By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
“Beauty will save the world,” wrote author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
I believe this is especially true when it comes to the issue of abortion.
Abortion is inherently ugly, its gruesomeness shown in the suctioning of a preborn baby’s body and the ripping apart of tiny legs and arms. It is a ghastly enterprise, perhaps best demonstrated in the story of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was ultimately convicted of murdering three full-term babies and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar. Gosnell plied an ugly trade and is suspected of killing hundreds of babies he delivered alive and then “snipped” their spinal cords.
In sharp contrast, a baby is inherently beautiful, as indicated by the “oohs” and “ahhs” which accompany the miracle known as birth. To see the face of a newborn is to catch a glimpse of heaven. It stirs the soul and lifts the spirit–as all beauty does.
With each abortion, the abortionist is killing beauty. He or she is depriving the world of an unrepeatable, intrinsically lovely creation.
The pro-life movement challenges our nation and our world to rediscover beauty–the beauty of a baby’s eyes, the gorgeousness of a smile, the preciousness of little feet.
In celebrating life we are celebrating beauty, that other-worldly attribute which will indeed save the world.