Students from the Edward and Catherine Carroll Chapter of Students for Life stood in the John Dam Plaza in Richland.
We’re On Our Way Through 2022 With New Enthusiasm
As the pro-life movement continues to grow and flourish across the nation, with remarkable
legislation being passed and more and more people speaking out in defense of life, your Pro-
Life Coalition of Central Washington is doing its part!
To help unite advocates for life across our region, we have been hosting quarterly Zoom
meetings for Pro-Life Center directors from the Tri-Cities to Ellensburg, Lower Yakima Valley,
Wenatchee and Yakima. This has proven to be a great opportunity to exchange updates, and
discuss challenges and opportunities in our work.
In addition, we held our first regional meeting for Students for Life groups on Zoom, February
1. These are amazing young people who are a constant inspiration to us for what a pro-life
future can be. The photos below show how these five Students groups, formed and mentored
by the Pro-Life Coalition, help in their communities – from delivering treats and encouraging
notes to nursing homes, to listening to speakers from groups including Mirror Ministries (who
help victims of human trafficking) and joining in January walks for life.
By Spring, the Coalition will have a newly updated, regional pro-life resource directory ready
to be distributed throughout Central Washington. This is a guide to pregnancy centers, lay
individuals willing to talk to those with unplanned pregnancies, compassionate clergy members,
transitional housing options and national resources which stand ready to help.
We also are continuing our outreach to medical professionals, such as those in a newly opened
OB/GYN office in the Lower Yakima Valley. Whenever we find a receptive health care office, we
send out resource materials including pregnancy center brochures and generic pro-life
literature to have on hand for patients.
Thank you for all of your continuing support. Please keep us in your prayers as we forge on,
spreading the light of life – and of Christ – in every way possible!
Pro-Life Coalition of Central Washington
Our Students for Life Groups Remain Active
We are proud of the many activities undertaken by our Students for Life from Yakima to Ellensburg, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and Lower Yakima Valley. Following are some highlights from past weeks:
Wenatchee Students for Life joined in a January 22 March for Life.
-- Photo by Mayra Navarro Gomez
Christiana Schell of Lower Yakima Valley Students for Life brought holiday surprises to Sunnyside Assisted Living.
-- Photo courtesy of Christiana Schell.
Joseph and Holly Fromherz, officers of the Ellensburg chapter of Students for Life, presented holiday treats to nursing home residents.
Tri-Cities Students for Life stood up in defense of all human life.
-- Photo courtesy of Katriel Nyman
Staff at Life Options, Lower Yakima Valley, appreciated the "thank you" treats from Students for Life.
-- Photo by Christiana Schell
Kimberly Barrera, president of Yakima Students for Life, helped hold a sign for the January 22 Walk for Life on Yakima Avenue.
-- Photo by Jazmin Bucio
Wenatchee Students for Life waited to present tokens of thanks to parish seniors at Holy Apostles Church.
-- Photo by Mayra Navarro Gomez
The activities director at Good Samaritan care center in Yakima accepted treats for residents from Students for Life.
Students' holiday treats brought smiles to residents at Good Samaritan care center in Yakima.
Do You Have Input for the New Resource Directory?
The Pro-Life Coalition is currently in the process of updating a regional, pro-life resource
directory for Central Washington.
Do you know of a resource we should include? Perhaps you would not mind receiving an occasional call from a young woman with an unplanned pregnancy who needs a referral.
Maybe you know of a clergy member, medical professional, or office that would be willing to take one or two calls each year.
We welcome any and all suggestions by March 15, 2022. You can contact (509) 985-6248 to offer your ideas. Thank you for caring!
Supportive Peers Might Have Helped Prevent Her Abortion
Carey Falter of Yakima is an outstanding pro-life advocate, who has learned the hard way about the value of human life. She has spoken to groups such as the Gregory Sherman Chapter of Students for Life in Yakima and is currently working on a book about healing from abortion.
