By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
“Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” is the theme for the 2020 March for Life, which steps out on January 24thin Washington, D.C.
The theme brilliantly captures the essence of the pro-life movement: it strengthens rather than diminishes; it gives hope for those who might otherwise despair; and it affirms the inherent power that exists in the gift of life.
I recently attended a banquet where a young woman spoke about her unexpected pregnancy, and how the pro-life movement gave her the courage to go on. She has built a wonderful life for herself and her two children, and her stellar example is paving a path of inspiration for other women.
The abortion industry tells women you cannot give birth to a child because you’re too young…too poor…too uneducated…too weak. In sharp contrast, the pro-life movement informs women of their dignity and grace under pressure, encouraging them to build on their strengths to provide a loving environment for their children.
What could really be more powerful than a woman about to give birth to another human being? It is in procreation that a woman’s life-giving and life-nurturing power is unleashed, helping her to build a bridge to future generations.
We have seen time and time again how the abortion industry harms women. Sometimes, the harm is physical, as in a perforated uterus or other medical mistake. Often times, the wound is psychological, leading women to self-harm, substance abuse, or psychiatric crisis.
For those fortunate enough to attend the March for Life, the experience is definitely an empowering one. I will never forget my first March for Life, seeing the sea of humanity behind me as I made my way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. To view hundreds of thousands of people, marching in solidarity with pregnant women, is a stirring sight.
I was also touched the year I saw women of the Silent No More Awareness campaign leading the March. These courageous souls have suffered the trauma of abortion and do not want other women to experience the same pain. They lend their feet to the March and their voices to the cause of informing women about the dangers of abortion. They are heroic in every sense of the word.
It is also important to note that research indicates that as many as 60 percent of women are pressured into abortion. This means that boyfriends, husbands, fathers, mothers, and even grandparents are pushing them into an abortion they don’t even want. The pro-life movement stands in stark contrast, standing against the exploitation and subjugation of women. Women should feel free to make the decision defending life, without worrying that they will be forced out of their homes or become the victims of violence.
It is also so encouraging to see so many young people—high school and college students—join the ranks of marchers. They are marching for their generation. Because they know that there are sisters, brothers, cousins, and potential friends who are not here today because of legal abortion. They are the Survivor Generation, for they have survived under the Roe v. Wade, abortion-on-demand regime.
More than 61 million Americans have died because of legal abortion—many of them baby girls. To push for abortion is to promote the decimation of the female population. What could be more anti-woman than that?