By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The year 2020 will be critical when it comes to the “life issues” in Pennsylvania and across America.
To begin with, it may be the most important election year of our lives. While President Donald Trump has achieved a stellar pro-life record, not one of the huge slate of Democratic candidates for President is pro-life. Not one. In fact, they are pro-abortion absolutists.
In addition, 2020 will determine whether pro-life or pro-abortion forces control the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. With a pro-life Congress, new laws could be enacted which would ban brutal dismemberment abortions, ensure treatment and care for newborns who survive abortions, and bar grotesque late-term abortions.
In Pennsylvania, the coming election year will decide the fate of 200+ state legislative seats. Whether we can hold pro-life majorities in the Pennsylvania state Senate and the state House will depend on the outcome of the general election.
The Keystone State legislature will also be considering a number of bills regarding the sanctity of innocent human life, including House Bill 2138, which would require abortion facilities to post their state health inspection reports on their websites.
You can expect other state legislatures around the nation to take up important life-saving, heart-changing legislation in the coming year.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people from throughout the country will descend on the nation’s capital for the 2020 March for Life. Marchers this year will be gathering under the theme of “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”
As will be the case with the many state commemorations of Roe v. Wade, the January 24th event in Washington, D.C. will be an effective way to showcase how the pro-life movement empowers women, helping them to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.
Life will also be on the agenda at the U.S. Supreme Court. The High Court has set March 4th as the date for hearing oral arguments in a Louisiana abortion case. At issue is a law which requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. This common sense measure is necessary for safeguarding the health and safety of women in the Bayou state.
Busy, busy, busy—that’s what we can expect on the life front in 2020. With your help, countless lives can be saved—and untold numbers of lives can be changed for the better—through peaceful pro-life activism, education, and legislative efforts.