An oasis of Hope: the HOPE Pregnancy Center

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation In the heart of the City of Brotherly Love lies an oasis of hope. Rev. Herbert Lusk II, the football player-turned-pastor, founded 12 years ago in Philadelphia, the abortion capital of Pennsylvania. The legacy of the HOPE Center rests in lives saved and hearts changed. In …

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The ultimate reality show? The development of the child in utero

An unborn child’s life is as dramatic as any series you will watch on cable television By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The reality of the hidden life of the unborn child can pop up in the least likely of places. I happened to be watching a “reality show” known for its …

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More than 100 members of Congress and the U.S. Senate have sent a letter to federal officials, demanding additional information about the fetal tissue experiments

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation A panel discussion in southwestern Pennsylvania this week shined a spotlight on gruesome allegations regarding research at the University of Pittsburgh. Panelist David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress indicated the university’s decision to hire a law firm to probe the situation was inadequate. “That’s …

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Love, the heart of the Gospel message, is also the heart of the pro-life movement

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It has been said, quite rightly, that the pro-life case can be made in purely secular terms. In other words, someone could be an atheist, and still believe in the sanctity of human life. But it is also important to note that people of faith have …

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I see great hope for the future as signified by The 2021 International Day of the Girl

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation I vividly recall an incident that occurred when I was a young girl. My mother had given me money to purchase a treat at the mall. I stood patiently in line, but kept getting passed over. I thought at the time that someday I would grow …

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The limitless possibilities for babies with Down syndrome

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All month we have posted new stories and reposting previously run stories. The next time you hear that the prospects for children with Down syndrome are bleak, I would like you to think about Chloe Kondrich. The 17-year-old …

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month reminds us our need to share our experiences of connection with people with an extra chromosome

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The young man greeted our party warmly as we walked through the door of a neighborhood restaurant. He approached his tasks with diligence and grace, and made us feel welcomed and special. The gentleman happened to have an extra chromosome. This did not matter, and should …

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A beautiful illustration of moral courage by a woman facing a crisis pregnancy will warm your heart

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation     Editors note. This is Down syndrome awareness month. This first ran last year. It is will warm your heart,     Cyberworld is full of amazing testaments to the beauty of life—if only we have eyes to see and a heart ready to be filled. I was reminded …

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Pennsylvania Pregnancy & Parenting Support program reaches 50,000 milestone mark

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The groundbreaking Pennsylvania program serving pregnant women and their families is about to achieve another major milestone. Pennsylvania’s Pregnancy & Parenting Support program is poised to administer aid to its 50,000th woman through the critical funding provided by the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grant. …

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The case for life with “just the facts” of fetal development

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As a journalism student, I was taught never assume. Yet, as a radio reporter, when covering the issue of abortion, I assumed that my listeners knew the basics about abortion. The huge irony here is that I myself did not have a fundamental knowledge of abortion–in …

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Against all odds, may every pregnant mother have the opportunity to hear her child’s laughter

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It was the laughter that struck me. The unmistakable sound of children’s laughter, coming from somewhere outside my apartment. The giggles were a refreshing escape from the monotony of the day, and they instantaneously made me smile. It is for them that advocates for life struggle …

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Campos-Duffy says “America will never be united until the evil of abortion is resolved.”

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Cable news host Rachel Campos-Duffy says pro-life advocates are the truth-tellers and the real advocates of women’s rights. The co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend, who is the mother of nine children, notes that the true feminists are those who defend the sanctity and dignity of …

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