By REY FLORES
LOS ANGELES — To live and die is sadly much more than the title of a 1980s novel, movie, or song.
This first week of October I find myself in the “City of Angels,” and if any one place needed an army of angels, it definitely has to be this place. A more apropos name would be the city of “Lost Angels.”
Los Angeles is the kind of place where certain neighborhoods are not unlike one of those post-apocalyptic Hollywood movies where police helicopters constantly fly overhead, babysitting people who are incapable of behaving themselves civilly.
If you want to get an idea of what martial law looks like, try driving around south-central Los Angeles and you’ll definitely know what I mean. It’s so sad that people live like this.
In my work as director of outreach for the American Life League, I travel across the country to collaborate and provide support on the frontlines against the culture of death. I am visiting the area to meet with some pro-life leaders and frontline sidewalk counselors who work with the main target population on which Planned Parenthood has its crosshairs aimed.
With the growing communities of poor Hispanics in southern California, the abortion and contraception industrial complex has made Hispanics its soon to be number-one target. Historically, it has been the poor black communities that Margaret Sanger targeted decades ago, but now Hispanics are the most desired customer base.
Planned Parenthood has gone so far as to create its own online television program called East Los High, a soap opera featuring young Hispanic actors who apparently are more concerned with sex than with their studies.
This is the latest and most aggressive manner in which Planned Parenthood is selling its lies to young people.
The show is set in a high school in East Los Angeles and all of the characters are nothing more than pitch men and women for backseat sex and contraception. I encourage the adults reading this article to visit the web site at www.eastloshigh.com to see it for themselves.
East Los High online is a blatant advertisement for Planned Parenthood where young people watching this filth can easily click on a link to find the nearest abortion mill or contraceptive pushers.
During the episodes, pop-up messages scroll across the screen encouraging people to have condoms delivered to their mailbox for free, just by clicking on the pop-up link.
It’s bad and it gets worse in a city known for its over-the-top billboards featuring naked women selling everything from video games to apparel, of all things. You’d think that if some of these companies wanted to sell clothes, they’d feature some of their products on the models, but I guess the expression “sex sells” is true in a sex-obsessed world.
Yes, it’s bad here. This is the place where all of the so-called entertainment industry produces all of its garbage in the form of movies, television programs, and music. This is also the home of the pornographic film industry where young aspiring actresses often end up after being rejected by the supposedly more respectable movie studios.
When people talk about the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” this is the place they are referring to. In just a matter of three days, I’ve seen more homeless people than I ever saw in any other city. Disheveled prostitutes line certain neighborhood sidewalks like a tragic display of broken colorful dolls with makeup you can see from a block away.
There is also garbage strewn on many of the city’s streets and stray animals run in packs without fear of people. I also have never heard as many police sirens as I have in the last 48 hours.
The despair and the hopelessness are dripping in this place. I can’t even imagine anyone wanting to live here, let alone raise children in an environment like this. Perhaps I’ve been removed enough from Chicago that a place like Los Angeles appears to be this awful to me.
In the thick of all of this despair, there is a beacon of hope. The courageous women and men who work in these neighborhoods trying to save women from hurting themselves and killing their babies include my friends and colleagues: Astrid Bennett Gutierrez with Los Angeles Pregnancy Services, Catherine Contreras with Foot Soldiers for Life, Kristina Garza with Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, and Ana Maria Rivas with the Shield of Roses.
This is the silver lining in the dark cloud. These people and the many pro-life foot soldiers out here are the ones who bring God’s presence to these communities.
I will leave this godforsaken place in a few days, after I’ve done my work here, but these pro-life warriors stay here to do battle against the culture of death.
I ask that you please pray for them and support them in any way you can.
This is how people live and die in L.A.
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(Rey Flores can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)