By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
It was with a mixture of emotions that I noted “Women’s Equality Day” this week.
I am quite thankful for the sacrifices and struggles that our foremothers underwent to ensure that American women live in a free and equal society. I treasure my right to vote, my professional prospects, and equal treatment under the law.
But I cannot help but think that feminist pioneers such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would be deeply disappointed with the failures that keep women oppressed.
Key among these is legalized abortion. Millions of baby girls are denied the right to life under the Roe v. Wade regime. They are unable to exercise any rights, because they have been robbed of the most fundamental of these—the mere right to exist.
Moreover, rather than providing freedom to women, legalized abortion can entrap them in a vicious cycle of abuse. Their partners subject them to violence to the point which the abusers demand that they surrender their preborn children to the abortionist’s grisly tools. The pattern of abuse can then easily resume, as they are not only physically beaten by their significant others, but emotionally battered as well.
The act of abortion itself is abusive to women, for it forever severs the bond between mother and child. Women are left to grieve their children lost to abortion—often in secrecy and silence.
The battle scars can lead to substance abuse, suicide attempts, eating disorders, and all manner of self-harm. The cruel legacy of abortion can then traumatize succeeding generations—such as the siblings of the aborted child—and the preceding generation, as grandparents struggle with the loss of their descendants.
I long for the day when we can celebrate women’s true equality—when all pregnant women are supported, cherished, and loved, along with their priceless progeny.
Until then…as long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land…Women’s Equality Day will indeed be a cause for sober reflection on how far our society has yet to go.