The Matter of Life vs. Oxnard’s FPA For-Profit Abortion Clinic  

By Michael Hernandez

Tracy Martin (Oxnard filmmaker “The Matter of Life” movie (left) and Mary Rose Short (Ojai prolife activist)

VENTURA—Two pro-life women activists shared their mission to save babies at the Port Hueneme—Oxnard—Ventura (POV) community activist meeting held Wednesday at the Stronghold Institute (1500 Palma Drive, Suite 160, Ventura, CA 93003).

Tracy Martin, Oxnard documentary filmmaker, has now raised $20,000 in order to produce “The Matter of Life” Movie and needs only $10,000 more in order to begin production shooting.  The landmark film produced by the Brooks Film Institute graduate will convey the pro-life message with science, logic, history and powerful personal stories.

The Matter of Life will cause us to question “what is the unborn?”  Driving the narrative will be powerful true stories—including adoption, pregnancy from rape, miscarriage, and special needs children—balanced with the perspective of history, law and philosophy.  The science of embryology shows that life begins at conception.  The film will document the various abortion methods in use today.  A Pro-Life feminist perspective will show how the issue concerns women just as much as it does unborn children—that women deserve better than abortion.

Martin hopes to share the truth about abortion while profiling life-affirming organizations working compassionately with women in unplanned pregnancies and challenge viewers to provide assistance to these women as well.

“The Matter of Life” movie is being funded by pro-lifers who wish to reach culture with the case for life.  Individuals wishing to make “abortion unthinkable” are invited to make a 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible donation this Father’s Day weekend when a gift of $25 will include the donor’s name in the theatrical credits and the film’s website and after the premier will entitle the donor to access the film online.   

Donations can be make at:

“I use to be apathetic and ignorant about abortions, until I heard a pro-life message that made me realize that life begins at conception,” said Martin.  “I use to think this was a complex and grey area; now I know this is a black and white issue.   Life begins at conception.  A baby is a unique and whole person—an innocent life.

“We are scarred by abortions.   This is not just a clump of cells.  We have 3,000 legal abortions each day of the year…more than those killed in 9-11.  We have 3,000 parents experience the death of a child each day.”

“The Matter of Life” movie is scheduled to be released in theaters across the country in 2018-19, released in DVD, and also online with streaming options.  “We are in a spiritual battle,” said Martin. 

Ventura County’s pro-life activist Mary Rose Short, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, shared her efforts to save babies after the recent opening of Oxnard’s FPA Women’s Health—a for-profit abortion clinic (at 1700 Lombard Street #110)—which is part of the nation’s largest for-profit chain founded in California in 1969 by Dr. Edward C. Allred and Dr. Kenneth L. Wright (who pioneered the use of saline amniocentesis, a technique for termination pregnancy in the second trimester).

FPA operates 24 abortion clinics in California (Inland Empire, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Central Valley and Northern California) and does abortions using the abortion pill (RU 486) from five to 10 weeks, surgical abortions in the first trimester and in the second trimester with costs ranging from $500 to $2,500 per abortion.

According to Short, the abortion pill causes the placenta to disintegrate and often results in bleeding and sometimes “even death” of the woman.  She claims that abortion clinics target minority women and poor women.

“Call and ask the FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic to be removed from 1700 Lombard Street,”  said Mary Rose who shared a flyer that stated:

  1. FPA performs abortions on young girls without their parent’s knowledge.
  2. FPA regularly injures and hospitalizes its patients.
  3. FPA is frequently sued for medical malpractice.
  4. FPA employs doctors who have been disciplined by the state medical board.
  5. FPA is the largest for-profit abortion clinic chain the nation.

Ayaz Walji is the property owner for the 1700 Lombard Street medical offices and can be contacted at (619) 325-6320.  David Kim is the leasing manager and can be contacted at (805) 626-1234.

The Short family are known in Ventura County for their long-time involvement in the pro-life movement with Mary Rose organizing prayer vigils and demonstrations outside Ventura’s Planned Parenthood clinic.  Mary Rose’s mother, Catherine Short, is the attorney for David Daleiden, a pro-life activist who worked for Live Action before founding the Irvine based Center for Medical Progress in 2013—known for the undercover Planned Parenthood expose videos produced by David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

Mary Rose Short (left) with Thrin Short (Thomas Aquinas junior) holding signs outside Oxnard’s FPA abortion clinic (1700 Lombard Street).

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:

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