Special guest brings message to largest baby shower


EL CENTRO, Calif. – Shirley Smyth came to the first largest baby shower  hosted by the Coalition for Life in the Imperial Valley.



“We just believe in the sanctity of life that every life from the moment of conception is something that God has great plans for,” Shirley Smyth said.


The Coaltion for Life is hoping that the message gets out that they are pro life and that they are here for those in need.

Nearly a thousand showed up for the baby shower at the El Centro Council meeting.  Donations will go to those who are in need during their pregnancy.

These gifts will be donated to Real Hope Center and other charitable centers who help pregnant women in need.


“Being a victim of Planned Parenthood before, I’ve had an abortion.  Not ashamed to say that and I know now the importance of having somebody else who’s going to give us education.  It’s going to show the women that we love them and that we care about them,” Norma Vandergriff said.

Special guest Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King also came in support of Coalition for Life’s efforts in support of pro life.


“I saw that Planned Parenthood is moving in to this facility.  I was just kind of shocked because they had just opened an MLK Pavilion.  You can celebrate Martin Luther King and youth and abort babies,” activist Alveda King said.

King also spoke to city council to bringing the message that Planned parenthood doesn’t need to be in El Centro.


“Martin Luther King Jr said, the negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal confidence,” King said.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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