Babies force us to call upon the better angels of our nature…to respond to the world with compassion and love

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

The importance of a single life — specifically, a baby’s life — to change the world can never be underestimated.

I was reminded of this critical truth this past weekend, when I was watching an interview on a cable television news program.

The interviewee was a man who had served time in prison, had reformed his life, and was now working to help other men behind bars find renewed hope and meaning.

The man, who had been raised in a gang-driven culture, credited his daughter for turning his life around. When he held her in his arms, something changed inside of him — and that change led to his redemption.

This is just one example of how the presence of a baby can dramatically alter the course of history — for the better. Babies force us to call upon the better angels of our nature…to respond to the world with compassion and love.

Even a hardened criminal can see the spark of the divine in his child’s eyes.

In this Easter season may we redouble our efforts to defend the most vulnerable among us — those who teach us lessons that help to make us better people.

For every single life is valuable and precious in the cosmic scheme of things. When the life of a preborn child is snuffed out through abortion, something (or, more appropriately, someone) is missing from the universe.

And that loss impoverishes us all.