By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
When I saw the television report, I was mesmerized.
A Pennsylvania news outlet, Fox 43, carried the inspiring story of a newborn twin who had to be taken by helicopter to receive much-needed specialized treatment (See here.)
The flight nurses acted heroically to provide care and comfort to this precious baby who was undergoing respiratory distress. The story had a triumphant ending—the baby left the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was reunited with family.
It is comforting to know what lengths medical personnel will go to in order to save the life of a newborn baby. Many are willing to go the extra mile—even when that mile is logged in the skies aboard a Life Flight. They treat their tiny patients with the utmost compassion, knowing that those lives are sacred and worthy of the deepest respect.
And they realize what is at stake for the parents who nervously wait behind, wondering if their baby will pull through. As Dr. Justin Buland said in the Fox 43 report, after a mother delivers a baby, there is no worse feeling than when “you leave with an empty car seat” while the child is transported to receive the care she needs.
Medical technology has allowed doctors and nurses to save premature babies at earlier and earlier stages of development. As a result, miraculous rescues are occurring every day in cities across America.
It is time our laws caught up with the times. Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion back in 1973, should be tossed to the ash heap of history. Each state should be permitted to pass expansive protective laws which shield both mother and child from the tragedy of abortion.
How can we move heaven and earth on one hand to save a baby, when a facility up the road will take the life of a preborn child at the same level of development? A medical and legal dichotomy which pronounces a death sentence on some while preserving the lives of others simply cannot stand.
A Constitutional rescue is long overdue. Roe must be overturned to return sanity to our legal system as far as the lives of preborn babies are concerned.