By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Every so often, I receive an update from my friend about the progress being made by twin babies who were born into her extended family. The brother and sister have already overcome a number of health challenges in their young lives, yet, some would say miraculously, they have survived.
They spent many days in the NICU before they received the green light to go home. Recently, the baby girl had to return to the hospital because of a case of bronchitis. Friends are pulling for the twins who have defied so many odds and have awakened so much hope in those who know them and love them.
So much time and so many resources have been invested in these little ones—but we know it is a wise investment. For they come without a price tag, and their worth is beyond measure.
In our modern society, we are fortunate to be able to have achieved so many medical milestones. Premature babies who might have perished in the past are now thriving, thanks to scientific advances.
Which makes the issue of abortion all the more tragic. When babies can be saved at ever earlier stages of development, why are some states passing propositions that allow unlimited abortion?
I have to believe that many voters are terribly misinformed about what “access to abortion” means in 21st century America. It is carte blanche to allow abortions for any reason, or no reason, during all nine months of pregnancy.
On the one hand, NICUs heroically save tiny lives. On the other hand, abortionists take young lives away. It is a tragic lesson that we are teaching our children—that lives at the same gestational age can be saved in one end of a hospital and taken at another end.
I look forward to the day when every preborn child will be given a fighting chance of survival, when the abortion industry will lay down its tools of destruction and cease to ply its tragic trade. For every child deserves to be protected and cherished—no matter the circumstances of her conception.
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