most Hispanic Americans come form a culture and religious background that affirms the dignity and worth of human life. Yet Hispanics generally continue supporting pro-abortion politicians and backed Barack Obama after swinging more than usual towards President Bush.

To help unify the pro-life movement within the Latino community and to change the political trends, several Hispanic leaders have come together to form a new pro-life organization.

Mario Rojas tells LifeNews.com that the Hispanic Alliance for Life & Family is the result of the first Hispanic National Pro-Life Congress that took place in Dallas in September 2008.

Rojas says the pro-life Hispanics "decided to establish an alliance to defend human life from the moment of fertilization to natural death and educate American Hispanics on pro-life issues."

He says the new effort to organize pro-life Latinos is also a response to the call within the Catholic Church for more lay people to take leadership roles and spearhead educational efforts.

"The US Catholic Conference of Bishops has made many requests for laymen to be involved in life and family issues. We believe that the time has come for every Catholic to answer the call of their Church and we invite all Hispanic Catholics to do likewise and join us in this important and urgent effort," Rojas said.

Response to the creation of the new pro-life group is very strong and other pro-life Hispanic leaders say a concerted effort to educate and mobilize pro-life Hispanics is a crucial component to ending abortion.

Raimundo Rojas (no relation), who heads the Hispanic outreach efforts of the National Right to Life Committee, tells LifeNews.com he was unable to attend the organizing meeting of the new group but very much supports it.

"I think it’s awesome," he said. "I am excited about the possibilities of such an alliance."

The Hispanic Alliance for Life and Family will also cover bioethics issues and actively work to stop the spread of euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and human cloning in addition to opposing abortion.

Dr. Martha Garza, a leading pro-life obstetrician, Marcella Melendez, the former head of Hispanics for Life, and Alicia Leyva, of the Mexican Americans for Life group, will sit on the new organization’s board of directors.

Other advisors include Magaly Llaguno of Vida Humana Internacional, Aurora Tinajero of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, and Adolfo Castaneda of EWTN and Radio Paz.

The group will organize a second Hispanic pro-life meeting this September and plans to put together seminars and workshops across the country.

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