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The reasons the Pro-Life Movement is optimistic

by | Sep 10, 2014


By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life FederationprolifeyouthreI have to admit that, when I first became involved in the pro-life movement, I thought that the whole nasty business of abortion would end in a few years. After all, I reasoned, many people—especially women—would have to come to the inescapable conclusion that abortion ended an innocent human life and that it hurt, rather than helped, women.

Tragically, we still have abortion with us. There are not currently enough votes on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the disastrous Roe v. Wade ruling, which brought us essentially abortion on demand for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy.

It is also disturbing that abortion has driven us down the slippery slope to where several states have legalized assisted suicide. In addition it can also be persuasively argued that abortion has led to a coarsening of our culture and a disrespect for human life from conception to old age.

Then why do I harbor real reason for hope?

The hope begins with the truism that our cause is just. Respect for human life is one of the principles our founding fathers and mothers held dear. Just because (for now) the clouded vision of many in our society prevents them from seeing the full humanity of the unborn child or the infinite value of the elderly soul does not mean that both do not have infinite worth or are unworthy of respect and protection.

Moreover public opinion is also turning our way. National polls show the vast majority of Americans oppose the reasons for which almost all abortions are performed. Support for the pro-life cause is greater among young people today than it was among the youth of past decades. The hundreds of thousands who throng the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. are a testament to both the vitality and the youthfulness of the pro-life movement.

Thankfully abortion totals, while still appalling, are down. Laws providing greater protection to unborn children and their mothers are on the increase. The two are inextricably linked.

And preborn babies are visible. Ultrasounds, in particular, are virtually everywhere—on Facebook, Twitter, in cyberspace, on cell phones, in family albums, and taped to refrigerator doors.

Pregnancy help centers, where women can obtain comprehensive help for themselves and their babies, outnumber abortion facilities nationwide. Change is not only in the air—it is in corridors of state Capitols.

This is an exciting time to be part of the pro-life movement. If you are not already involved—join it! You will not only be helping to save lives—you will be on the right side of history as well.

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