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Human Life International e-Newsletter
Volume 03, Number 32 | Friday, August 15, 2008
|Abortion Extremists in Ecuador Send Death Threats to Bishop and HLI Director |
This is a special and urgent call to arms to you and the people of life around the world:
On September 28 the people of Ecuador will vote on whether or not to amend its Constitution so as to make abortion a legal right. If it passes it will inevitably lead to a domino effect that will topple the pro-life laws of all the countries in this Catholic continent. That is no exaggeration.
Knowing this, the pro-abortion forces have resorted to sending death-threats to some who most effectively oppose them.
Amparo Medina, the head of HLI's affiliate in Ecuador, recently received a shoebox with a dead rat and the following warning inside:
In a related incident, the severed head of a dog with a Eucharistic Host in its mouth was found in a Catholic chapel as a warning to clergy who dare to speak out. This is the direct result of the president of Ecuador calling on his thugs to insult and harass priests who dare to speak out against the upcoming abortion referendum. Profane acts have been committed against six churches ... including the trampling of the Sacred Host and the painting of satanic symbols on church walls. It is shocking to learn that such things can happen in a so-called "democratic" country!
But these threats just confirm what we have always known about the promoters of abortion - they are violent and they are deadly!
In spite of all this, Amparo, the bishops, the priests and the other leaders of Ecuador's pro-life resistance movement remain committed to the fight. In fact, Amparo sent me a copy of the impassioned letter she sent out to her fellow Ecuadorans. It is filled with faith and confidence. She relates all that is happening to her and other resistance leaders, and then closes with these words:
The bottom line is this:
Pro-life champions like Amparo and Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza, President of the Ecuadoran Bishops Conference, are literally risking their lives in order to beat back the abortion demon who threatens not just Ecuador, but all of Latin America. They are crying out to the people of life around the world to come to their aid.
That's why I've sent you this special and urgent Spirit & Life Newsletter.
Your immediate help is required because that all-important referendum is just a few short weeks away.
I have already dispatched Adolfo Castañeda, the Director of Educational Programs for HLI's Hispanic Division (Vida Humana Internacional), to return to Ecuador after his missionary trip there last November. He is helping Amparo organize the pro-life resistance forces there and he is taking reams of pro-life materials with him ... materials that HLI pro-life missionaries in other Latin American countries have used successfully to keep the abortion juggernaut at bay.
We also plan to help cover the cost for Amparo to publish and distribute a compelling book throughout Ecuador. The book is entitled: "TESTIMONIOS DE VIDA" ("Life Testimonies") and tells the story of the lives of courageous women and men who tell what it meant for them and their families to say "YES" to life despite the many trials and difficulties of everyday life.
All of this is going to cost HLI many thousands of dollars ... dollars that were earmarked to fight other battles around the world. But the situation in Ecuador is so dire that I've been forced to divert those funds to this all-important fight now raging in Ecuador.
The vile actions of the abortion zealots demand that we stand with Amparo and the valiant priests and bishops in Ecuador who are bravely defending the right to life against systematic campaigns and intrusion from foreign influences trying to impose western pro-abortion values on Latin America.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this vital matter. God bless you.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
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