HLI Miami Answers Anna’s Cry for Help

All in a Day’s Work

For over a decade Human Life International Miami receives an average of one call, every day, from a woman in crisis pregnancy. Often times women call—despite the name “Vida Humana Internacional” (Human Life International)—and ask in Spanish if we can get them abortion-inducing drugs.

Adriana Thurdekoos, part of the HLI Miami’s team on the ground, fields these difficult calls. “The average woman is Hispanic. I start by emphasizing woman-to-woman how important their current health and future lives are. These chemical abortions can seriously endanger their health and nobody tells them!”

In fact, taking these drugs unsupervised, something pushed by pro-abortion forces, can even be fatal if taken in certain cases, like an ectopic pregnancy. A woman calling for abortion drugs is really a cry for help and HLI answers that call by getting each woman to an ultrasound. This is not deception in any way; the law requires this verification to determine the gestational age of the baby, and HLI works with Heartbeat International to assist each woman in need, along with her growing baby.

Latin America Women Seek Out Miami for Abortions

Recently HLI Miami experienced an extraordinary case. A woman we will call “Anna” phoned in desperation. She had been raped, was pregnant and urgently wanted an abortion. She had also come all the way from Latin America because abortion was illegal in her country. Given the circumstances, Anna naturally was terribly upset by the rape and needed assistance, yet Adriana knew well that the baby is an innocent victim and should not be forced to die an an abortion. Tensions were high.

“Anna” is proudly smiling and holding her ultrasound baby pictures with Heartbeat volunteers. Her face has been blurred to guard her anonymity.

Adriana told Anna the first thing required by law was an ultrasound, made the appointment and went with her. HLI relies heavily on Heartbeat International, which assists women 24/7 in English and Spanish. As the ultrasound technician put gel on Anna’s belly, Adriana waited outside the ultrasound room in support.

Anna’s belly was scanned. Then the verdict was announced: the baby was 13 weeks old. “What!” said Anna, “Could you please measure again?” The ultrasound technician checked again. She then repeated, “13 weeks.”

Anna was shocked…and elated! The rape had occurred 9 weeks before. If the baby was 13 weeks, this baby was her husband’s! She had almost aborted her own husband’s child by accident.

So happy, Anna called her husband immediately with the great news.“Thanks be to God” said Adriana. Thanks to state limitations on abortion, which require an ultrasound, another baby has been saved.

HLI Miami is still ready every day; ready to answer that  phone call when it rings, for those in need.


Heartbeat International can be reached 24/7 in English and Spanish at their option line. They field over 1,000 crisis pregnancy calls each day. Please spread the number: 1-800-712-HELP.

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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