Handsome Is as Handsome Does: Bella Star Eduardo Verastegui Decries Obama and Saves Babies

In Los Angeles, on Saturday, September 27, the Mexican superstar of Latin America, Eduardo Verastegui and several of his friends joined the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign outside Family Planning Associates, an abortion business at 601 S. Westmoreland Avenue. He went there for two reasons: to help mothers and their unborn children, and to warn people about the number-one abortion celebrity, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Verastegui is cofounder of L.A.-based Metanoia Films and lead actor in the company’s first feature film Bella, which premiered in American movie theaters last October.

Until November 2, citizens of 179 cities in 47 of the United States and the District of Columbia are enrolled in 40 Days for Life, peacefully praying outside abortion locations to end the holocaust. In the Canadian cities of Ottawa and Halifax, pro-lifers are publicly praying as well.

Armed with a rosary, Miraculous Medals and DVD copies of his latest production, Dura Realidad, which means Hard Truth, Verastegui and his friends approached seven women as they stood in line to enter the aforementioned abortion office.

John Anthony Hernandez, coordinator of 40 Days for Life Los Angeles, witnessed Verastegui’s talent and skill. He said, “The words just seemed to flow from Eduardo and his companions who showed them the pro-life film, Dura Realidad, and directed the mothers to the LAPS [Los Angeles Pregnancy Services] center for help. He also handed everyone a Miraculous Medal and told them the beautiful story behind the medal and God’s great love for us.”

bellastar.jpgVerastegui told the women that he did not judge them. He said he knew they were suffering and he cared about them, but they were not alone. Verastegui warned that abortion causes sterility, and breast and uterine cancers. He said, “Now you’re making that decision, so let me just share with you what they don’t share with you inside. For example, I was at an abortion clinic that in the last three years more than 12 women — young ladies — have died. They don’t tell you that.”

Verastegui explained, “I was counting all the women lined up for an abortion. It was all Latinas and African Americans. And I said all I want to do here is to share with you a video on the hard truth about what is going on inside [that place]. And ya know what? By the grace of God, four babies were saved this morning.” All of the women wept while watching his video, but he doesn’t know what three of them decided.

At http://www.durarealidad.com/, Verastegui appeals to his people in Spanish. He inquires, “Did you know that minority children are being aborted at more than double the rate of white children?” He tells why abortionists target Hispanics. Then, introducing the segment showing abortion victims, Verastegui says, “Perhaps you question whether it is necessary to show a video like this, and my answer is the same that they give in schools about showing movies of the Nazi holocaust… [Teachers] show them because the Nazi holocaust represents a terrible evil that words alone cannot describe.” In conclusion, Verastegui discusses how Barack Obama’s “inhuman” policies would endanger everyone if Obama is elected president.

CNA TV provided English subtitles and posted the video on YouTube.com, minus the victims segment. Soon Verastegui will release an English-language version of this video.

He said, “Most of the registered Latinos who are voting are voting for Obama. Why is that? He doesn’t represent our values: respect for life, traditional marriage or even immigration reform.

“Americans and people around the world need to know about Obama,” Verastegui continued. “If he is not going to defend the most innocent, then who is he going to defend? If someone is not willing to take a risk for the most innocent, which is babies, what can I expect from that person? He will not defend me. He will not defend you. That’s what inspired me to put something together.

“I want people to know the truth about Obama,” said Verastegui. “And I pray to God and I don’t judge anyone, but there is objective truth on this issue: It is wrong and we need to make sure that everyone knows [abortion] is not a subjective thing. It’s never okay to kill an innocent person.”

As Americans say, Verastegui puts his money where his mouth is. His foundation Manto de Guadalupe builds homes for the poor in Latin America, and helps mothers in crisis there and in the U.S. Verastegui is alarmed that nine abortion centers exist along just one mile of L.A., so he will open a pregnancy resource center among them.

