Texan Karina Breceda grew up in an actively pro-life family who devoted time and resources to help mothers and babies in need.
But as a young adult living in El Paso and Juárez, Mexico, she began to notice an unmet need among pregnant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S. Spurred to action, Breceda, now 29, just opened a shelter along the Texas border specifically for pregnant and single moms who are immigrants and refugees, according to the Dallas Morning News.
This week, the newspaper highlighted Breceda’s work “caring for the forgotten” and chose her as a nominee for its Texan of the Year Award.
Her new organization, Stellar Shelter, helps save unborn babies and support mothers in need at a time when women are facing intense pressure to abort their unborn babies, often from abusers. The Biden administration is promoting abortions among immigrants in federal custody, too. Recently, the administration told immigration shelters in pro-life states that they can transport unaccompanied pregnant minors in federal custody to abortion facilities in blue states.
Breceda’s new organization makes sure women know that there is support for them and their unborn babies.
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“Protection of life is from conception to natural death,” she told the newspaper. “And I wasn’t seeing that extended to the migrant, and there had to be a pro-life initiative for a migrant cause.”
Stellar Shelter can house up to 60 women and children. According to the Morning News, they hope to expand soon to include a medical clinic, health care classes and other services.
Breceda said she first began noticing the need for pro-life outreach to immigrants about 11 years ago while volunteering in a health clinic near the Texas-Mexico border. Then, about three years ago, she helped a local Catholic church expand its shelter program for immigrants and decided she wanted to do even more to help, the newspaper reports.
“I can’t even explain. It was just like the time when you walk into something, you know, this is exactly where I’m supposed to be in,” she said.
Two years ago, she and New Wave Feminists, a Texas pro-life organization, began working together to create the new shelter. In November, they put their plans into action.
“This is what true choice looks like – assuring that women have the ability to remain pregnant because they know they can, and they know that they will have a sisterhood of other mothers ready to walk alongside them,” the organization states on its website.
All across the United States, pro-lifers like Breceda are working to expand support to help mothers and fathers choose life for their unborn babies. Pro-lifers run thousands of pregnancy centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies, financial aid organizations and other charities that serve millions of women and children.
According to an analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pregnancy resource centers have helped save more than 800,000 unborn babies from abortion since 2016. The research found U.S. pregnancy resource centers served about 2 million people in 2019, providing more than 730,000 pregnancy tests, nearly half a million ultrasounds, 1.3 million packs of diapers and more than 2 million baby outfits, all for free.