By Gayle Atteberry
“I am very excited to announce the beginning of Oregon Right to Life’s new Latino Outreach program,” said Gayle Atteberry, ORTL executive director. “Latinos make up an important segment of Oregon’s population and we want to reach them with truth about the life of the unborn.”
Latinos comprise about 12 percent of Oregon’s total population and about 20 percent of Oregon’s school children. The most recent figures show that 11.5 percent
of abortions in Oregon are performed on Hispanics, with abortion rates among Hispanics being higher than those for non- Hispanics.
“Hispanics come from a cultural and spiritual background which is very pro-life,” explained Ms. Atteberry, “but the more the younger generation integrates with American culture, the more pro-abortion they become. We are dedicated to helping stop that trend.”
Margot Loza has been hired as director of the Latino Outreach program. Loza, a Latina and a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, spent many summer months living in her parents’ hometown in Mexico. She was a very active Students for Life leader on her university campus, helping increase membership in the club over 300 percent. She is currently working with Students for Life in Virginia, but will begin her new job at Oregon Right to Life on November 7. “We are all very excited to be able to have Margot’s skills, passion for life, and experience to lead this exciting new program,” said Ms. Atteberry. Beginning November 7, Ms. Loza can be reached at 503-463-8563 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.