He said, “You wanna hear something really, really funny? Here’s what happened at the end. All the nurses from the clinic — some were African Americans, some were Latinas — came outside.” The next thing Eduardo Verastegui knew, eight nurses wanted someone to take pictures of them with him. Instead, he gave each nurse a Miraculous Medal and his DVD. They didn’t want to watch his DVD, but promised to do so simply because he requested it. He told them, “I’m going to be here next Saturday and we’ll take a picture next Saturday.” Then the security guard confronted him, asking, “What are you doing here?” Verastegui countered, “What are you doing here, my friend?”

After our conversation, Verastegui left for Bella premiers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama. Bella is also scheduled for release in Brazil, Hong Kong and Spain.

On Saturday, October 4, look for Eduardo Verastegui with the Los Angeles contingent of 40 Days for Life.

[Copyright Anita Crane 2008]

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  • kent4jmj

    YES!!!

    The lamp must be on the lampstand to do any good. Clear public expression of our Catholic Faith is what is needed now.

    I share part of an email I received recently.

    “How is it that the same darkness we see today in general society was not able to cast its darkness over the light of Christians of bygone days? And yet today, the Christian light is overshadowed by darkness. By their very nature, when Christian principles are lived, it is an impossibility for the light of Christ not to shine and overpower darkness. A contradiction then exists because if we are truly the light, we would be lighting up the darkness. So the truth is that the prevailing darkness is a testimony against US , not against darkness. We are now disabled, paralyzed, and unable to act. Thankfully, there is an uprising among people of the Judeo/Christian faiths who are discontented with the godlessness of our nation and its present political system. We, therefore, must put our own house in order and be active and ready to seize the moment that God gives us to take back America and place it back on the foundation of our Fathers dreams, our Fathers who first gave us this homeland.”

  • http://matthewsmom.blogspot.com/ Catholic Out Loud

    We will never know, this side of heaven, how our prayers, hours of sacrifice, and love for the mothers and fathers who go near the abortion mills impact our society.

    I have great admiration for the warriors who travel day after day, week after week, praying, standing outside abortion mills, interceding on behalf of the children who are being brought there by their mother.

    The work is wearying, it is often discouraging. I love Verastegui’s response to the guard’s question…”what are YOU doing here, my friend.” We are at the abortion mills to bring those who are in darkness out of that darkness. We are there to do nothing more than to love one another as we have been commanded by Christ.

    To God be the Glory!

  • BerenCamlost

    I love to see stuff like this!

  • noelfitz

    Abortion is not the only pro-life issue and both Obama and McCain are in favor of abortion.

    We should encourage all to have life and have it to the full.

    Thus the following are NOT pro-life:

    the war in Iraq,

    incarceration of over 1% of the population,

    contraception,

    depriving millions of US citizens of health care,

    mistreatment and torture of prisoners,

    tolerating infant mortality on a scale only seen in third world countries.

    having a society that uses the labor of undocumented/illegals that are without civic rights, which is a form of slavery,

    embryonic stem cell research.

    God bless,

    NoelFitz.
    ___________________________________
    “When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons” Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.
    ____________________________________

  • mkochan

    Millions of US citizens are not deprived of healthcare.

    Illegal aliens do have civil rights.

    Catholics are free to disagree about the war.

    We have civil liberties that don’t allow the government to force women to get prenatal care — which is available free or sliding scale for any woman in this country that wants it, including voucheres for high protein foods and vitamin-enriched grain products for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children. It’s called the WIC (Women, Infants, Children) program. Our civil liberties also do not allow the government place pg women under surveillance, house arrest, or protective custody to keep them from using crack, drinking, overeating, or doing other things to endanger the health of their babies. Sorry about that.

    So what else don’t you like about America today?

    Maybe you would like to discourse on the absolute perfection of Ireland for us.

  • http://www.myspace.com/nextleveltheband Andy James

    noelfitz, your leftism is misguided. You are right in that pro-life is not just limited to abortion, but the bishops have made it clear that abortion is THE issue, and is not to be interchanged with others like you have done.

    With the exception of contraception and stem cell research, you are wrong on all points.

    Was the invasion of Europe in 1945, which ended World War II (and the Holocaust) pro-life? I would argue it was, as is the war on terror protecting free people from Islamofascism.

    Depriving people of healthcare? Give me a break. Ever heard of Medicaid and Medicare? From my perspective, my biggest burden outside of my mortgage is my tax bill, and I would argue that the pro-life side is to lessen the tax burden so people can do a better job taking care of themselves.

