By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation A Pennsylvania teenager with Down syndrome and a noted disability rights activist from Ireland came together to make history on St. Patrick’s Day. High school sophomore Chloe Kondrich joined Michael O’Dowd of Disability Voices for Life to sign the historic Global Declaration on Eradicating the Genocide …Continue reading "Making pro-life history on St. Patrick’s Day"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Pageant contestant Mikayla Holmgren is a true trailblazer. In 2017, the young woman became the first person with Down syndrome to ever compete in a Miss USA state competition. Meanwhile, Chloe Kondrich is a teenager who has accomplished more in her young life than some people …Continue reading "Down Syndrome Protection Act Proves Every Life is Precious"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation I have found that some of the most eloquent spokespeople for the pro-life movement are the youngest ones. That truth became abundantly clear once when I was reading through dozens of “thank you” cards for state lawmakers that had been handmade by students, some as young …Continue reading "Protecting unborn babies “helps make the earth a better place for everyone”"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation When I was a child, my mother filled our family life with celebrations. Each holiday included festive decorations, special desserts, and holiday-themed dinnerware. From Valentine’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day to the 4th of July, each holiday was a cause for reverie and remembrance. But my …Continue reading "An insult to mothers around the nation—the Abortion Provider Appreciation Day"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As I write this column I am sitting in an office festooned with paper flowers, balloons, and streamers. The decorations came courtesy of our intern, Katy, who decided that I had to celebrate my birthday in style. Her co-horts in this caper were her mother Robin …Continue reading "Everyone deserves a Birthday"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation I once attended a talk where the female attendees were shocked to learn that the total number of abortions in the U.S. at that point was more than 58 million. (Now it is more than 60 million.) Nearly one million abortions occur each year–more than 32,000 …Continue reading "The more than 60 million victims of Roe v. Wade"
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. One of my favorite programs, “American Idol,” returned to the air in 2018 after being off two years. Last night marked the beginning of Season Two of the newest iteration of American Idol. It made me think of this terrific post from 2016. HARRISBURG, Pa.–The …Continue reading "Saving All Our American Idols"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It was one of those Facebook posts which breaks your heart. A young mother who had just given birth to twins found out that one of her newborn baby boys was in medical trouble. He was flown to a distant children’s hospital where he could receive …Continue reading "The only difference between a baby who is born prematurely and a baby fighting for life after a botched abortion is location: the NICU"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Once, while skimming through a news summary of an abortion-related study, I came upon the acronym “T.O.P.” Since my eye had been racing down the email, I had to double-back to try to find out what T.O.P. stood for. The answer? “Termination of Pregnancy.” I then …Continue reading "“T.O.P.” distances women from the causalities of all abortions"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Outrage. That was the number-one emotion lighting up my Facebook page, as friend after friend expressed their deep and justified anger at the blockage of a U.S. Senate bill to stop infanticide by the nearly uniform opposition of Senate Democrats. Although the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection …Continue reading "As Senate Democrats foil legislation to treat abortion survivors, “Who weeps for the victim?”"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation When I began studying television news reporting and production in college, I learned the incredible power of video to tell a story. No matter how strong the words I had written might be, my script would always be overshadowed by the visuals. If the visuals were …Continue reading "Woman completely changes her mind after video shows the horrors of abortion"
By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation One of the greatest compliments that can be paid to a mother and father is that their son or daughter could someday grow up to be President of the United States. And so, on this day which honors the highest office in the land, it is …Continue reading "President’s Day: A Pro-Life Reflection"