Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Hi there! Today is a almost a week since I arrived to the lifehouse. I have to admit that it hasn´t been easy, but I have really loved it.
It´s a real challenge counseling womens, parents or couples, trying to help them not only with the decision of continuing with the pregnancy and keeping their baby but also helping them to get Jobs and sometimes even figure out a way of graduating. Excatly this is what happened to a young couple that came the other day to the Brooklyn office, the girl hasn´t graduated from high school and his boyfriend needed a job. They are still working on the way they are going to help them, but Linda is trying to improve the situation of this young couple and make it a better place for a baby to come to this World.
I have been a couple of days in the Brooklyn office, where a lot of different girls come with really tough situations. The other day a women came with her one-year-old daugter and a possibly pregnant friend. This women come a year ago asking for help with her pregnancy and thinking on an abortion, the people in the center helped her and now she has a beautifull and loved daughter( the baby of the picture). Talking to this women was a great and enriching experience.
Write to you soon
Parents of the child have a counselor with will discuss the options that they have. If parents wants to know about the child counselor asks for a complete medical and social history of parents and family. It is very important that the child know as much as possible about their parents if parents want.
If parents want to say to the child that they ever loved him or her it's so important to communicate parents love through a personal letter, explaining that planning an adoption was a difficult decision for you. Every child needs to feel wanted and loved from the beginning. When parents know they are not ready to parent, choosing adoption means that parents care enough to give your child ever opportunity possible. Adoption is a correct way, better than abort if the difficulties that parents have don' permit have the baby with their.
Ana Pacheco Doria.
Hi there, I´m camino. Like most of the interns, I come from Spain, Pamplona excatly. A small but really nice city in the north of Spain. August 19th I arrived to the lifehouse, since then I haven´t stopped.
I decided to came to EMC not only to finish my summer in usa helping others but also because I see the importance of the help we offer to these womens in this moment of their lifes. I´m a pro-life person, I believe in life since conception and in the Rights a human being has. I want to help fighting for this cause.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
One of the best ways to know how good or effective your work is by gauging the response of the people you are working with. We all need some encouragement and affirmation that we're on the right track. In this line of work, we sometimes encounter a lot more adversity or at least difficulty than support.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
She told me Belén I’m going to keep my baby; I was very excited about her decision
I couldn’t believe it!
She was very excited to, and also very worried about what her parents and her boyfriend parents could think about it. She was very afraid because she thought that her parents
They wouldn’t accept her decision.
Yesterday I received and other call and she told me that she was going to keep her baby instead of her parent’s opinion. She told me that her parents kick her out of the house she was very sad about that, I thought that because of that she was going to change her opinion. But surprisingly she told me I very disappointed but I’m not going to change my opinion.
I was very surprised and at the same time very happy for her big courage! Mothers have to realize about how important are them in her sister’s life, their daughters could affront her pregnancy but with her love, affection, understanding and experience. They have to realize that in the past they decided to keep her own daughter and now her daughter is going to birth a new life!
This people: Liz, Linda, Kathy, Rosanna, Jowel and July are the full time workers of the EMC Frontline Centers. They are always there, day after day, on the officines of Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn doing counceling or in Emily's or Jerome Avenue doing street work. They spend 8 hours daily from monday to saturday all the year trying to help young women who don't know enought about the abortion.
We, the interns spend here just for one or two months. That's almost all our summer holiday time. And we think that it is a lot of time and also that is a good experience that change our lives. So I can't imagine how would they feell this people. They our heroes and our example to follow. Thank you!
An abortion-minded woman walked into the Brooklyn office on monday. Her boy-friend later joined her. After watching our videos, she decided (and was convinced) not to abort her baby again. But she has only one problem: she is completely dependent on the boy. We spoke to her at length and convinced her to keep her baby. The counseling and explanation we gave her made her change her mind. She will also pick a job through us (coupled with our free benefits); and this too made a lot of impression on them. I wish the boy's conviction will not later prevail over hers.
Please pray with me that she may discover her self esteem and stand by her conviction to keep her baby.
When a women makes an abortion she is lossing to give the opportunity to a baby to born, she is lossing to give a baby the opportunity to be his son or daughter, to enjoy with the good thinks of life, to grow in a family that loves him or her.
In the other hand, a women who aborts doesn't think about the possibility that if they want to have a baby in other time, they can't because one day ago they decided to have an abortion. Because an abortion have wrong consequences and one of it can be that these women never have babys in her lives.
Mi first week here has been fantastic. I can help a lot of girls to see that thanks for her a baby can born, that thaks for her a baby can take part in the world like her and they can educate a person that makes big thinks in the world.
