Darkness will never overcome the light

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

While listening to a cable news show, I heard a report about a piece written by a woman who believed she had spotted a trend—people who were afraid to have children because of climate change.

We live in turbulent times, with news programs chronicling problems ranging from crime to religious discrimination to tensions in schools. At times, these troubles can seem overwhelming, the dilemmas unsolvable.

In modern history, the U.S. has weathered wars, economic upheaval, and social unrest. We survived the Great Depression and World War II, 9/11 and the War on Terror. In the midst of such tragedies and traumas, hope can seem hard to come by.

And yet, our greatest hope lies in our children, who are born with amazing possibility and promise. As Carl Sandburg wrote, “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

That is not to minimize the difficult circumstances that may face the mother and father of a preborn child. But when we stand together, showing solidarity for these precious little ones, miracles can happen.

I see it every day. A premature baby who defies the odds and flourishes. Twins who emerge victorious after a stint in the NICU. Children who were counted out who grow up to do incredible things.

Darkness will never overcome the light. No doubt our nation faces great challenges. But the spark of life that defines the child in her mother’s womb can be our greatest joy and our most incredible hope.

Today’s ultrasound can be part of tomorrow’s solution—if only we have eyes to see.