The babies of Philadelphia have lost a dear friend

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Carla Ezell, with Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

The City of Brotherly Love lost a valiant champion for the cause of life this week.

Carla Ezell, the former Southeast (PA) Regional Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, died after an impressive tenure trying to rebuild the abortion capital of the Commonwealth into a safe haven for life.

Carla was known for her grace and elegance—a gentle giant of a pro-life leader. She was especially instrumental in promoting the life issues in churches in the greater Philadelphia area and within the African-American community.

The babies of Philadelphia have lost a dear friend, and so have I.

Carla was a great cheerleader for the work of our National Right to Life affiliate, boosting our resolve with her encouraging words. She was a tower of strength, never allowing discouragement to undermine her life-affirming efforts.

Two years ago, Carla wrote a powerful reflection for Black History Month, which is observed in February across the U.S. each year.

Carla’s words sum up the current situation in our nation much better than mine ever could. She wrote:

“Nothing in life is perfect. Life comes with struggles and pain no matter who we are. But we make it harder when we do not tell the truth about aborting our preborn babies. The fact is we are killing our future. I see nothing to be proud of when babies are sucked out of the wombs of mothers every day and then sold to industries that use the organs of these little ones for the financial gain of Planned Parenthood and others in the business of abortion.

“We are accountable for our silence.”

Carla had the courage not to be silent—in the face of overwhelming odds. In her memory, let us strive to redouble our efforts to be a voice for the vulnerable voiceless within our communities.