    Incarceration?? Once again, give me a break. Should we release them into society and ask them to be nice people? Would you tell the victim of a repeat offender that you are doing the pro-life thing?

    Infant mortality? Are you living in America, my friend? I have nine children and can say for certain that our medical care of infants is the best there is. Our nurse from our last birth (last week) almost didn’t let us leave the hospital because our car seat was older than 5 years.

    Illegal immigrants? You mean people who break the laws of our sovereign nation? Do you believe in American sovereignty, or shoud we join up with the one world government?

    Abortion is THE pro-life issue, and Obama will solidify it beyond our ability to ever see it overturned. Those who support him based on mis-guided arguments such as yours are assisting in the greatest evil ever.

  • sabr

    Noelfitz,

    Please explain to us what you consider to be proportionate to the ~50 million innocent children killed by their own mothers since Roe.

    Faithful Citizenship talks about choosing the *lesser* of two evils, not turning a blind eye to fundamental grave immorality because of some lesser policy positions you may agree with.

  • noelfitz

    Mary

    Thank you for your immediate reply.

    You know how highly I respect your views and commitment to the Church, so I would be upset if you were to consider me anti-American or not loyal to the Church in any way. I would not contribute here if I were.

    I have live in the States and appreciate how the US saved Europe after two world wars. The reconstruction of Europe depended on the Marshall Plan and peace came to Northern Ireland due, in no small measure, to President Clinton.

    However, I do not like Republicans. Their policies have brought the world close to financial chaos. They caused the Depression after 1929 and it took the greatest President in the last 100 years, FDR, to restore prosperity.

    I can not admire a person who would divorce his wife, injured in a terrible accident, and then live with a rich woman who could finance his ambitions. A senile old man who thinks Spain is in Latin America is no leader for the free world.

    I would be worried about having as president (or VP) a young woman who said she was in Iraq, when she was in Kuwait. Either she is a liar or terribly stupid. Even before the election she has threatened Russia (a country she saw from Alaska) with war.

    She is being kept away from interviews, sinceshe would harm McCain’s chances. I admit she has a nice smile, nice legs, can wink and be folksy. However Biden was warned not to be tough on her, as being forceful with young lady would not be appropriate. In high office can one expect the same courtesies?

    Mary, you know how I admire the courage and patriotism of young Americas who are serving overseas.

    Years ago in Ireland many rural houses had pictures of the Sacred Heart, John XXIII and John F. Kennedy. Americans were admired here.

    In Ireland we have greed and corruption, but our constitution does have a right to life of the unborn.

    God bless,

    NoelFitz.
    ___________________________________
    “When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons” Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.
    ____________________________________

  • wgsullivan

    NoelFitz,

    It was good to read your admission of dislike for Republicans. Good in the fact that you are honest. But as others have mentioned, to go down in financial ruin is better than to go down in moral ruin. Yes, there are many politicians on both sides of the isle very corrupt but the Republican platform is basically more in line with the Christ’s Church and it’s teachings than the Democrat platform.
    If we look at the non-negotiables of Jesus and His Church, the pro-life action of the current president (supreme court picks, non-funding of various UN groups pushing abortion, to name a few), the stances of the presidential nominees on life issues, and the proportionality teaching of Christ’s Church one may need to excercise our faith muscle and trust Christ and His Church.
    The Bishops can’t tell us out loud who to vote for but it’s obvious who they think we should vote for. And for some, a bitter pill to swallow.

  • SolaGratia

    Noelfitz, I appreciate your admission – it is just a shame that you allow bigotry to form your voting conscience instead of your Church.

    I strongly recommend that you try reading history that is not so selective. Do you disdain Abraham Lincoln as well? The GOP does not have a monopoly on greed & corruption – it’s a bipartisan human weakness. Just a quick google search will show you that – despite the frantic attempts to shift blame – the current mess was largely fueled by Democrats with their hands in Fannie & Freddie’s pockets and it is well documented.

    Hitler would never have come to power if the German people hadn’t decided that the economy was more important than protection of the weak & defenseless.

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