On July 2, 1972, thanks to the efforts of three very compassionate local people, Dr. Bill O’Connnell, Kathy Hayes and Betty Brigante, Birthright of San Jose opened its doors as a chapter of Birthright International, the first emergency pregnancy service of its kind. The International group was founded in 1968 in Canada by a mother of seven, Louise Summerhill, who was an ordinary housewife who did something extraordinary for God. Her idea of providing a loving alternative to abortion caught fire in the United States and 3 chapters opened in 1972, in San Jose, Livermore and Chico all of which are still in operation. Since that day, the San Jose chapter has offered thousands of women free, confidential and loving support allowing many to choose life.
Birthright is an all volunteer organization and is funded entirely by private donations and fundraisers. The 11th annual benefit theater performance presented by South Bay Musical Theater will be held on May 25 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with a reception accompanied by hors d’ouevres. Tickets are $45. To add to the fun, there will be a silent auction and beautiful baskets raffled. Tickets may be purchased online at birthright.org or you may call (408) 241-8444.