By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
In recent weeks a good friend passed away, and I am still coming to grips with that tremendous loss.
Decades ago—in a past I had no knowledge of—my friend had an abortion. I never knew what drove her decision. Was she pressured by a boyfriend or her own parents? Was she financially-strapped, not knowing if she would be able to pay the rent the next month? Was she deceived by someone selling abortion, who claimed that the life within her was just a clump of cells? Why did no one come to her aid, empowering her to make a life-affirming decision? I will never know the answers to those questions.
But what I do know is that she deeply regretted that abortion—so much so, in fact, that she worked diligently and compassionately to prevent other abortions from taking place. She was a model of gentle strength, and people were drawn to her like honey bees to a lovely, one-of-a-kind flower. In the pro-life movement, she truly blossomed.
While claiming to be an advocate for women, the pro-abortion movement completely ignores women like my friend. These are women who had abortions, who now recognize their tragic mistake. They work tirelessly to try to ensure that other women do not fall prey to the abortion industry, which takes innocent life and leaves mothers alone to grieve their profound and irreplaceable losses.
It is my deep honor to know these women who have turned their back on the abortion industry and who now courageously and unapologetically champion the gift of life. They provide a well spring of inspiration and enrich the pro-life movement with their determination and dedication.
I do not know how many lives my friend saved during her tenure in the pro-life movement. I just hope that now, in the presence of the Almighty, she has been reunited with the child she lost to abortion. And I believe that she has now heard the words so many of us long to experience: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”