By Jose Soto
WASHINGTON – On my third week as an intern reporter with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, the March for Life, the leading anti-abortion movement in the country, proceeded through the streets of Washington.
I covered the event alongside Latinos X La Vida, an organization that aims to educate the Latino community about the reality of abortion and create leaders who can expand the understanding of preventive measure such as chastity. As a Latino myself, I was excited to talk with them.
Obviously, I knew that the main concern here was abortion and the anti-abortion stance of LXLV. I knew I would be listening to statements of advocacy. Surprisingly, I also was made aware of other underlying issues surround it.
I was pleased to have interviewed three leading individuals in the LXLV organization. They were extremely humble and amiable. As the interviews progressed, I noticed that they were assimilating other issues into the equation. Those issues included unfair wages, underfunded public schools, quarantined sectors of cities designed for poor communities and circumstances, such as single-parent households and poor financial assistance, that lessens the possibility of ever moving out. They also spoke about abortion violating male civil rights, which, quite honestly, never dawned on me as part of the anti-abortion movement. The group drew my curiosity.
The group addressed the issue of having abortions and health clinics mainly in low-income neighborhoods. This, they said, created the illusion that there is always help around the corner instead of teaching the community the realistic nature of unprotected sex, and what they say is the harmful effects an abortion has on a woman’s body. LXLV said that this is stripping away the education and empowerment of a community.
Interviewing some of the members of LXLV made me realize that writing my story would entail more than abortion but also the circumstances.
Aurora Tinajero, 66, director of Spanish Ministry for the Catholic Committee of North Texas, spoke at the inauguration conference for LXLV. She said in an interview that people are “victimized” by abortion clinics because they don’t fully explain in detail the effect it will have on the body.
Education, without doubt, is one of the most powerful tools toward improving any social issue. That perhaps is the key here. Overall, education would produce well-informed individuals who could compare and contrast their circumstances to make a decision about what is best for them.