In 1970, the Right to Life League was founded by citizens who joined together to fight the liberalization of abortion laws in California. In the beginning, the group traveled to Sacramento and met with law makers. Eventually, the League established an office in Los Angeles which became known as the Right to Life League of Southern California. As an organization, the League’s functions included political advocacy and public education provided by an Education and Speakers Bureau. With the advent of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, the League became more involved in education and speaking, informing the public about the destruction of the fetus in the abortion procedure.
In 1974, the League established its first center to serve women in crisis. This center, the Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) of San Gabriel Valley, was located at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena. Initially, the Center provided a hotline and counseling. Today, the PHC of San Gabriel Valley is located in Temple City and it functions with a clinic license from the California Department of Health Services. As a clinic, it offers pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, referrals, material assistance and hotline services. The PHC of San Gabriel Valley has its own nonprofit standing but remains an affiliate member of the Right To Life League. To date, the League has opened more than a dozen centers throughout southern California and maintains its headquarters on North Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
In 1981, a group of women met to discuss opportunities of support for the San Gabriel Valley Center . This group founded the San Gabriel Valley Auxiliary of the Right to Life League with the purpose of raising monies to specifically support the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley.
Known today as the Auxiliary of the PHC of San Gabriel Valley, this group raises a substantial percentage of funds necessary for the operation of the Center through the Mother’s Day Benefit and Monthly Giving. The Auxiliary also offers its more than 300 members opportunities for volunteerism with women who share the pro-life philosophy.