It is a pleasure to see your babys born, grow... It's a gift to take part in the history of the world giving to the earth a baby, a person who have the opportunity of life, who have the opportunity of being someone special in the lives of a lot of people because he or she exists.
I know that there are a lot of difficulties like be afraid to face the pregnancy or to raise the child alone that makes a person takes the decision of having a abortion, but if these women can be more than only the difficulties, they could see that there are a lot of thinks more than this.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Hello!! Yesterday I went to Queens office, it was a succesful journey. During the morning came a girl, she was 19 years old. She was pregnant of 6 weeks. At the first momment she started crying, she didn't believe it. She couldn't imagine her being a mother. We tryed to console her. She was with a very negative behaviour, she didn't want to keep her baby. She was very scared. We did the counseling with her. We gave her the information about the two main procedures of abortion and all the risks and complications. She didn't now anything about. She never had been informed about what we explained. She noticed that abortion is not a good procedure. It is not natural.
Finally the girl was so pleased about the help we brought her. he told us she couldn't do an abortion, she needed a lot of support, but she thought her mother could bring it.
It has been very greatfull!!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I´m very happy to be here with EMC. I`m the third daughter of my family, there are 7 of us. We are 4 daughters and 3 sons. I´m a pro-life person because I have my own experience with my family. We defend life in everything. Every new fertilized cell (embrion) is a new human being.
For me Pro-life means the respect for life. The right to life is the cornerstone upon which rests or should rest our civilization and I'm sure that the right to life from the moment of conception is the first right of all. It is for that reason that I'm firmly against abortion, which would be the opposite of pro-life.
The experience here is incredible. I worked two days and it is impressionant to have the opportunity to help women who are pregnant and want to abort because they see no other way for child and we can convince them. It is beautiful to have the opportunity to convince them about the life, about that they have a baby inside them and he has to life. I know that if this girls and women are informed about what they will be subject, they would have the chance of choosing what they would like to do
I am surprise seeing that the most women that comes to the centers doesn't know really that they have a baby inside with life that would have the opportunity to born. This experience is beautiful because we can valorate our life and explain to other people all the things that our family have explained and teach us.
They all enjoyed their first day. They spent it learning and getting to know the workers and the offices where we help, day after day, pregnant women who need help or are not sure of having the baby. At the end of the day, when we were having the dinner, they told us their impressions about this new experience that was just started. They all where impressed with the work done in the offices and happy with being doing this for a short time.
As everyone can see, we are having a really good time here in the Bronx Lifehouse. When we arrived we didn't know each other, but now we all are friends. That's why I encourage all young people who are thinking about volunteering, to come here and help the pro-life movement in the capital of abortion. It would be a experience that will never be forgotten.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Every case impress me a lot as I said during my last posts I admired the big courage of all this girls and how they face up her pregnancy.
Last week a girl came to Queens with her boyfriend. When I opened the door I saw a girl, at the beginning I though she seems very young but when she said that she was 14 I got very impressed! This girl at the beginning said that she wanted an abortion the boyfriend support her with any decision that she would take. Nacho and I started the counseling informing her about all the consequences and risks that an abortion could have, fiscally and physiology. When the girl realized about the real risks of an abortion her face was changing in to a worried face a sad at the same time. The couple were very overwhelm because they started thinking about how they can tell their parents that she was pregnant and also that they want finally to keep the baby. We try to help them explaining them how they can tell their parents this decision and also we arrange an appointment for made her a ultrasound.
On Saturday the boyfriend called me and told me that finally they are not coming to make the ultrasound because the girlfriend mother want the abortion.
I now that is not a happy history it can be contradictory but when you face up with this type of cases you feel like a big strong to continue with this work and informed all the girls about the real consequences and stopped with this tragedy!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It is my first week
My frist day was in Bronx.whwnen I arrived Liz showed me everything about abortion like videos,instruments and pictures.
There was a woman,3 months pregnant.She wanted to get an abortion.Linda talked to her during Carlos and me talked with her boyfriend.He said"It´s is her chooise"we aren´t agree with that answer,they are the parents,now they are a family with a child.He should support her all the time.Or give to adoption.But kill the baby is not the good way to solve the problem.
I was in Brooklyn helping Linda.I did pregnant tests,talked with women.They have very difficult lives.They think they can´t take care of their child,or it´s early to have a child whose father is not her boyfriend,or they don´t have money....
The next day I was Emilys.We saw women coming into the Abortion Clinic.Iwas waiting in the back door and talked with the woman,Few of then were crying and It was hard to them to walk.A mother went with her daughter,she didn´t wat the abortion.In two hours talking with her,she came into and took her daughter out of there.
It was an amazing experience.
Is the most international and numerous event that the Catholic Church organizes in the world. The Pope preside this event each three years. This new edition has been in Madrid since the 11th until yesterday!
Sincerely I would like to be there last week, I went to Colonia six years ago and it was awesome! Was a meeting point for the youth from all the parts of the world. In this event the Pope meet with the future society of our world, the Pope tries to give hope and courage to be a catholic in a relativistic and individualistic society. This event is an opportunity to meet people from the entire world and to share experiences also is a big relief to continue being a Good witness!!
Director: Ángel Manuel Soto
Writter: Ángel Manuel Soto, Ashley Shuck
Stars: Lizzy Salazar and Natalie
Yesterday I saw a good movie. I was at Bronx office with Lizz and a young couple. The woman was pregnant and when they arrive, they wanted to abort their baby. Finally, after the counceling they change their mind and decided to keep the baby. At one moment, the woman decided to talk only with Lizz, so I spent few minutes with the boyfriend taking about his life, what he thought about the abortion, about his family... Then, he asked me to tell him some examples of the risks of having an abortion.
I told many of that I know. But later, we saw a good pro-life short movie. It's 22 weeks and it's about one girl who has an wrong made abortion. This film is really shocking and I didn't seen before I saw in Bronx EMC office. I would recomend to everyone to know about a true story that took place in Orlando in 2005. This film show how an abortion can be risky for women and how bad time can have women when they see their child diying in their hands.
I´m Paloma,from Spain.I´m studing enginiering.
I have a big familiy,4 sisters and 3 brothers.
I´m pro-life since i have reason,the same as my family.2 of my sisters worked here 2 years ago.
All human being has de right to live,that´s why I´m here,helping pregnant women.
They are worried so I want to help them during this complicated moment in their lifes.
I´m very gratefull doing this.
Yesterday it began WYD in Madrid. An ocassion of the Pope to visit thousands of youngs gathered to welcome him. We are in New York, so it's impossible for us to be in Madrid sharing this moment near to the Pope.
Pope's visit has caused much criticism from many people who were against Catholicism, saying it costs to the State and leaving the rest of the Christian world enjoy this special moment near the Holy Father. But the reality is that the state is not going to cost anything because WYD will cost 50 million euros will be funded 70% by the participants and 30% for corporate sponsors . In return, the event will 100 million euros in benefits in Spain. The state paid more than 25 million euros in VAT by WYD.
There is much expectation about what can happen these days because this is a call to us of the Pope for standing up for Christianity and we can not stay silent. So, although we can not be physically present in Madrid, we can also help by being here in New York.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I’m writing this text from my house, near Barcelona. I have spent the last hours doing balance about my experience of working for EMC, and I only can say that it has been awesome.
I thank God about this experience, I thank God for all the amazing counselers that I have met like Linda, Liz or Carmen, I thank God for all the incredible interns I have known, I thank God that He has used me like his brush to save some babies, I thank God about all the knowledge I’ve received. I also pray in order God show me the way to continue serving Him and to finish with the abortion. Amen.
This is my last blog but not my farewell. I have been here in NYC, the capital of abortion, for six weeks, always ready to help those who need it. I've heard and talked with lots of women, learned plenty of different things and even grown up.
Most of the times that I've been helping in one of our offices the women that came had their minds into abortion. Once I was counseling one woman for two hours, we talked about almost everything, and finally all she said at last was: "So, I cannot get an abortion here. Can I?".
Friday, August 12, 2011
This Thursday I have been in the EMC Brooklyn office. It was not crowded but there was a 17 years old girl who let me show her 8 weeks baby in a sonogram. It was incredible for me be able to see a baby in a sonogram for my first time in live! I was so happy and I thanked her for let me seeing that.
I've been today in front of an abortion clinic in The Bronx. I don't know why, but when I've seen the two doctors that are doing abortions, I've been thinking about one thing that one of my friends, that is studying medicine, told me about abortions: "Doctors learn how to save life's, to bring life where there is something that is not working".
When we was there, we filmed some video clips telling our experiences here, working at EMC. Because of being nervous, I was unable to speak in front of the camera, I regret that a lot, because it was a great oportunity to help this cause.
That's why the next day, while I was working at Jerome Av, I seized the opportunity to give a tutorial about abortion in the office, with this tutorial, I hope I made up for my mistake at Priests for Life. I hope that the tutorial will be great. I will tell my experience in the following blogs. Wish me luck.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
These past days down at Jerome Av, working outside giving pamphlets and talking and counseling anybody who wants some information you realize that we are not alone in this fight against abortion. Lots of people stop by your side or stayed by the table watching the video and then start asking questions and trying to finish their appetite about pro-life stuff.
I mean it's so wonderfull when you are standing up there and then a 20 year old guy says: "good work bro, I'm from another pro-life organization. We have to work hard together in order to end this big problem”. Or another wonderful situation is when you are at Emily’s on the street and the people of the neighborhood every time they pass us by they say:”God bless guys. Keep working. Be strong”.
For me this is so rewarding, we are not the crazy guys here. People support us. People like us. They defend us. People, although they don’t work with us, are pro-life. This means hope for us and for every single baby and mother. Things are changing.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In Spain Since 1985 date that the abortion was legalized, this crime has been increase every day.
The quantities are surprising. In our country in 1985 only 9 mothers decided to abort her baby in 1990 the quantity increase in a 21’86 %, in 1996 the abortions that were done were 51.000, in 2000 were 617536, in 2003 it increase a 3’45% more and in the 2007 the quantity was 1.020.952 abortions.
Nowadays the situation in Spain is not better, in Spain as here in America this is a hide decision that most of the woman decide to made it alone. We have to give voice to this mothers that suffer this pain alone and try to inform them what the reality of an abortion is
Most of the days since we arrived to the internship, we have worked in passing informatives brochures out. Those brochures, in spanish and english, talk about the abortion procedures, consequences, alternatives, and stories of girls that were happy to keep their babies.
Usually we just give them to the women that are walking on the street. Most of the times we have a table near us, with a DVD player with abortion videos, or fetus models of different ages. The table help us a lot, specially by attracting people who ask us about what are we doing.
The best part comes when those people talk with us in a very friendly way, and give us support. It's very encouraging to meet this people and talk with them during a while. It's always great to feel supported by even more people.
I cannot describe in just a word these 7 weeks here... what can I say? That it was awesome, fantastic, amazing, incredible or wonderful? Yes it was, but it was more than that, it was something deeper, it was LIFE CHANGING.
I didn't want to leave NYC, the Bronx Lifehouse and especially the people I have met there. I wanna thank everybody that has made my stay there possible and comfortable in any way; I wanna highlight the advice and the help of Liz, Linda and Carmen for running the offices; Rosana and Jowell for being there with me at Emilys, standing with me under that hot sun. I wanna thank Julie for giving me the courage to start counseling. I thank Marnee for helping me with my blogs, checking my grammar and obviously I wanna thank Chris for letting me stay at the Lifehouse and help with his organization.
But besides all of this, I wanna thank my coworkers, the rest of the interns for standing me everyday at the house and at work! I wanna thank Amber for being my roomate and not getting mad at me even when I was the most untidy person in the world, I wanna thank Sarah for the appropriate joke in the appropriate (sometimes not so appropriate moment), I wanna thank Gabrielle for encouraging me to speaks with the girls even when I was feeling down and telling me that I speak good english, I wanna thank John for those "enriching" conversations that we used to have about global issues in which we wouldn't always agree with each other, I wanna thank Greg for being like the papa of this life family (buying food, organizing people, playing the banjo and even singing in latin!), I wanna thank Belen for being that big sister that I never had even when she found out that I wasn´t that good at painting nails..., I wanna thank Alex for taking me to the airport (though I have to say that I thought we wouldn't get there), I wanna thank Nacho for making me laugh even in the most unsuspected situation, I wanna thank Gabriel for being like the perfect journalist, always with the right thing to say (even when he didn't learn my name properly, and neither did Nacho..), I wanna thank Oriol for his special way of giving thanks at lunch times, I wanna thank Ignasi for being a very interesting chatty person to talk with, I wanna thank Carlos for being so "calm" and make it ok when I was in one of my stress moments and I had to scream and I wanna thank Borja for being such a good doctor (for the body and the soul) whenever I was in need of healing.
I also wanna thank the rest of the interns that I met during the summer but they already left like: Irma, Megan, Maria, Cristina, Teresa, Luis and Abby. Sorry if I am not mentioning somebody.
To sum up, I am very grateful to God for being my guide in all the days I've been working there, to my parents for paying for my flight and the women that where there at the offices and the clinics everyday, even the ones that didn't change their minds, they all helped me out in a special way.
I fullfil my ambition, I am more mature now than I was at the beginning of the summer. Thank you EMC!
P.S: I almost forget to mention the most important person that made my presence there possible: Marta, without her I would never have found the courage to join such an important organization and of living such a crazy and unbelievable experience!