Twin Brothers Become Priests After Mom Rejects Doctors’ Abortion Advice

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 19, 2013   |   3:48PM   |   Santiago, Chile

Millions of unborn children have lost their lives to abortion and the world will never know the kind of people they could have become. But two twin brothers in Chile have given us a glimpse of the kind of lives these babies could lead if they had survived abortion.

As the Catholic News agency reports, the brothers say their mother rejected an abortion despite the advice of doctors. Physicians suggested that ultrasound scans showed problems with the development of the boys and that their mother’s life could be at risk.

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Fr. Paulo and his identical twin brother, Fr. Felipe, were born in 1984 in the Chilean town of Lagunillas de Casablanca.

Before discovering her pregnancy, their mother, Rosa Silva, had exposed herself to x-rays while performing her duties as a paramedic. Consequently, after confirming the pregnancy, her doctor conducted ultrasounds and informed her that he had seen “something strange” in the image.

“The baby has three arms and its feet are sort of entangled. It also has two heads,” he told her.

Although abortion for “therapeutic” reasons was legal at the time in Chile and doctors told her that her life was in danger, Rosa opposed the idea and said she would accept whatever God would send her.

“The Lord worked and produced a twin pregnancy. I don’t know if the doctors were wrong or what,” Fr. Felipe said.

“I always think with special affection and tenderness in the heart of my mother who gave her life for me, for us,” Fr. Paolo added.



The two brothers were born on Sept. 10, 1984. Felipe was born first, and when the placenta would not detach, doctors suggested scraping her womb. Silva refused however, saying she felt another baby was coming out. Paulo was born 17 minutes later.

“How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.”

“I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA.