The issue of abortion can never be considered settled as long as babies are dying and mothers are grieving
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
When I was in first grade and just beginning my adventure in reading, Sister Marcia held up a sign that said “do.” She asked my classmates and me how the word was pronounced. I immediately raised by hand and shouted out, “Doh,” as in one of my favorite songs from the “Sound of Music” (“Do…a deer, a female deer…). A male classmate piped up “Doo,” and Sister Marcia declared that he had the right answer.
Looking back, I can laugh at my sing-along reading skills, but I think the incident points out an important fact about communication. We cannot communicate well if we are confused about the words we use.
If the word “abortion” is defined as “reproductive freedom” or “a woman’s right,” as abortion advocates like to do, it is far more likely to be tolerated—even celebrated.
But abortion is in fact the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life. It is an inherently violent act, which leaves a mother to grieve the child she has lost. The mother, in fact, becomes collateral damage, suffering psychologically, spiritually, even physically. You cannot sever the bond between mother and child and expect the woman to emerge unscathed.
The act of abortion denies the freedom of a child to grow up and reproduce. It also denies the right of a woman to experience the maturation of her baby. It is death-dealing rather than life-giving and, as such, is, by its very nature, anathema to the human spirit.
The issue of abortion can never be considered settled as long as babies are dying and mothers are grieving. To think that, through some clever turns of phrase, we can eradicate the damage caused by legal abortion is ridiculous.
Whole classrooms of children are missing today because of legal abortion. More than 64 million brave souls have been lost because of this scourge on our land.
The only way out of this mess is through truth-telling and the pursuit of justice for the most vulnerable among us. Anything short of that is just another failed campaign promise.