By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
I vividly recall the morning of a March for Life some years ago, when I discovered that my car had been broken into. The driver’s side window was shattered and my sense of peace initially wavered.
And then I did what any dedicated pro-lifer would do: I dropped my car off at my mother’s house and headed to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.
In other words, I did not allow one incident of vandalism to deter me from my pro-life mission.
I was reminded of that long-ago incident today, when I learned about a Pennsylvania church being vandalized by pro-abortion extremists.
Philadelphia station NBC 10 reported that the entrance of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, had been spray painted with graffiti. The threatening words read, “You do not have the right to decide how others live, #prochoice.”
Church members cleaned the entrance of the graffiti Sunday morning and parishioners are reportedly checking surveillance video to locate the culprit.
The violation of church property is truly deplorable, and points to the frustration of pro-abortion activists. Just last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved House Bill 321, a common sense disability rights measure which would ban abortion for the sole reason of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bill passed by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority—just as a similar measure did last year.
Pro-life advocates hope the bill can pass the state Senate, although the pro-abortion Governor, Democrat Tom Wolf, has threatened to veto the measure. Wolf, a former Planned Parenthood facility escort, opposes all protective laws on abortion.
The Pennsylvania graffiti incident comes on the heels of a Right to Life of Michigan office being vandalized, along with a disturbing trend of pro-abortion crimes against pro-lifers across the country.
Violence against people and property is egregious and should be dealt with by authorities.
But if pro-abortion extremists think that they can deter peaceful pro-life activity, they are sadly mistaken. Our cause is just and our determination knows no bounds.