By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
I have found that some of the most eloquent spokespeople for the pro-life movement are the youngest ones.
That truth became abundantly clear once when I was reading through dozens of “thank you” cards for state lawmakers that had been handmade by students, some as young as the first grade.
One card carried an ink drawing of a bumble bee. On one wing the student wrote, “I’m alive,” and on the other wing, “Alleluia.”
Another card, emblazoned with a pink heart, carried the message, “Dear fellow pro-lifer, thank you so much for your courage. I appreciate your support of the pro-life cause.”
A student named Jasmine submitted a card with a picture of a pair of baby feet on the front. Inside, the card read, “Save the babies. Don’t let your child die. Don’t kill babies.”
Students at St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, sent cards with teddy bears carrying baskets of flowers on the front. Inside one of the cards, a boy named Tyler wrote, “Dear Legislator, thank you for saving the lives of unborn babies. Sometimes it’s hard to stand for what you believe in. Thank you for all of your efforts to stop abortion.”
A girl named Grace wrote, “Dear Lawmakers, thank you for supporting pro-life. We really appreciate all your help! It is so sad to hear about all the babies in trouble or that have passed. Then when I hear people are helping, supporting, and protecting them, it makes me feel happy. We are praying for you, and thinking of your work.”
One school—Good Shepherd in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania—submitted more than 100 cards for legislators. A strong, encouraging pro-life message appeared in each one!
Reading through the large volume of thank you notes, I was once again reminded of the enthusiasm of so many young people for the pro-life cause. Even the littlest ones know that babies are precious and should be protected under the law.
These young citizens are using the resources available to them—markers, crayons, pencils, pens, and construction paper—to send an important message to their elected officials. They want innocent human life to be protected, beginning from its earliest stages of development forward.
What is our job as adults? To encourage young people in their pro-life advocacy. When they get to college, they will be bombarded with anti-life messages. It may take every ounce of strength they have to resist the pervasive culture of death.
With all the death and destruction that has been in the news as of late, it is easy to lose heart. Please don’t.
The next generation is willing and able to accept the pro-life torch and raise it high. Their earnest efforts can lead to a nation where every child is cherished and each mother is respected and supported.
Remember the words of Caroline, a student at Good Shepherd, “Thank you for protecting babies and supporting them too. This helps make the earth a better place for everyone.”