To end abortion by replacing its perceived need with holistic care and faith-filled empowerment.
In the 1980s, Brother Mathias Barrett (founder of the Good Shepard Center and the Barrett Home for unwed others in Albuquerque) started a ministry to pray in front of abortion facilities in Albuquerque. The ministry became known as "Project Life" and was devoted to offering pregnant women help and alternatives to abortion.
In 2006, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato revived the ministry and worked with a board of directors to rename and establish Br. Mathias' legacy as Project Defending Life, a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization. Fr. Imbarrato dedicated the organization to educating New Mexicans about abortion and its impact on our families spiritually, physically, and emotionally. To help women who were at-risk for abortion, Fr. Imbarrato opened a pregnancy resource center in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Now located just 350 feet from Albuquerque's Planned Parenthood abortion facility and under new leadership, Project Defending Life has become the epicenter of pro-life ministries that houses a pregnancy medical clinic, a sidewalk ministry, and the Holy Innocents Chapel. Our pregnancy center in Santa Fe also houses a Eucharistic chapel and is currently being transformed into a medical clinic as well as the hub of pro-life mission work for northern New Mexico.