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COLFS Gala Celebrates the ‘Glorious Blessing’ of Life

By Carol Maxwell

RANCHO BERNARDO — Culture of Life Family Services (COLFS) held its annual gala at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Oct. 10.

The event featured keynote speaker Lila Rose, president of Live Action, a media organization she founded at the age of 15 dedicated to ending abortion through investigative journalism exposés. Catholic Answers apologist Trent Horn served as master of ceremonies for the 375 attendees at the event, which included a live auction.

Rose spoke of being introduced to the Abortion Pill Reversal program through COLFS and how its funding is vital as medical abortions increase. COLFS runs a 24-hour Abortion Pill Reversal hotline due to the urgent need for expectant mothers to be treated as soon as possible after ingesting the first in the series of RU-486 abortion pills. In the past year alone, more than 100 babies have been saved and 75 continue to thrive in utero thanks to the program, which uses a network of physicians around the world.

“I was so excited when I learned about the RU-486 reversal because so many women walk into an abortion facility, and on their way out, they’re already regretting it,” Rose explained, “and to expand the network, to grow it, is an amazing thing.”

With the rhetoric so prevalent today about empowering women through the right to abort their unborn children, Rose explained that the model COLFS developed as a medical clinic and pro-life ministry is crucial to combat and compete with the abortion industry.

“What’s so beautiful about Culture of Life Family Services is that, while the abortion industry likes to say that they’re there for women, that they provide health care ... [COLFS] is about true health, and not just health for women who are pregnant, but lifelong health, providing the resources from the beginning of life to the end of life.”

Rose stated that the battles we face today are more severe than those of world wars in the last century — not just in flesh and blood casualties, but on a spiritual level because of the risk to souls. She urged the crowd to support COLFS because Rose believes abortion is the issue that defines our nation and is the greatest human rights violation we face.

“We recognize that the true test of our country is how we treat the weakest, and if we don’t protect and secure the first human right, which is life, how can we enjoy the peace that we all desire?”

Rose concluded by thanking the staff and volunteers and encouraging their work.

“God has a plan for Culture of Life Family Services, and it’s to bless it, and grow it, and help it save souls and save lives. And He’s inviting us to be a part of that plan.”

As the organization’s largest annual event, the gala’s success means a lot to COLFS.

“The gala is incredibly important for so many reasons,” explained Erica Tobin Rossio, COLFS ministry director. “Beyond its capacity to raise the funds to support our life-saving mission, we are able to gather as a community — from former crisis patients and their families to volunteers, to keynote speakers and guests of honor — to honor and celebrate the glorious blessing we all have been gifted with — life!”

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