Culture of LifeFri Jun 17, 2011 - 6:24 pm EST
Mexico’s National Pro-Life Committee saving tens of thousands of unborn children each year
MEXICO CITY, June 17, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mexico’s largest pro-life organization, the National Pro-Life Committee (Comité Nacional Provida), saves thousands of unborn children every year, thanks to an impressive operation that includes mobile units equipped with ultrasound equipment, an internet outreach program, and walk-in facilities in all the major cities of the country.
In 2010, throughout Mexico, the National Pro-Life Committee’s operations saved 21,000 children from destruction at the hands of abortionists, who now enjoy the freedom to kill the unborn in Mexico City up to the 12th week of pregnancy. Since the Committee’s inception, over 149,000 children have been saved from abortion.
Unlike similar pro-life organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe, the National Pro-Life Committee has the distinction of being founded while abortion was still under criminal penalties in almost all cases throughout Mexico. The organization, which was founded in 1978, has been saving unborn children since 1989, providing an alternative to illegal abortion facilities. Abortion continues to be illegal in most of the 50 cities of Mexico where the organization maintains a presence.
During a recent visit to Committee facilities in Mexico City, founder and director Jorge Serrano Limón explained to this reporter that the number of women contacting his organization for help in Mexico City has skyrocketed since the city’s abortion law was passed in 2007. He said this disproves the claim that legalized abortion does not increase the abortion rate.
The majority of women who come to the Committee for help encounter the organization outside one of 17 public facilities, where abortions are provided to women free of charge at government expense. Mobile units parked outside the facilities offer assistance to women in crisis pregnancies.
The units, most of which are vans or large trucks, contain up to three rooms with ultrasound equipment capable of giving the women a three-dimensional image of the child in their womb, as well as televisions used for showing educational films. In Mexico City an estimated 40% of those who see the images decide to accept the Committee’s help to give birth to their children. Nationwide, that percentage rises to 60%.
In addition to the on-site mobile units, the organization also has an internet outreach program. Operators of the program speak to over one hundred women per day, bringing many into the facilities to learn about options for continuing their pregnancies.
Serrano told LifeSiteNews that most women begin to cry after seeing an image of their unborn children, but say that they cannot afford the costs associated with parenting. They are then informed that the Committee, in conjunction with other organizations, is prepared to care for them during their pregnancy, offering food and shelter, medical and childbirth services, and employment opportunities.
As a final touch to the lifesaving work done by the Committee, mothers are also offered the opportunity to have their children baptized. Some of the photos the organization takes the most pride in show numerous women standing happily with their children, following their initiation into the Christian faith.
To visit the National Pro-Life Comittee’s website, click here.
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