Working together, we can make 2024 the Year of the Unborn Child

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

I decided to visit the website of a local television station to check out the day’s news. One of the most prominent stories on the site announced the area’s newest additions—the first babies to be born in the new year.

The photos of those little cherubs were indeed precious and personified the hope inherent in the beginning of January. It is a time of promise and possibility, when everything is new. The birth of those babies is a joy-filled experience, not only for their families, but for the greater community.

2024 is likely to hold many challenges for the cause of life. It is sobering to think that hundreds of thousands of babies die before they are able to enter the world—the result of the violent act known as abortion. Countless numbers of women are left to grieve the children they have lost as a result of this senseless slaughter.

It is incumbent upon the pro-life movement to show that there is a better path than abortion—one that respects the humanity of the unborn child and the incomparable gift that is motherhood. We are challenged to show compassion to pregnant women facing challenging circumstances and to offer them loving support. We must show them the love that might otherwise be missing from their lives.

As the first week of January unfolds, I rejoice in the new lives that have joined the human family. At the same time, I feel sorrow for those who were summarily denied their right to life in the coldness of an abortion center.

Working together, we can make 2024 the Year of the Unborn Child. For in that child lies our greatest hope. Who knows how many future artists and scientists, athletes and doctors will be born this year? The possibilities are as endless as our dreams.