By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The headlines happen to be filled with hatred for humanity this past week. Here are just two examples.
One news story notes that the Governor of North Carolina has vetoed a bill to stop infanticide.
Another breaks the news that a Presidential candidate, Democrat Pete Buttigieg, defends abortions up to birth, calling it “a personal decision.”
It seems horrific enough that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion, has led to abortions during all nine months of pregnancy. But the fact that politicians are defending the practice seems incomprehensible.
Make no mistake–late-term abortions and infanticide are vile hate crimes against both mother and child. They are brutal, ghastly, and painful–and should not be permitted in a civilized society.
How can we respond to these atrocities? What can we say when a candidate dismisses late-term abortion as just another choice, as if it were as simple as asking for more caramel in your latte?
We can begin by contemplating the words of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, who famously stated in a sermon,
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
We must respond to the darkness and despair of abortion and infanticide with the light of life-giving options.
We need to redouble our efforts to reach out to pregnant women facing challenging circumstances.
We must recommit ourselves to educating people about the painful truths about abortion and infanticide.
We need to show public officials how deep and how wide our love is for preborn babies and their mothers and fathers. We need to gently but courageously remind candidates of this fundamental truth: all human life is precious and deserves protection, no matter what the circumstances.
We need, in the end, to demonstrate why pro-life is indeed pro-love.