6/25/2013 10:13:00 AM Hispanic pro-life movement on the increase
Photo courtesy of Esther Ripplinger
Esther Ripplinger discusses pro-life matters with Spanish-speakers at Holy Redeemer Church in Portland.
Almost 200 people came to Holy Redeemer Parish this spring for a workshop in Spanish on the pro-life cause. Organizers say it may have been the largest Spanish language pro-life gathering to date in the state.
Pro-life mobilization is increasing among Oregon's Hispanics. An active pro-life group has on occasion sent as many as 55 people to hold vigil in front of a Portland abortion clinic.
Esther Ripplinger, formerly with Oregon Right to Life, spoke at Holy Redeemer, as did Kate Ewald, director of the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation. Those on hand — including young adults and children — saw gestation age models of a growing baby. Children delighted when speakers began distributing life-size models of a 12-week-old child in the uterus.
The 90-minute session was interactive, with a lot of participation. Children saw an ultrasound video in Spanish, provided by Oregon Right to Life. In another activity, several youths came to the microphone to read pro-life verses in the Bible. The group listened to the story Angels in the Water while volunteers slowly built an image of a baby as each body part was mentioned in the tale.
Once children went to catechesis groups, Ripplinger told adults about her own abortion and her advances in emotional healing.
Deacon José Gonzalez of St. Anne Church in Gresham, one of the Hispanic community's pro-life leaders, attended. He translated when needed and spoke on his own.
"Having clergy participate in the leadership of the event adds so much," says Ripplinger. "He did not hesitate to talk openly and warn about the dangerous Planned Parenthood which preys on Hispanics. It was very well received." Plans are developing to duplicate the event in Washington state.