By Maria Gallagher, legislative director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
They rarely lead network and cable news broadcasts—so the fundamental “life” issues—abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia– are often overlooked by the mainstream media.
Yet, as I prepare for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s Celebrate Life Banquet this week, I am reminded how the life issues actually form the core of many of the controversies that exist in the U.S. today.
In fact, I need only reflect on our keynote speaker and our two honorees to see how the pro-life movement addresses many of the struggles families encounter in day-to-day life.
Our speaker, Ryan Bomberger, is a fascinating fellow who is both an adoptee and an adoptive father. His biracial heritage leads to an important perspective on the black genocide of abortion that has claimed so many African-American lives. As he states in his insightful book, Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong, “Abortion is the number one killer in the black community, at rates up to 5 times higher than those among whites.”
The recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award is a former Philadelphia Eagles running back who knelt in the end zone after a touchdown, earning the nickname, “the praying tailback.” The now Rev. Herbert Lusk was showing courageous leadership on the playing field long before professional football became political news. Pastor Lusk recognized the tremendous tragedy and trauma abortion was causing in Philadelphia’s African-American community and founded the HOPE Pregnancy Center to empower women and save lives.
Meanwhile, our Leadership Award winner, Dr. Theresa Burke, noticed a connection between eating disorders and post-abortion trauma. This led her to launch Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in Philadelphia, which have now spread worldwide, helping women find hope and healing after the heartache of abortion.
So, issues that have dominated the news in recent weeks—race, professional football, and women’s interests—will all converge as we come together to attempt to heal our Commonwealth in a night of remembrance and enlightenment.
The life issue is the fundamental issue of our time, even if it does not appear on your local news broadcast.