A pro-life perspective on President’s Day

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

One of the greatest compliments that can be paid to a mother and father is that their son or daughter could someday grow up to be President of the United States.

And so, on this day which honors the highest office in the land, it is altogether fitting that we reflect on the Presidency and the issue of “life” in America.

George Washington, our first President, once stated, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

Certainly, an ultrasound showing a baby sucking her thumb is bringing truth to light. Ultrasounds conclusively demonstrate the scientific truth that the preborn child represents human life in all its astounding glory.

The third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

There are many helpful synonyms for “unalienable,” including “non-negotiable,” “intrinsic,” and inviolable.” Therefore, written onto the hearts of the founding fathers was a recognition that the right to life could not tampered with. It was an inviolable human right that must be fully respected and defended.

Notes for speeches delivered in the latter part of 1859 before he became our 16th President include this from Abraham Lincoln, suggesting the dangers that arise when people use the nation’s venerable Constitution for perverse purposes: “…The people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it…” 

Once a court has lost its way…as the Supreme Court did in its tragic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision…a course of correction is possible–but not easy.

Consider, for instance, the words of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt: “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.” For, as his successor, President William Howard Taft, observed, “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

Still, hope reigns in the soul of every American who believes that one of this nation’s worst wrongs can be righted…that justice can be restored to the voiceless…and that the vision of a life-affirming legal system can be realized.

George W. Bush explained his philosophy: “I do not believe the promises of the Declaration of Independence are just for the strong, the independent, the healthy. They are for everyone-including unborn children.” 

President Ronald Reagan once keenly remarked, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” Thus it is a question of not only prevailing in courts but persuading people to open their eyes to the humanity of the child in the womb.

We have special reason to celebrate this President’s Day. Our current Chief Executive, Donald J. Trump, has been called the most pro-life President in U.S. history. From attempting to safeguard taxpayer dollars from abortion to using the bully pulpit to proclaim the sanctity of human life, President Trump has been a true champion for preborn children and their mothers and fathers. The Trump Administration is historic in its pursuit of pro-life policies that recognize the inherent value and dignity of life.

As President Trump said in his 2020 State of the Union address, “Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.”  

Certainly, that is a statement for the history books—and recognition that the voiceless are being given a resounding voice in the White House.