About Us

Non-profit educational foundation since 1976

Foundation for life

Every Life Matters

Foundation for Life is the premiere organization in Houston, addressing pro–life issues since 1976. Foundation for Life believes that all human life has dignity and absolute value. We are all made in the image and likeness of God; therefore every life matters and we must recognize the dignity and value of all life, from conception to natural death.


Our Mission

The mission of Foundation for Life is to uphold, protect and defend the value and dignity of human life from conception to natural death through advocacy, education and maternal assistance for women in crisis pregnancies.

Our Vision

Foundation for Life envisions a world where all human life from conception to natural death is valued, and the anti–life threats of abortion, fetal experimentation, euthanasia and other anti–life issues no longer exist.


Supreme Court decision

January 22, 1973, issued its 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe, Justice Byron White  and  Justice William Rehnquist filed the two dissenting opinions.

Seven of the Nine Justices, deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny

Right to Life Advocates

Created in 1974 as a 501(c)(4) corporation, Right to Life Advocates, is a sister organization to Foundation for Life, and was created to serve the greater Houston community on Pro–life issues.

Foundation for Life

Created in 1976, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was created to educate the community on pro–life issues following the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in all 50 states regardless of the stage of pregnancy.

First Crisis Pregnancy Center

Foundation for Life opened the first crisis pregnancy center in Houston in 1986 to offer positive alternatives to young women considering abortion.

Our Programs

Maternal Assistance Program

Maternal Assistance provides free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, confidential crisis counseling, resources and other essential items for women in crisis pregnancy situations, including free education classes, workshops and baby and maternity items.

Advocacy and Education

Foundation for Life uses its platform as one of the oldest advocacy organizations in Houston to educate the community on the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death. We are a true resource for women who are in the midst of crisis pregnancies, providing life-saving and positive alternatives to abortion. Foundation for Life uses its annual banquet to host leading speakers on prolife issues

Core Values

Foundation for Life accomplishes its mission through its core values of dignity, kindness, respect and compassion. Our core values help to create an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Our counselors recognize each situation and individual as unique and deserving of respect.


  • Emily Ponte, Director
  • Judy Vatterott, Consultant
  • Aura Ramirez, Assistant Maternal Assistance Director and Counselor
  • Karla Grau de Villarroel, Maternal Assistance Program Counselor
  • Alexandra Summerour, Business Manager

Board Of Directors

  • Herman Jadloski, President
  • Joseph Najarian, Vice President
  • Bill Alexander, Treasurer
  • Judy Vatterott, Secretary
  • Grimes "Bo" Boatright
  • Mary Halbleib
  • John J. Hubenak
  • Judy Najarian


  • Lewis E. Berry, Jr.
  • Mary E. Donovan
  • Michael M. Donovan, M.D. (d)
  • Ernest G. Hotze(d)
  • Margaret F. Hotze
  • John J. Hubenak

Advisory Committee

  • Patrick J. Finley
  • Reverend Msgr. James Golasinski
  • Nancy Pressler
  • Theresa Raia
  • Jerry Tomasello

Legal Advisory

  • Dick Schmude, Esq., Counsel