Cherish Your Sacred Right

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. Although this is written specifically about Pennsylvania, the advice applies nation-wide.

Vote buttonsMy Italian grandmother had to leave school in the 5th grade to care for her younger sisters. Despite her lack of formal education, she had a brilliant way of summing up the personalities of her seven children: Mary loved to dance. Rose was always praying. Danny always had his nose in a book…

Danny highly prized learning and graduated near the top of his class in high school. He determined that, coming from a poor family, his best opportunity for an education rested in the U.S. military. He enlisted during a rare time of peace. But, before he finished his service, war broke out, and his life was now at risk. I will always consider it a miracle that he survived, returned to the States, and was able to marry my mother and raise a family.

He never missed voting in an election. He knew it was a right he had laid his life on the line for. And he passed that love for free elections onto his two daughters.

During these times, it is easy to become discouraged with the political process and all the shenanigans that seem to be going on. But I urge you to tune out some of that campaign noise and exercise your precious right to vote in the April 26th Pennsylvania primary.

In addition to the Presidential race, races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, all of the state House, half the state Senate, as well as state-wide row offices such as Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer are all up for a vote. Each of these races is important and will help decide the future of our state and our nation.

Despite any discouragement you may feel, please don’t sit out this election. Many brave men and women fought and died to preserve our treasured American freedoms, including the freedom to vote.

A vote is a terrible thing to waste. If for no other reason, vote in honor of the valiant veterans who helped to preserve that right for you.