Learning early there is a straight line from abortion to euthanasia and assisted suicide

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

I will never forget sitting in my seventh grade class, astonished at what my teacher had just written on the blackboard.

She had drawn a line leading from the word “abortion” to the word “euthanasia.” Her point was that taking a life in a mother’s womb would inevitably lead to a lack of respect for the lives of the elderly.

That memory came back to me one time when I paged through a  People magazine. The publication included what would best be described as a promotional piece on euthanasia. (The magazine typically categorizes these stories under “human interest” and “health*dying.”)

The article related how a woman “helped” her mother die. The piece included no counterpoint, making it sound as if taking the life of one’s mother was the most natural thing in the world.

This is where legal abortion has brought us. Not only have more than 62 million defenseless children been put to death, now grandparents are in danger of being sacrificed on the altar of “choice.”

Pop culture’s embrace of “disposable” human life is just one more reason why the pro-life movement is so important. From the corridors of state capitols to the halls of Congress, courageous individuals are fighting to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. The helpless targets needing protection include preborn children, unsuspecting seniors, and people with disabilities.

Through education, we can do what my teacher did so long ago. We can show the younger generation that all human beings deserve protection–from the very dawn to the twilight of life.