Shelter aims to save babies from abortion

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PASIG City, Jan. 8, 2014—A shelter that grew from a few private individuals’ inspiration is offering assistance to mothers to help them reconsider aborting their unborn babies.

According to ‘Grace to Be Born’ shelter director Rey Ortega, the shelter welcomes young women with unwanted pregnancies and provides for their needs free of charge – from food, board and lodging to pre-natal check-ups and even the actual delivery expenses just to save more babies from abortion.

160 babies saved

Conceived of by Rey Ortega and Bo Sanchez of the Light of Jesus Community in August 2008, the shelter finally started operations in May 2009, saving 160 babies as of late last year.

Relatively new, the shelter is still in need of both human resources and material needs like cash donations and specific items like infant formula milk, diapers, fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, vitamins, as well as volunteer doctors and nurses, counselors, psychologists, and marketing professionals who could promote the shelter on media platforms.

Support for crises pregnancies

Most of the young women coming to the shelter, Ortega said, are economically poor teens or in their early twenties, either high school graduates or college undergraduates and are predominantly coming from the Visayas.

With majority of them jobless or working as domestic helpers, the women understandably struggle with the psychological and emotional strain of unwanted pregnancies, specifically fearing their parents and relatives’ reactions and being emotionally and financially incapable of supporting a child, Ortega explained.

Located at 53 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue in Kapasigan, Pasig, the shelter also coordinates with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the local barangay authorities, Jeremiah Foundation, Pregnancy Support Asia, and Pro-life’s Welcome House to find and support women who are undergoing crises pregnancies.

For more information on how to help the ‘Grace to Be Born’ Shelter, please contact Rey Ortega at (02) 6356056 or (02) 9101895 or Myrna Ortega at 0917-803-9139. Emails may also be sent to reylindo.ortega@gmail.com. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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