Here are her observations:
“I grew up attending church every Sunday. I chose abortion when I was 20 years old. Looking back, I was walking a destructive path. It is no wonder I found myself in an abortion clinic. There is real truth in the saying, ‘prevention is worth a pound of cure.’
As a pro-life advocate, you might wonder what could have been done to prevent my abortion. I have identified three possibilities:
1. Faith-based Youth Group. My friends in high school were involved with sex, drinking and drugs. They were the people who loved me and gave me the attention I craved. The church I attended was small and my family were the only ones with children. I now recognize the importance of being friends with peers who are building a positive future instead of destroying their bodies and minds.
2. Exposure to the Reality of Abortion. Sadly, I knew nothing of abortion until I was pregnant. I only knew that I could have one. I had no idea what it would do to my body or how horribly it would end my pregnancy.
3. Involved Adult. It was my best friend’s mom who encouraged me to abort my baby. I wasn’t even thinking of an abortion until I spoke to her. When the relationship with the baby’s father dissolved, I turned to her for answers and support. I wish I had had an adult who cherished life who could have provided other options.
Our children are our future. The best time to influence their choices is BEFORE they become pregnant. Please consider supporting the Pro-Life Coalition and its wonderful work with Students for Life groups. By volunteering your time and donating money, you can help stop abortion before it becomes a ‘choice.’”
What Is The ‘Pro-Life Coalition’ All About?
Founded in 2018, the Pro-Life Coalition of Central Washington is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Washington and headquartered in Yakima. The Coalition serves this region with a variety of services, with the purpose of uniting and strengthening the pro-life community in respect for human life from conception through natural death.
We have three main areas of focus. We educate youth; forming, supporting and guiding Students for Life chapters. We provide medical professionals with pro-life materials, increasing their awareness of life-affirming resources available in our cities. Finally, we reach out into our communities to educate on the life issues, solidifying and prospering the pro-life spirit among people of various faiths and walks of life. As part of this latter effort, we have begun hosting quarterly Zoom meetings which bring together leaders from pro-life centers across Central Washington, allowing them to become better acquainted and exchange ideas and information.
The Pro-Life Coalition is here for YOU! You can call us at (509) 985-6248. Reach us by mail at 4401 Summitview Avenue, Suite 5, #16, Yakima, WA 98908.
Young Woman Who Chose Life Has Become A Leader for Students
Kimberly Barrera was only 16 years old when she made the brave decision to continue her pregnancy and give life to her baby daughter. Since that time, she has become an outspoken advocate for respecting life from conception through natural death.
Now, Kimberly serves as President of the Gregory Sherman Chapter of Students for Life in Yakima (a group begun by the Pro-Life Coalition), in addition to working in the ImagePoint mobile medical unit, offering pro-life resources to many.
This is her message:
“Having been a teen Mom myself, I know there is a way other than abortion. I want other women to know this and that is why I am part of Students for Life and appreciate all the encouragement we receive from the Pro-Life Coalition.
The pro-abortion movement is involved in almost everything that our youth is exposed to, such as school, some churches and extracurricular activities. I feel that it is our job, as the next generation, to spread the pro-life message in all those places as well.
Students for Life is a great organization that trains and equips those who are age 13 to college age to be active as pro-life members in their schools, churches and also regular, everyday life. It means a lot to be part of this effort, to build self-respect among youth, and to help other young women – and men – know that they are precious in God’s sight. I keep learning myself, as we hear speakers from across the area and enjoy the chance to help others through our community service projects.
When I found out I was pregnant, my friends from school automatically told me that 'Planned Parenthood was there to help.' It is now my goal as a pro-life activist that, if any woman finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy, she knows that there are life-affirming options out there for her, full of people who will guide her and love her every step of the way, so that abortion becomes unthinkable for everyone.
I’d encourage other young people, from age 13 to college age to join with us!”
Something To Think About...
"We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible ... so we will do them anyway."
-- William Wilberforce