Rick Perry

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

did actor Eduardo Verastegui (Bella) a great service by getting more reporters to pay attention to the rally for life he organized. And it was literally that — the event the Texas governor spoke at this weekend was to raise funds for the Guadalupe Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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In an effort to help more women choose life, Verastegui and his nonprofit organization, Mantle of Guadalupe (www.mantodeguadalupe.org), opened the Guadalupe Medical Center in Los Angeles in September. The clinic serves one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, consisting of predominantly Latino residents. 

“My hope is that Guadalupe Medical Center will reach and help many women, children and families,” Verastegui said. “It will be an oasis of life for those most in need.” 

The 5,000-square-foot facility serves 20 women daily and offers free pregnancy-related services such as ultrasounds, prenatal care and natural family planning education. It offers medical services in addition to counseling, and has an obstetrician/gynecologist on staff. At a January fundraiser, Verastegui pledged to make it the largest pro-life clinic in the country. 

Jaime Hernandez, president of Mantle of Guadalupe and Verastegui’s brother-in-law, told Our Sunday Visitor, “We want to grow the clinic, add more doctors, including pediatricians, and eventually become a hospital.”


Perry called Roe v. Wade “a tragic legacy of judicial activism and a stark reminder that our culture and our country are still in peril” at the Sunday event. 

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