“Bella” Opens in Pro-Abortion Spain with Appearances by Star Eduardo Verastegui
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
SPAIN, November 11, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The life-affirming movie “Bella,” which has had a successful and highly-publicized run in the United States and Canada, opened in pro-abortion Spain yesterday following public appearances by star Eduardo Verastegui.
“I want to be the voice of those who don’t have a voice,” said Verastegui to the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta. “If the idea of abortion had crossed her mind when I was in my mother’s womb, I would have wanted someone to defend me.”
“Abortion is a crime, and it is necessary to defend those innocent babies. Not only the baby dies during an abortion, but also the conscience of the mother,” he added.
During Bella’s run in the United States and Canada, over 25 women (that are known of) changed their minds and decided not to have an abortion, said Verastegui. The movie also won numerous awards, including the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award, and was rated #1 in polls taken by the New York Times and Yahoo.
What is most important about the film, Verastegui told La Gaceta, is not its commercial success, which he says “broke the box office records in 2007 for a Latin-themed films in the United States” but rather “the calls I receive from many people whose lives have been changed by this movie. Above all, pregnant women who were thinking of having an abortion.”
Regarding the relationship between abortion and Hispanics in the United States, Verastegui said that “there are many racist groups that think that Latinos are a threat to democracy, and that the only way to do away with our race is to open abortion clinics in Latino neighborhoods.”
He noted that over 200,000 Latino babies are aborted every year in the USA, and that over 45 million babies have been killed in their mother’s womb in the United States since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which struck down state laws prohibiting abortion.
Over 1.1 million unborn children have died in Spain since abortion on demand was legalized in 1985, and the deadly procedure is now performed on 100,000 babies annually. Spain’s population continues to age and to be replaced by immigrants, while families have an average of only 1.28 children, well below the replacement level of 2.1.