The Latino Outreach department of the National Right to Life Committee strives to unite Hispanic Americans from all over the United States into the pro-life movement. Ours is a rapidly growing population. It is estimated that by the next century, Hispanics will make up twenty five percent of the total United States population, and today Hispanics are already the largest minority group.
National Right to Life's Latino Outreach program aims to educate the Hispanic community about the tragic truth of abortion on demand and how to help work for legislation to change the law to protect pre-born babies.
Raimundo Rojas, Latino Outreach Director
Raimundo Rojas, director of Latino Outreach for the National Right to Life Committee, is a contributor to National Right to Life News. He has traveled the length and breath of this country speaking on life issues and how they affect the Hispanic community. Mr. Rojas works to activate Hispanic, "a naturally pro-life constituency," on behalf of the pro-life cause. He has been interviewed on Hispanic radio and television, including international television programs such as Cristina and CBS-Telemundo's Polos Opuestos. As an NGO representative for National Right to Life at the United Nations, Mr. Rojas works with members of the Latin American delegations.
While abortion has touched all levels of American society, perhaps no group has been devastated by abortion as much as minorities. Latinas represented 13% of the U.S. population of women of child bearing age in 2000 but accounted for 20% of all abortions performed that year in America.
The abortion rate among Latinos is almost 3 times higher than the abortion rate among Caucasians (33 per 1000 women, compared to 13 per 1000). And one in every four Latino pregnancies ends in abortion, compared to about one in every six Caucasian pregnancies.
In the history of America, immigrants, minorities, and the poor have often been treated as social outcasts and blamed for all sorts of social ills. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, argued that “all our problems are the result of over breeding among the working class.” Today Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion promoter and provider, identifies its “core clients” as “young women, low-income women, and women of color.”
The loss to the community is more than just numbers or population. Abortion means the loss of Latino athletes, artists, political leaders, scientists, teachers, engineers, businessmen, and businesswomen.
*Note: All population data based on cumulative statistics provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. All abortion data from the Guttmacher Institute.
Escoge La Vida is the Spanish-language version of National Right to Life's Choose Life religious outreach newspaper.
**Note: Bulletin Inserts and Suggested Prayers are always given two months in advance. For example, the January / February issue of Escoge La Vida will contain the inserts and prayers for the months of March and April.