Kathleen Eaton Bravo, one of the nation’s leading pro-life pioneers, has courageously served the pro-life apostolate in Oklahoma and California since 1981. A personal experience with abortion in 1980, and the shame that surrounded it is what introduced Kathleen to the pro-life movement. After realizing her pre-abortion counsel with a nationally prominent family-planning organization did not involve at least a discussion of choosing life for her unborn child, she decided to dedicate her life to preventing other young mothers from making the same mistake.
As a result, in 1981 she started volunteering at a pregnancy center in Oklahoma before moving back to California to start three pregnancy centers in 1986 called Birth Choice, converting and growing them to six fully licensed medical clinics in 2006. Bravo states, “I wanted to create a comprehensive medical clinic model that could compete nose-to-nose with the large abortion providers for the lives of unborn babies and the soul of the mothers and fathers. In other words, get the patients out of abortion clinics and into our life-affirming clinics.” In 2012, she rebranded to Obria Medical Clinics; in 2015, the Obria brand was trademarked and a business model for National Affiliation was created. In January 2017, The Obria Group was founded, which is the umbrella corporation uniting pro-life clinics as Affiliates under The Obria National Brand. The Goal—200 pro-life, accredited, women’s comprehensive healthcare clinics by 2020. Today it is the nation’s leading (and currently only) National Trademarked Brand of life-affirming, comprehensive clinics—36 Affiliates in 5 states, another 26 in process—positioned to be a national alternative to abortion providers.
Kathleen has always viewed change as an opportunity. In 2017, she launched the first Telemedicine App bringing the pro-life movement into virtual healthcare. The Obria Direct Telemedicine platform is the only pro-life Telemedicine clinic in the Country. Every Obria Medical Clinic will soon bring Telemedicine into their State.
Over her 37 years of fighting for the unborn child, Kathleen has received many prestigious awards including the Cardinal John J. O’Connor National Pro-Life Award, along with former President George W. Bush, and most recently the Washington D.C.-based Susan B. Anthony List’s Distinguished Leader Award. She is also a national speaker and is working on her first book.