When I was twelve years old my mom told me her abortion story. It can be read on “Ana’s Journey, A Brazilian Mother’s Story of Kidnap, Forced Marriage and Her Botched Abortion” available on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/oujkurr.
Although I was only twelve, her experience and intimate confession began to move upon my heart years later.
After I finished college in my hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, I met my husband. We got married and moved to Chicago, his home city. The very day I moved to Chicago, I heard a “March for Life” promotion on the radio.
I got involved with the local Christian pro-life movement.
I volunteered at one of Chicago’s pregnancy centers and, that experience resulted in my decision to open Crisis Pregnancy Centers all over Brazil.
Brazil4life, a pro-life Christian organization, was born from a deep desire to help mothers choose life for their babies. Most women facing an unwanted pregnancy in Brazil lack the necessary resources and support they need to keep their babies.
Since the first facility opened in May of 2000, our Brazil4life Crisis Pregnancy Centers and staff have helped more than 12.000 women choose life for their babies.
Each of the 18 Centers operates independently, with many connected to local churches.
Together these teams work tirelessly over many hours collecting baby clothes, diapers, baby formula, accessories, driving the future mothers to doctor’s appointment, teaching them skills that will enable them to self-support themselves and their babies, and giving love and attention to women facing a crisis in their pregnancy.
Our work is far from complete.
We have plans to open more pregnancy centers all over Brazil and other countries, with discussions to increase assistance for the many unborn and newborn babies and their mothers who will need our help. We strive to be a place of refuge and grace for both those facing the hardest decision of bringing forth a new life and for those who carried out the desperate decision of terminating their baby’s life.