9/11, Heroism, and the dignity and value of each and every human life

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It is with great pain that I revisit the events of 9/11/2001. I recall the shock and disbelief I felt when I flipped on a television and saw the second plane fly into New York’s Twin Towers. When another plane hit the Pentagon, I feared that …

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The life of an unborn child 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 contentious female friendships when I was surprised to see one of the leading ladies show up …

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“Pro-choice”: an illusion and a misnomer

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation When I began working as a radio reporter while still in college, I quickly learned how decisively important the choice of words was and is in conveying the meaning of a story. On the topic of abortion, for example, I thought that the best way to refer …

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Listen to post-aborted women and they will tell you the agonizing truth about their decision to end unborn life

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation “Listen to women.” It is a common refrain among pro-abortion advocates, signaling that resistance to abortion at any time, for any reason is evidence of patriarchy gone wild. But the fact of the matter is that apologists for the abortion industry, along with pro-abortion politicians, regularly …

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Abortion forever severs the bond between mother and child

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It was with a mixture of emotions that I noted “Women’s Equality Day” this week. I am quite thankful for the sacrifices and struggles that our foremothers underwent to ensure that American women live in a free and equal society. I treasure my right to vote, …

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On the 24th anniversary of “The Gospel of Life”–Pope John Paul, A Great Man Who Could Have Been Aborted

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked. Editor’s note. …

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PA Girl with Down Syndrome to be Featured in Times Square

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation One of Pennsylvania’s own will soon be gracing the big screen at Times Square in New York. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Kondrich, a vivacious student who happens to have Down syndrome, will be featured on the big double screen September 14th. Her captivating photo will be part of …

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Empty Desks at Back to School Time

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation As children around the U.S. head back to school, I think about the children who are missing because of legal abortion. It is not a small number. Figures from the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, indicate nearly one million abortions occur each …

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Reading Between the Lines of Campaign Rhetoric

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Things are not always what they seem to be–especially on the campaign trail. Recently, I listened to a National Public Radio political podcast featuring Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). During the interview, Warren stated, “We are called on to see the value of every …

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Marking the two-year Anniversary of an Abortion Center Closure

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation It’s the kind of anniversary that calls for a grand celebration. It has now been about two years since Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s long-standing abortion facility, the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center, shut its doors. Who knows how many precious lives have been saved—and how many women have been …

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Google and the Politics of Pregnancy

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation She was married, but finances were tight. So when she was abruptly dismissed from her job, the removal carried with it a decimating economic sting. The reason for her forced departure? She was pregnant with me. I always felt a tinge of sadness and a healthy …

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