By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The impact of the devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade ripples through the generations. I have often thought about the impact of Roe on families who lose children to abortion. An entire limb of the family tree is severed, meaning the loss of their children’s children …Continue reading "Roe’s enduring legacy: Three women…three generations…three abortions"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation We are a society in denial. Each day, over 2,400 precious preborn babies lose their lives to abortion in this country. Thousands of women are left to grieve the children they have lost. Yet, these losses are often invisible. No names are recorded on death certificates. …Continue reading "Helping post-abortion women find a path toward hope and healing."
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The Facebook post was impossible for me to ignore. The black and white photo held the distinct image of a baby in profile, safely tucked away in her mother’s womb. I had not known my friend was pregnant, until that moment when she revealed her Ultrasound …Continue reading "In our time of the Coronavirus, a joyous news flash reminding us of the great gift of new life"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Sometimes, it is those little “aha” moments in life that strengthen my convictions about the nobility of the pro-life cause. I recall a meeting I once had with a state representative to brief her on Pennsylvania’s landmark Parenting and Pregnancy Support program, which is administered by …Continue reading "The Power of the “aha” moment"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation When I began working as a secular journalist, the Associated Press stylebook became my Bible. Although the AP stylebook has many competitors, it remains enormously influential. The AP stylebook prescribes the language that is approved for usage for news stories. I quickly learned that, in my …Continue reading "When Roe v. Wade is overturned, the case for life will have the last word"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation He thought he would live to be 100—but it seemed like his Creator had different plans. My father had seemed so invincible, surviving a stint as an airman in the Korean War, then, nearly two decades later, winning a difficult battle against a debilitating form of …Continue reading "A passion for life and a strong belief that life was always worth living, no matter how difficult the circumstance"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation COVID-19 appears to have claimed a different kind of casualty in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: abortion center inspections. A recent check of the Pennsylvania Department of Health website showed that the latest inspection listed occurred five months ago—in February. While a standard 41-day lag time exists …Continue reading "In spite of the horrors on display in the trial of Kermit Gosnell, abortion clinics not being inspected during COVID-19"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It is the sixth anniversary of a milestone in Pennsylvania—the enactment of a law which provides education and support for pregnant women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. “Chloe’s Law,” also known as Act 130 of 2014, is landmark legislation which ensures that families …Continue reading "“Chloe’s Law” provides an antidote to the anti-life mentality that oppresses persons with an extra chromosome"
Real Alternatives, Inc. has served more than 320,000 pregnant women and their families By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. This appeared in the July digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please read the entire 45-page issue and share with your pro-life family and friends. A woman is pregnant …Continue reading "A supportive and caring program that transforms the life of pregnant women who are uncertain and alone"
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Have you ever known someone who offered a ray of sunshine on the stormiest days? An individual who could help you see a path forward as dark clouds of despair seemed to swirl around you? A person who lit up the way with an optimism that you …Continue reading "Hope and love, the twin pillars of the pro-life movement"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation A story out of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area shows love will find a way—even in the midst of a pandemic. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, 15-year-old Maddie finally has a forever family to call her own. The Coronavirus did postpone a final adoption hearing …Continue reading "Even in the midst of a pandemic, love finds a way"
By Maria V. Gallagher The friends had gathered together via video-conferencing—the next best thing to “being there” in these days of Corona virus. The prayer requests flowed out like a torrent—for a husband recovering from cancer surgery…for a son awaiting medical test results…for friends in California who cannot attend church services—again—because of COVID-19. And then, …Continue reading "Babies are always blessings—sometimes two-fold or three-fold"