‘Bella’ star Eduardo announces plans to build largest U.S. crisis pregnancy center
LOS ANGELES, January 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life Mexican-heartthrob Eduardo Verástegui says plans are officially in the works for his organization to build the largest pro-life clinic for women with crisis pregnancies in the United States, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Verastegui, Mexican producer, actor, and star of the pro-life film “Bella”, made the announcement at a January 15 gala hosted jointly by his international aid organization, Mantle of Guadalupe, and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. The gala, held at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, raised funds for the Mantle of Guadalupe Center, which serves pregnant women in need. It is located in Los Angeles within a one mile radius of 10 abortion clinics.
The center provides free medical care to women, especially those with high risk pregnancies, as well as pre-natal care, ultrasounds, and natural family planning education.
Verástegui previously has stated that his organization’s mission is to promote the dignity of the human person throughout the world and bring relief to those suffering extreme poverty. The group’s projects include building homes, delivering food and medicine, and providing lifesaving assistance to impoverished pregnant women.
“I will not use my talents except to elevate my Christian, pro-life and Hispanic values,” Verástegui told 300 guests that included notables such as San Diego Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers, actor Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from “Lord of the Rings”), motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, and others.
CNA reports he also introduced attendees at the gala to some of the babies saved from abortion thanks to Mantle of Guadalupe’s work, and announced a new website IamViable.com, which features inspirational stories affirming the value and dignity of human life.
Last year in May, Verástegui organized the first ever Latino United for Life Family Congress at the Los Angeles Convention Center to help promote life and raise funds for establishing the new Mantle of Guadalupe Center. He told those at the Latino pro-life congress that the medical center would be “an oasis of life in the midst of a desert of death,” and that the center was his dream ever since he discovered the existence of so many abortion clinics in the area of Los Angeles where the center now operates.
Read CNA’s report for more details on the gala here.