Project Defending Life (PDL) is a Catholic, pro-life organization that seeks to create a culture of life in New Mexico with a specific focus on offering life-affirming support, services, and care to abortion-vulnerable families. We have our Holy Innocents Chapel that hosts Mass every Tuesday and Thursday, and first Friday of the Month. We maintain a peaceful and prayerful presence on the sidewalk of abortion clinics through sidewalk advocacy and 40 Days for Life. Our pregnancy medical clinic, Women’s Pregnancy Options, empowers women and men to make life-affirming decisions through education, support, and holistic care.
Since the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973, pro-life advocates have worked and prayed to end the tragedy that is abortion. Albuquerque is known as “the abortion capitol of the Southwest,” for its unrestricted access to abortion services up to the day of birth.
In the 1980s, Brother Mathias Barrett (founder of the Good Shepherd Center and the Barrett Home for unwed mothers) started a ministry to pray in front of abortion clinics. This 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 the ministry as Project Defending Life, a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about abortion and how it hurts women, as well as providing services to abortion-vulnerable women.
Now located just 350 feet from Albuquerque’s Planned Parenthood facility and under new leadership, Project Defending Life has become a pro-life center that houses Women’s Pregnancy Options (a pregnancy resource center), the local chapter of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, and the Holy Innocents Chapel.
Generally, a woman will choose to have an abortion to solve an underlying problem. Through our pregnancy medical clinic, Women's Pregnancy Options, our goal is to help them solve that problem and choose life for their unborn baby. We do this by identifying their immediate needs, establishing goals to help redirect their focus and overcome mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual barriers, and advocating for self-confidence, independence, and dignity.