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2015: A Good Year for Life in Pennsylvania!

by | Dec 15, 2015

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Maria Gallagher

Maria Gallagher

2015 may be remembered as one of the pivotal years in the decades-long campaign to protect innocent human life.

A series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress shined a spotlight on the inner-workings of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation. People around the world were stunned by footage showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials callously discussing the harvesting of the body parts of babies while eating their salads and sipping wine. The outrage over the videos sparked Congressional investigations, along with a renewed effort to strip the abortion giant of its treasure chest of taxpayer funds.

Here in Pennsylvania, lawmakers introduced a measure that would re-direct women’s health funds away from abortion facilities and toward entities that are focused on women’s real health needs. Abortions in Pennsylvania are now at an all-time low, thanks to a variety of factors.

Our protective laws-including a 24–hour waiting period, informed consent, parental consent, tougher abortion facility inspections and no taxpayer funding of abortion under Obamacare–have played a major role in reducing abortion. The proliferation of pro-life pregnancy help centers, along with the closure of at least five abortion facilities, have also cut abortion rates.

Our pro-life town hall tour-in which staff members circle the state sharing up-to-the-minute pro-life information-proved to be more popular than ever. Pennsylvanians are enthusiastic about the pro-life cause, and they want to be equipped with the tools necessary to help rebuild a culture of life in their local communities. We were edified and ennobled by the touching testimony of preacher Billy Graham’s daughter Ruth Graham and his granddaughter Windsor Bauders at our inspiring Celebrate Life Banquet.

2015 also saw an increase in our pro-life majority in the Pennsylvania Senate. The current class of state lawmakers may be the most committed the Commonwealth has ever seen in terms of their determination to safeguard the sanctity of innocent human life.

But we will not rest on the achievements of 2015. Pro-lifers in Pennsylvania are poised to make additional gains in the year ahead, as we work diligently, creatively, and energetically to make 2016 a year of cultural, educational, and political renewal. Our task is formidable, but we will not give up until every single innocent human life is cherished and protected under the law.

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