Eduardo Verastegui, actor and director of the 2023 film Sound of Freedom, which shed light on the horrors of child trafficking, is running for president in his native country of Mexico. Verastegui has only been a movie director, not a politician, but he says, “I have to let go of everything I fought for 20 years, even though it’s my passion to make movies, in order to give life to my country.

Verastegui is passionately pro-life and advocates for the unborn. Abortion was legalized in Mexico in 2021, and had already been legal in the capital of Mexico City since the passing of the Marcelo Law in 2007. The Mexican Supreme court ruled the abortion ban as unconstitutional, leading to abortion being legalized all across the nation. 

Mexico has presidential elections every six years with the next one this year on June 2, and Mexico’s constitution allows presidents to serve only one term. Lopez Obrador, the current president, will not be able to run again, giving the perfect opportunity for a pro-life president to make a change that  saves unborn lives. This recently took place in Argentina with the election of pro-life, conservative president Javier Mielei. Verastegui, a devout Catholic, is vocal about his pro-life beliefs, stating that “My fight is for life. My fight is for freedom. It is time to remove the same old people from power. Our country needs a new way of doing politics, to eradicate corruption and impunity.” 

Since 1929, Mexico has been ruled by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the National Action Party (PAN), and the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), under whose leadership abortion became legal nationwide. All of these parties have done little for the population and have caused more corruption and poverty, affecting the most vulnerable and creating a difficult environment for many families. Verastegui is a great example of standing up for what you believe in and taking action to protect the unborn. 

Though abortion is currently still legal in Mexico, there is a chance to see that law repealed and the unborn to be protected. We saw this in our own nation two years ago when Roe v. Wade was overturned, ending 50 years of nationwide abortion and leading many states to ban abortions altogether. In Mexico it could take much less time. In May of 2023, 25,000 people took to the streets of Mexico City to protest abortion, with various representatives of pro-life organizations in Mexico giving speeches that called for the politicians to build a Mexico that supports and helps women. These same speeches noted that the Mexican people want life, not systematic violence. This is an inspiration that shows the power of unity and using our voices, just like the annual March For Life in Washington, D.C. 

While we may not all run for political office, Verastegui’s bold stance can serve as an inspiration to do our part in saving the unborn, whether that means volunteering, praying, going door to door, setting up a pro-life chapter on campus, or donating to centers that help pregnant mothers and their children. 

Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

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